AWS Zocalo cloud doc sharing service

AWS debuts Zocalo doc sharing service

Amazon Web Services introduced Zocalo, a managed, secure enterprise storage and document sharing service the company said will offer enterprise administrators a simplified set of tools with strong security features.

The service, which  will enable users to store, exchange and collaborate with multiple documents on their desktop and mobile devices, takes direct aim at the big software-as-a-service providers in the space, including Google, Microsoft and Dropbox.

AWS said over the last several years that enterprise document and collaboration systems have tried to be too many things to users, and they ended up becoming overly complex for both users and IT organizations.

Zocalo general manager Noah Eisner said AWS “was increasingly being asked to provide an enterprise storage and sharing tool that was easy to use, allowed users to quickly collaborate with others and met the strict security needs of their organizations. That’s what Amazon Zocalo was built to do.”

The new service will give office and agency IT managers, according to Amazon, the administrative controls and feedback capabilities to improve user productivity. Administrators can set policies to control users’ sharing behavior, choose the AWS Region where users’ data is stored and view audit logs to track file and user activity, said AWS. All data stored in Zocalo is encrypted in transit and at rest.

The service will plug into existing Active Directory so users can use their existing work credentials to access the service. Zocalois priced at $5 per user per month, including 200 GB of storage. 

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