Amazon's file sharing service Zocalo now generally available

The service costs $5 per month after a free 30-day trial

Enterprises that want to share and store files online have yet another option now that Amazon Web Services has opened its Zocalo service to general availability.

This year has seen Amazon focus more on services aimed directly at end users; besides Zocalo it has also come out with hosted WorkSpaces virtual desktops. There is already heavy competition in this arena from Dropbox, Google, Microsoft and VMware, among others.

Amazon announced Zocalo in July and pitched the service as an enterprise-friendly way to store and share files. It lets administrators control security policies, user access and storage limits. Administrators can configure policies to prevent employees from sharing documents externally, for example. Integration with Active Directory is possible thanks to the Connect feature.

Another important management feature is the ability to choose the region where files are stored. At the moment, organizations can choose between Amazon's datacenters in Virginia, Oregon and Ireland. The company recommends choosing whatever datacenter is nearest to where most of the users are located, in order to reduce data access latencies.

Users can preview and comment on Microsoft Office files, PDFs, web pages, images, and text files directly in Zocalo. Beyond that they can store virtually any file type. The maximum size of a single file is 5GB, according to an FAQ about the service.

Apps offer offline access for Apple's iPads and Android-based tablets, including Amazon's own Kindle Fire products. Other devices can access the service via recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers. For desktops and laptops running Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7 or later Amazon offers a free desktop sync application.

You have either have or create an AWS account to use Zocalo, as the file-sharing service is set up using the AWS Management Console.

There's a 30-day free trial that includes 200GB of storage per user for up to 50 users. The cost after the trial is US$5 per user and month. The price tier for additional capacity is determined by the total amount of data across all users. The first terabyte costs $0.03 per month and gigabyte.

Amazon also announced that the CloudTrail logger now records calls made to the Zocalo API (application programming interface). CloudTrail records details about API calls and saves them as log files using Amazon's S3 bucket. That information can then be used to troubleshoot operational issues and make it easier to ensure compliance with internal policies as well as regulatory standards, Amazon said.

For now the API is internal, but Amazon plans to expose it in the future. Organizations that want to use the API can contact Amazon. The company is "very interested in learning more about the kinds of applications that you are thinking about building," it said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetAmazon Web ServicesInternet-based applications and services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender’s best-in-class security solutions have been awarded Product of the Year. Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?