Egnyte Review: The Cloud Storage Solution for Small Businesses
We’re big fans of cloud storage (“What is the Cloud?”) here at Zincubate – it provides small businesses with less expensive, easily accessible online storage for all data and files. Our cloud storage provider of choice is Egnyte, and we couldn’t be happier with the service it provides. Our information is constantly backed up, there are NO IT costs, there are great security features and controls are both sophisticated (for the more tech-savvy user) and simple (for the not-so-tech-savvy user).
I find myself to be in the latter category – as do many other small business owners who simply do not have the TIME to become tech-gurus. Navigating between cloud storage providers can be confusing to say the least. That’s why we submit this Egnyte Review to help you make the best decision for YOU and YOUR business.
Egnyte’s Simple Navigation
As I mentioned before, using Egnyte makes things simpler for those that need it and is easily customizable for those that don’t. Other services do not offer the same level of dedicated support for business owners to focus on running their companies – not fixing technology headaches. You do not have to be a technology wizard to get started, either. On my very first login, finding my way around was completely intuitive. When you login – you will be presented with two folders: a Private Folder and a Shared Folder.
I was hesitant about searching through the Shared Folder because our company’s Egnyte storage already contains thousands of documents. But, I was pleased to find that wasn’t an issue at all. You’ll see that when you get to your web-based dashboard, there is an easy drop-down menu on the left-hand side that allows you to maximize or minimize each folder. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for you can use their handy search bar to get what you need immediately:
I am very confident that Egnyte will prove easy-to-use for ANYONE (If someone as non-tech-savvy as myself can work with Egnyte, then it must be good!)
Access Your Files From Anywhere
Small business owners know that things just come up that need to be dealt with IMMEDIATELY. Problems and opportunities don’t wait for you to be in your office between the hours of 9 and 5pm! That’s why I love the convenience to access your files 24-7 – ANYWHERE! You can be on the beach in the bahamas and find the latest sales report your assistant uploaded to the cloud. Files load quickly, and you will avoid the anxiety that comes from not having access when you need it.
But wait – no review would be worth it’s salt if it didn’t focus on mobile accessibility. There is a fantastic mobile app for my iPhone that is easy to use and view from the convenience of my smartphone The mobile app allows you to quickly open and edit attachments, then save them back on the server so that your marketing department knows exactly brilliant thought popped into your head while you were sipping a mai tai on the beach. The setup is just about identical – once logged in, you’re able to access both your Shared and Private Folders. Also, the mobile app is FREE with your plan, and will save you tons of time – and headaches.
Rest Assured, Your Files are Safe and Secure
Online security is important on a personal level, but fears soar to new heights when it comes to conducting business in the cloud. With Egnyte, you can be absolutely sure that your information is protected. There are 5 layers of security protecting your data. Egnyte is even safe enough for doctors to use to keep sensitive health information.
Another great security feature is the ability to give specific users access to certain documents in shared folders. It’s extremely easy to add and remove users, and you can set certain permissions for each user. For example, I have the “Power User” level associated with my login, so I have access to every shared file. Give employees or staff members levels of use based only on a need-to-know basis and you can be at ease knowing data isn’t falling into the wrong hands. Removing access is as easy as clicking a button, too!
Other Great Egnyte Features
Egnyte has provided the Zincubate team with some amazing cloud storage options that have not only saved us money, but have increased our efficiency. This soft savings comes from being able to focus on our business’ growth, not managing a local server. It’s so easy to when we can share and collaborate with employees throughout the United States – all on the cloud. Here are some other fantastic features to review and consider as a small business owner:
- Flexible Cloud Pricing Plans: whether you are a company of 5 or 10,000, Egnyte has a plan for you. Don’t overdo your cloud storage – pick the plan that suits you company needs.
- Backup All Your Information: with Egnyte, the backing up is done for you. No need to worry about losing important client information or documents. It’s all handled for you through Egnyte.
- Files Sync Everywhere: Egnyte ensures that your information is available to you at all times with automatic syncing. Whatever you upload in your folders will sync to both the cloud and the local cloud.