Amazon Unveils Zocalo for Cloud-Based Collaboration

Tech giant Amazon wants in on enterprise storage and collaboration. On Thursday, the company announced the launch of a limited preview of Amazon Zocalo, an online storage and sharing service for businesses.

Zocalo, which translates from Spanish into square or place, allows PC, Mac or tablet users to comment on files, distribute them for feedback, and control versions. Administrators can integrate the service with existing corporate directories or audit logs, implement sharing policies, and determine where files will live. Policies can be set to control how users share.

Notification can be set up from Zocalo about reviewing deadlines. A sync client allows users to automatically upload files to Zocalo over an encrypted connection, with syncing across registered devices. Users can preview or comment on a wide range of file types, including Office files, PDFs, Web pages, images and text files. To preview or comment on a file, users do not need to have the application that created it.

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The cost is $5 per user monthly, which includes 200 GB of storage, and there's a 30-day free trial for up to 50 users, with 200 GB per user. Additional storage can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis, without limit. Zocalo is available for free to Amazon WorkSpaces customers, who get 50 GB of storage that can be increased to 200 GB for $2 monthly. The limited preview requires that prospective users, who need an Amazon Web Services account, fill out an online form, join a waiting list, and wait to be contacted to participate.

The Seattle-based company has been focusing on cloud services via its Web Services, and now Zocalo becomes a competitor to such online storage services as Box and Dropbox, both of which have added collaboration and other services on top of cloud-based storage.

Noah Eisner, GM for Zocalo, said in a statement...

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