A look at the latest cloud software and storage products on the market

PCR’s guide to cloud software and storage

We take a look at the what’s on offer for businesses looking to store important data in the cloud, enable their teams to work remotely and share files across a variety of devices.

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis, Spire Technology
In addition to updating the traditional programmes, Microsoft has developed brand new subscription versions of Office. Each new subscription offer will include the 2013 versions of the Office applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote2, Publisher2 and Access, plus cloud services such as Skype world minutes and online storage with SkyDrive too.
SRP: From £59.99

Contact: Google
Google Drive for Work includes unlimited storage for files, folders and backups. Sync all your files including Microsoft Office files across your computer, phone and tablet to access your work remotely. Google Drive for Work and Google’s data centres are SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 Type II, SOC 2-audited. Users can also have work files or folders in Drive, access them from any device and share them.
SRP: £6.60 per user per month

Contact: Dropbox
Dropbox for Business includes admin controls and can protect information both inside and outside an organisation. It offers 24/7 access to files and includes tools for onboarding, offboarding and managing teams. Dropbox for Business gives users the option to share files with external collaborators. It syncs files in the background the moment they are saved – so content is backed up and ready to be restored.
SRP: £11 per user per month

Distributor: Exertis
Instantly edit scanned paper, images or PDF files in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML and Corel WordPerfect. Omnipage works with virtually all scanners as well as all-in-one devices, digital cameras, iPhone and iPad 2 using 3D correction technology. Nuance Cloud Connector provides easy drag-and- drop access directly to cloud services, including Windows Live SkyDrive, GoogleDocs, Evernote, Dropbox and Box.net.
SRP: £79.99

Contact: MAXFocus
MAXFocus is a Managed Service Provider (MPS) platform that provides a range of features across key product areas – Remote management, Backup, Mail Security and Service Desk. Features include automated monitoring, remote access, data archiving, mobile device management as well as managed online backup.
SRP: Varies

Contact: iDrive
iDrive provides unlimited universal online backup for PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Users can transfer and store files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers. Files and folders are synced in real time across all devices linked with iDrive and users can access files backed up from PCs and Macs on mobile devices via iDrive’s iOS and Android apps.
SRP: Varies

Entatech 0333 101 1000
Exertis (Basingstoke) 01256 707070
Exertis (Harlow) 01279 822822
iDrive 1818 251 4245
MAXFocus 01382 309040
Spire Technology 01202 828444

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