Taking a look at the key nine enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) cloud providers on the market today, the Forrester Wave(™): Enterprise File Sync And Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016 report evaluated these providers on 40 criteria.Forrester then analyzed and scored each of the nine reviewed EFSS providers to give enterprise architects information about which cloud service would work best for typical enterprise’s file sharing and storage needs.
The Forrester report is timely, as enterprises are rapidly moving their content to the cloud. According to data from the Forrester Wave report, 80% of enterprises plan to use software-as-a-service for some or all of their content services by 2018. As the enterprise cloud services market continues to grow, enterprise architecture professionals are looking for better ways to digitize business processes, inspire stronger and faster collaboration, and secure file sharing for their organizations. Which is why, according to Forrester, “Vendors that can successfully deliver simple life-cycle management, rights management, and library services to their customers are well positioned to become the next generation of cloud-based systems of record.”
Of the nine vendors analyzed, Google Drive was ranked as a “Leader” and cited for its “solid EFSS services, especially for very large file use cases.” Where other EFSS providers have lower file-size limits, Forrester notes that Drive’s capabilities can handle even enormous video files in the hundreds of gigabytes. With the highest score possible in the technology strategy criterion, Google Drive’s “collaboration and content co-creation capabilities are strong, particularly when used in the context of Google Apps for Work."
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