File-Sync and -Share Battle Heats Up

File sync and share

1 - File-Sync and -Share Battle Heats UpFile-Sync and -Share Battle Heats Up

A survey of large enterprises finds that Amazon and Microsoft are locked in a fight for control over file-synchronization and -sharing services.

2 - Making the FSS DecisionMaking the FSS Decision

IT managers dominate the decision process. Just over a third (36%) identified the IT director followed by the CIO, at 20%, and the vice president of IT, at 15%.

3 - Amount of FSS Flexibility Afforded EmployeesAmount of FSS Flexibility Afforded Employees

Half the respondents (50%) said employees can opt to use a range of FSS options sanctioned by IT. A little more than a third (36%) block access to unsanctioned FSS via their firewall.

4 - FSS Offering Approved for UseFSS Offering Approved for Use

Microsoft SharePoint tops the list, at 38%, followed by Dropbox, at 26%, and Microsoft OneDrive, at 23%.

5 - FSS Offering Most Widely UsedFSS Offering Most Widely Used

Microsoft SharePoint tops the list, at 20%, followed by Microsoft OneDrive, at nearly 15%. Third is Dropbox, at 10%, followed by Citrix ShareFile, at 9%.

6 - Satisfaction with FSS SolutionSatisfaction with FSS Solution

More than 97% report being satisfied, with more than 60% being very satisfied.

7 - FSS Solution Adoption PlansFSS Solution Adoption Plans

In the next 12 months, 21% of those IT organizations that do use FSS plan to adopt a new one, while 13% that don’t said they will.

8 - Reasons for Adopting New FSSReasons for Adopting New FSS

Just over half (51%) cited a need for better teamwork and collaboration, while 46% cited the need to support remote employees and 41% said the ability to back up notebooks was a decision-driver.

9 - FSS Offering With Most AwarenessFSS Offering With Most Awareness

Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Drive top the list in a virtual tie, at 71%. Apple iCloud and Dropbox tied for third, at 66%.

10 -Top FSS Offerings Actually Being ConsideredTop FSS Offerings Actually Being Considered

Amazon Cloud Drive tops the list at 40%, followed by Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft SharePoint, each tied at 30%.

11 - FSS PreferencesFSS Preferences

All things being equal, more than 87% would prefer to own and manage their own FSS solution and more than half (53%) said they would not work with a cloud service provider that co-mingles data.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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