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AWS Opens Zocalo for Widespread Use

Amazon Web Services recently launched its enterprise-level document-sharing service for public use, putting it in a position to compete with services like Dropbox. Called Zocalo, the service allows teams to store and share files, even commenting on them. Because it’s cloud-based, Zocalo can be accessed using PCs or mobile devices.

Aggressive Pricing

For only $5 per user per month, managed AWS users can deploy Zocalo across the organization. This grants each end user 200 GB of storage, as well as file-sharing capabilities. Administrators have access to a panel that allows them to manage user permissions and integrate with an existing Active Directory environment.

To try out the new service, businesses can sign up for a 30-day free trial. While Amazon is competing with other services for business file storage, the company already had a consumer-grade file storage service called Amazon Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive is popular with Amazon Fire owners, since they automatically receive unlimited file storage for their phones.

Call Recordings

In addition to rolling out Zocalo, Amazon also announced that AWS CloudTrail now will record phone calls made to the Zocalo API. This opens up the future possibility for businesses to build applications that will integrate with the Zocalo API. The company is soliciting feedback about the types of applications they’d build to work with Zocalo.

Zocalo has been available to select managed AWS users in preview since July. The company opened the preview up to those who expressed interest in participating on a space-available basis. At the same time as this launch, Dropbox has gone after the corporate world, lowering prices and increasing storage for its pro customers.

Amazon has posted several videos to the Zocalo site explaining how the service can benefit organizations. From here, businesses can create an account that will launch a 30-day free trial of the service, giving them time to try it out and see if it’s the best solution to meet their unique needs.

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