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File server alternatives? Dropbox/Box/ShareFile/Others

Does anyone have a recommendation on the best replacement for a Windows File Server in the cloud? I'm starting a small company where employees will need a central file store in order to share files. I need users to be able to access shared files from anywhere. I don't want to actually buy a server and have any server hardware in the office.

I also need to be able to create different groups and be sure that a user in one group can't access files belonging to another group. This type of functionality is simple with a Windows file server and active directory but seems far more complex when using DropBox for Teams. Security is pretty important to me so I'm curious what other people have had success with (DropBox, Box, ShareFile or others)

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Ben Unsworth
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Ben Unsworth Entrepreneur
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Hi -- I am out of the office today in transit. Please contact [removed to protect privacy] with anything urgent. Thanks, Ben
Tony Dobaj
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Tony Dobaj Entrepreneur • Advisor
CTO at Bizzz
Google docs has worked well for me - 50 bucks per user per year. I don't care for Dropbox.
Josh Orum
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Josh Orum Entrepreneur • Advisor
CMO, Operating Partner at Spotlight Equity
I've looked at a number of solutions in this space for my company as well. None were EXACTLY what I wanted, but a few came close. A lot of them are coming out of the file sharing space - consumers sharing individual files with one another - which doesn't translate well to corporate file servers.

I recommend checking out Box.net - it has robust roles-based permissions and may be exactly what you're looking for. I ended up not using it because it didn't support some of the file types our team uses.

An interesting alternative is Egnyte, which also offers good role-based permissions, and supports cheap local storage as well.
Jonatan Ary
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Jonatan Ary Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder. VP R&D at MUV Interactive
You can use Dropbox for teams, creating a folder with the team members with access to the folder.

Another option is to move to confluence by atlassian, you can create the documents (as wiki) and then export them as word and/or PDF.
Gil Benton
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Gil Benton Entrepreneur
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Box.com is great
Jay Patel
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Jay Patel Entrepreneur • Advisor
Senior Product Manager @ Atlassian
I'm biased since I work for Box, but you should look into the Box Starter and Box Business plans. You can also probably get enough functionality with the free Personal plan as if you take time to organize folders the right way and only share links with the appropriate people. But the more advanced groups and administrative features are only available with the Business plan. In terms of security and scale as your business and needs grow, I genuinely believe Box is your best bet. Good luck finding the right service. Message me if you want more info. Thanks. Jay
Greg Hacobian
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Greg Hacobian Entrepreneur
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Hi, I am the co-founder of www.digitalbucket.net and I think we can provide exactly what you are looking for. We are backed by Amazon Web Services and our pricing is nowhere close to other services.

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Thanks,
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Aren Kaser
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Aren Kaser Advisor
Founder and CEO at Igor Institute
We use Google Drive with FileMan installed from the Google Apps Marketplace.
Chris Walker
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Chris Walker Entrepreneur
Co-Founder & CTO at Friday
Have you explored Windows Azure? cloud based storage, but linked into your on-premise Active Directory for user/role/permissions management. Appears to be the best of both worlds, if I read the OP's message right...
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If you plan to implement a CRM, I'd recommend Chatter. You can create public and private groups to share docs with all or certain users. Plus it's got great mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. And when you're ready to implement a CRM to run your business, it will scale for that.

http://www.salesforce.com/chatter/overview/
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