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Why you need business-grade file and sync sharing

by | May 8, 2017 | Archived Articles

In today’s workplace, people constantly need to collaborate—and users are increasingly mobile, using a variety of devices. That’s why file sync and share (FSS) tools are so popular. In fact, effective collaboration and organisational productivity increasingly depends on broad user adoption of FSS. However, consumer-grade FSS products have a number of limitations that can make them inappropriate for business use.

Datto Drive offers easy to use, cloud-based, anytime/anywhere/any device sync and share functionality – the types of features for which consumer-grade FSS utilities are known. However, it was designed specifically for businesses. Datto Drive gives users the collaboration tools they need, while providing the management, security and data protection features that businesses require.

Management and Access Control

When employees use personal file sync and share accounts for business purposes, you can wind up with data in different password-protected locations that you have no ability to access. The more places that sensitive or confidential business data exists, the more likely it can be lost or accessed by unauthorized individuals. Recovery of older files can be particularly problematic when people use personal FSS accounts for business. It often means that, when someone leaves the company, the files leave with them.

Datto Drive brings employees together on a single business-grade FSS platform. Our management portal is designed to give administrators complete oversight of their business’ data. Admins get granular, policy-based access controls over user accounts. They can view files created by former employees, create or delete user accounts, edit account privileges, set storage limits and more.


Consumer-class FSS utilities use public cloud infrastructure and encrypt data at rest to protect against security breaches. For most FSS users this is adequate, but many businesses have more stringent security requirements — especially those that are subject to specific compliance regulations. For these businesses, consumer-grade FSS security doesn’t cut the mustard.

Datto Drive offers business-class security options. Data can be encrypted in-flight using the secure TLS protocol as well as at rest in our cloud data centers. The ability to encrypt data while it is being transferred gives businesses the end-to-end security they need. Datto Drive administrators

can set different security levels for different types of data, as well. Also, Datto Drive has activity logging that enables users to see exactly who accessed and modified a document over the course of its lifespan. Finally, Datto’s cloud data centers are owned, operated and maintained by the the company and feature top-notch physical security measures.

Total Data Protection

Files on which users are actively collaborating are highly relevant to current and future business. So, it’s important that users have the ability to quickly recover files that were accidentally deleted, corrupted or otherwise sullied. Datto Drive offers versioning, which allows users to rollback to previous versions of files without opening a helpdesk ticket. Self-service restore increases user productivity while reducing the administrative burden on IT.

Datto also uses a variety of data integrity and protection methods to protect against data loss in its cloud data centers. Our 200+ PB cloud is designed to prevent data loss. Based on the ZFS filesystem, it has built-in data protection measures including mirroring and data integrity checking. Also, data centers feature N+1 or greater redundancy for all network components and system components to avoid data loss from hardware failure.

Datto Drive was designed to give businesses easy to use, cloud-based, file sync and share with all the management tools organizations need. Take control of your file sync and share data with a business-class FSS tool today.

Talk to your Account Manager or Technical Consultant today if  you are interested in learning more, so contact us!