Reality Check: Cloud File Sharing and Collaboration vendors in 2013

We've just published our 2013 edition of the Cloud File Sharing and Collaboration Marketplace Analysis. This advisory briefing looks at how the marketplace -- both in terms of products and vendors -- is evolving.

For 2013 we isolate three key trends:

  1. Rivalry between pure-play cloud disrupters and traditional enterprise platform vendors
  2. Increased role of File Sharing as a Service (FSaaS)
  3. Increased technical complexity and IT involvement

This briefing offers a snapshot of these trends in the current marketplace, as well as a comparative analysis of the relative risks associated with each cloud-based file sharing, sync and collaboration vendor via The Real Story Group's “Reality Check” chart. 

CFS Reality Check 2013

Fig 1: Cloud File Sharing and Collaboration Reality Check 2013

If you are a current subscriber, you can download this briefing right away. If you're not a subscriber, you can purchase it a' la carte ($895).

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