Top 10 cloud services for enterprise
NetSkope recently compiled a report on the use of cloud services in enterprise, listing the 120 most commonly used by businesses. Here’s a summary of the top 10.
10 | Twitter
Twitter is an online news and social network service where users post and interact.
Registered users can post tweets, but anyone can read those which are shared publicly.
The company is based in San Francisco but has 25 offices across the globe. Twitter has mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Nokia S40.
Users also have the option of sending a tweet via SMS and of streaming video on the site.
The website has been ranked the 11th most visited site on the web according to Alexa’s web traffic analysis.
9 | SharePoint
SharePoint is a collaborative platform integrated into Microsoft Office 365.
It was launched in 2001 and now has 190mn users across 100,000 customer organisations.
This document management and storage system is highly configurable so it can be used in various ways.
It comes in varieties that include SharePoint Server, SharePoint Standard, SharePoint Enterprise and SharePoint Online.
8 | Box
Box, formerly known as box.net, is a company based in California which manages cloud content and file sharing for business.
It was founded in 2005 and the company currently employs 1,400 people.
The service provides file-sharing and collaboration options as well as other tools for working with uploaded files.
Box accounts are available in three varieties: enterprise, business, and personal.
Official clients are offered from Windows and MacOS, and mobile service is available across Android, Blackberry 20, iOS, WebOS and Windows Phone devices.
Enterprise clients of Box include IBM, Schneider electric and Procter and Gamble.
7 | Gmail
Gmail is a free email service funded by advertisements. It was launched by Google in 2004 and is now available in 72 languages.
It is accessible on the web and as a mobile app on Android and iOS but can also be accessed through some third-party apps allowing email synchronisation.
Gmail comes with 15GB of free storage and users can receive up to 5MB in an email including attachments, and can send emails of up to 25MB.
Files from Google Drive can however be inserted into emails.
6 | Google Drive
Google Drive is file storage and synchronisation service which was launched in 2012.
It allows users to access and edit documents simultaneously in real time, store files in the cloud and share files across various devices.
Google Drive is a website platform but also offers apps which can be used offline or online on Windows and MacOS computers as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
Users have free access to 15GB storage and can purchase up to 30TB in addition to this.
Google Drive is also available as part of Google’s G Suite, a monthly subscription service for businesses and organisations – this version offers unlimited storage and advanced administration options.
5 | iCloud
iCloud is an online storage and cloud computing service which was launched by Apple in October 2011. By the following February it had accumulated 782mn users.
Users can store data like documents, photos and music, which can then be downloaded onto iOS, MacOS and Windows devices.
Data can also be shared between users, including photos, music and games, by linking accounts via AirDrop Wireless.
Users get 5GB free storage typically, with the option to purchase an additional 50GB, 200GB or 1TB. This storage is shared between all devices using the same account.
4 | Skype
Skype was first released in 2003 – and as of 2014 it holds a 40% share of the internet call market.
It is available in 108 languages and allows account holders to chat via video across devices including computers, tablets, smartphones and the Xbox One as well as smart watches.
Skype calls can also be made to regular telephones. Some of Skype’s services, such as one-to-one video chat, are free of charge and instant messaging and file sharing are also available.
Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for $8.5bn and since 2012, Skype has been powered entirely by Microsoft systems. It is now integrated within Microsoft’s products.
3 | Facebook
Facebook was founded in 2004 and by 2008 had 100mn registered users.
As of June 2017, 2bn people use the platform which is available in 140 different languages.
It is the most popular social network in the US, UK and Canada, but Asian countries have their own equivalents so uptake has been lower – particularly as the site has been blocked in China since 2009.
Facebook has 69% market penetration is North America and 57% in Europe.
Facebook stores its data in custom-built data centres in the US and Europe.
Data is stored on a combination platform with new events stored in log files, which are then pulled out and displayed to users.
2 | Outlook
Outlook.com is a suite of webmail as well as web-based storage of contacts, tasks and calendar services.
One of the world’s first webmail platforms, Outlook was founded as Hotmail in 1996 and was renamed in 2012. As of 2015, Outlook has 400mn active users.
Outlook also allows users to make Skype calls, as well as being able to create “aliases” in order to have several email addresses for the same account.
Outlook is available in 106 languages and has client apps for both Android and iOS, which were formerly known as Accompli.
These were acquired by Microsoft in December 2014 and rebranded as Outlook Mobile in January 2015.
1 | OneDrive
OneDrive is part of Microsoft Office 365 and allows users to access files from any device, access files offline and keep files safe – if a device is lost the files can be accessed, and are encrypted using SSL.
It was launched in 2007 and is now available in 107 languages.
As of 2016, the service offers 5GB of free storage, with the opportunity to purchase additional storage either separately or through subscriptions to Office 365 or Microsoft’s Groove Music.
OneDrive also allows users to download entire folders as ZIP files, with a 4GB or 65,000 file limit.
Client applications are available for Android, iOS, Windows 8, Window 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.