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Posted by Ted Schadler on July 10, 2013
File sync and share is the hottest technology category since social networking. Dropbox alone now has 175 million registered users, up from 110 million just nine months ago. Dozens of vendors are going after the business version of Dropbox. There are enough disruptive forces in play -- cloud delivery, mobile devices, and partner collaboration to name just three -- that it's possible for a new entrant like Box or EMC Syncplicity or Dropbox itself to become a major new document collaboration platform.
To help CIOs and the entire industry focus on the right things and create the best short list, Rob Koplowitz and I, assisted by Andrew Smith, evaluated 16 file sync and share platforms on 26 different criteria. We interviewed the vendors and their customers to build a comprehensive view of their solutions and published it in a new Forrester Wave.
There's a lot to say about what business scenarios these platforms support; about what the right pricing model is for various scenarios; the role of APIs in turning the cloud-based solutions from Dropbox and Box in particular into full-blown ecosystems; and the overall size, scope, and future of this market. But we'll have to tackle that when back from vacation at the end of the month. Meanwhile, here are the results:
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