Online storage solutions are popping up everywhere on the Web, offering small home office and business users a variety of options. Most, if not all, provide easy-to-use upload and download functionality and file sharing capabilitiesputting the data storage approach more than a few steps ahead of the granddaddy of online storage: FTP sites.
The key elements setting services apart, at least at this point, are reliability, availability and extra-rich features.
Thats what DigitalBucket is banking on in terms of market strategy. In public beta until early February, the San Jose-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider is built on Amazons Simple Storage Servicethe e-commerce vendors own data infrastructurean aspect that CEO Greg Hacobian claims provides high reliability and scalability few market competitors offer at this point.
With a clean and simple site design, DigitalBucket makes account setup so simple its nearly silly. Its just name, e-mail, password and the account (including clicking through an e-mail login link) is open in just minutes. Once logged in, hit the "manage your files" link and youre able to load, download, share, e-mail and delete files in whatever folder set-up created.
Moving files between folders is just drag and drop and users can even change document views in the file manager from icons to thumbnails to details. Want to know the last time you modified a stored doc? The file manager profile gives that info as part of the file detail data.
But its really what lies behind the basic features that will cement the user experience given the varied files in play and online data interaction users have come to expect.
With a quick login and a few clicks, users can post a file to a blog tethered to LiveJournal, TypePad, Blogger or WordPress. Want to edit that business strategy presentation you stored last week? You dont have to download it, edit it and then upload it back into storage.
Thanks to DigitalBuckets use of Zoho applications, users can edit Word, text, HTML, Excel and even graphical presentation files right where theyre housed. If youre not content with the Zoho apps, you can edit with other online tools including Snipshot or Picnik.