With Zocalo , Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduces a new service for cloud storage, sharing and collaboration. Documents can be uploaded and shared with colleagues and annotated and highlighted. However, it is important that companies can implement strict security guidelines in the service. AWS offers a competitive service to other collaboration platforms such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365 or Open-Xchange.
“Customers have told us they are utterly dissatisfied with the cost, complexity and performance of traditional enterprise document management and collaboration tools,” said Noah Eisner, general manager of Zocalo at Amazon Web Services. “AWS has been increasingly asked to provide an enterprise storage and sharing tool that is easy to use, enables rapid collaboration with others, and addresses the strict security needs of their organizations. Amazon Zocalo was created for that. ”
Zocalo is apparently derived from the colloquial name for the central square of a city in Mexico. In addition to its low cost, AWS highlights the ease of sharing documents and the ability to access them from a variety of devices – “including notebooks, iPads, Kindle Fire, and Android tablets.” Users can also request feedback from others and set appointments. Amazon promises secure encryption of data even during transmission.
Administrators can set sharing policies, determine the location (AWS region), and view file access and user activity from audit logs. Zocalo also integrates with an existing Active Directory environment so that company employees can log in using their existing credentials.
“This is a true enterprise application and integrates as such with your existing enterprise services,” said Amazon CTO Werner Vogels at the AWS 2014 Summit in New York. He also sees Zocalo as a natural extension of WorkSpaces Amazon ‘s DaaS (Desktop as a Service) offering.
Amazon Zocalo costs $ 5 per user per month, including 200GB of storage. WorkSpaces customers get Zocalo for free with up to 50 GB of memory or for 2 dollars per user per month with up to 200 GB of memory. The service is initially only available as Limited Preview for a limited number of users. Interested parties who have an AWS account can sign up for a waiting list.