5 business-ready cloud services for your iPad or Android tablet

by Ray Aguilera

August 27 2012

Cloud storage, syncing, and document collaboration is here to stay, and it's simpler than ever. These tablet-friendly services can let you access your important business files from anywhere, and the prices and features offer options for everyone from fledgeling startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Ray Aguilera is a TabTimes contributing editor based in San Francisco, CA.

Links & Apps

  • 1 SugarSync
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    Three-user plans start at only $299.99/year or $29.99/month. SugarSync lets you back up and sync any folders on your machine, and you can easily share private folders among your team.

  • 2 Dropbox
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    Dropbox's ease-of-use and reliable syncing have made them one of the most popular cloud services, and their Teams accounts add useful features like phone support and administrative tools to manage your storage. Dropbox for Teams starts at $795/year for five users and 1000 GB of online storage. Add additional users for $125/year, each with an additional 200GB of space.

  • 3 Box
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    Box Business plans start at $15 per user/month for 1000 GB of storage space. In addition, Box offers collaboration tools, including comments, task assignments, and more. Customizable Deal Rooms offer secure access to files, so you don't have to rely on insecure email to move critical business documents between multiple parties.

  • 4 Egnyte
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    Egnyte's secure file storage is encrypted end-to-end, and starts at $24.99/month for 5 users. Automatic file versioning keeps everyone on the same page, and granular access controls allow for fine-tuned access privileges among large or small groups. Egnyte is compliant with HIPAA regulations, making it suitable for healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biomedical businesses.

  • 5 Google Drive
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    Google's flexible plans are great for small and expanding businesses. Add an unlimited number of users for $5/month or $50/year, and they'll each have access to the full suite of Google services including Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and 25 GB of storage space.


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  • David Needle
    2 years 2 months ago
    Hi Bill, Thanks for your comment. You are of course correct that there are many other business-ready cloud services out there. The article covered a sampling of useful services savvy end users, teams and SMBs can easily get started with from their tablet as opposed to more IT-centric, corporate-wide solutions that certainly have their own distinct advantages.
  • bfrench
    2 years 2 months ago


    I guess we can safely say that the consumerization of IT is near-complete when the "business-ready" cloud services sector is reduced to a hand-full of tools that cost less than a 12-pack of tacos.

    Seriously? This is all you could come up with for the "business-ready" list?

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