File Sharing / Online Collaboration

Posted on 2011-05-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

I am working with an International Team and we need to share files between teams. I am looking for a solution that will allow the teams to share files online.

The requirements are very simple.

- Allow users to view files with a username and password (does not need to be for each user, even one will be enough for all users) - MUST HAVE Requirement.
- Must be either hosted for free by another company or hosted by me on a Windows 7 (client) computer - dont have a Windows Server. - MUST HAVE Requirement
- It needs to be internet facing - MUST HAVE Requirement.
- Ideally can be set up as a mapped network drive or something similar - NICE to have Requirement
- Can be accessed by MAC computers - NICE to have Requirement

I hope these give some idea as to what I am looking for. Please ask any questions if you would like clarification.

I would greatly appreciate some suggestions with an outline of why you think it would be a good solution to the requirements above and whether you have had experience of using the software also.

Many thanks,


Question by:gisvpn
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    Accepted Solution

    Google docs

    The only requirement it doesn't fill is use via mapped drive which is kind of an antiquated method of doing what you want.  Google docs even does quick and easy revision control which is nice.

    If you're looking for something you control or host Sharepoint.


    Author Comment

    Hi jason987 - thanks for the reply.

    I noticed that Google Docs has a 1GB limit however I think we will need significantly more than this. I like Google Docs; is there anything similar to this that may provide more space?

    I agree Sharepoint is a good alternative to host however I feel is a hammer to crack a nut shell in this instance?


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    Expert Comment

    Well you can add more storage at google for ridiculously low cost:

    1TB fully remote managed and with the collaboration tools they offer for 256$ is pretty much unmatchable.

    I do know there's some open source projects out there but you're always going to run into that wall of needing someone pretty well versed to get everything setup to the point the google docs is, even with turnkey sites like sharepoint there is a good bit of upfront expense in time, equipment, bandwidth.

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