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Amazon Web Services Announces the General Availability of Zocalo Document Storage and Sharing Service
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Amazon Web Services Announces the General Availability of Zocalo Document Storage and Sharing Service


Amazon Web Services Announces the General Availability of Zocalo Document Storage and Sharing Service

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stuart Parkerson Stuart Parkerson

Amazon Zocalo has been available in a limited preview since early July and now the Amazon Web Services team is making Zocalo generally available to all AWS customers. There's a 30-day free trial (200 GB of storage per user for up to 50 users), after that its $5 per user per month.

As part of this move to general availability, Amazon is also announcing that AWS CloudTrail now records calls made to the Zocalo API. This API is currently internal, but they plan to expose it in the future. Developers interested in building applications that work with the Zocalo API, can email the team, who are interested in learning more about the kinds of applications that developers are thinking about building.

Amazon Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with administrative controls and feedback capabilities to help improve user productivity. 

Users can take advantage of these capabilities wherever they are, using the device of their choice, including PCs, Macs, phones and tablets. Amazon Zocalo offers the option of integrating with existing corporate directories, flexible sharing policies, audit logs, and control of the location where data is stored.

Simple Document Feedback
Users can comment on files, send them to others for feedback, and upload new versions without having to resort to emailing multiple versions of their files as attachments. Teammates can leave detailed comments on sections of a file as well as overall comments. Amazon Zocalo notifies contributors about review activities and deadlines via email, and offers versioning capabilities.

Central Hub
Amazon Zocalo provides users with a central location for both the documents and files they are reviewing as well as those they own and are soliciting feedback on. With all these files in one location, reviewers have access to all of the related feedback in a single web view, making reading or contributing comments as simple as a few clicks.

Access and Sync from Any Device
Users can access files stored in Amazon Zocalo and view and leave feedback on files anywhere, anytime, from the device of their choice. The Amazon Zocalo Sync client lets users have files saved on their computer automatically uploaded to Amazon Zocalo over an encrypted connection and synced across their other devices.

Cost of Platform
Priced at $5 per user per month, including 200 GB of storage, Amazon Zocalo goal is to be a low cost solution that is also fully managed. This means that there is no hardware to purchase and maintain and no software to deploy. Simply enable Amazon and invite users. 

Amazon Zocalo offers flexible security settings and access controls to manage data storage and sharing. It provides the opportunity to use policies to control users’ sharing behavior, choose the AWS Region where users’ data is stored, and view audit logs to track document and user activity. All data is encrypted in transit and at rest, and users don’t have to send documents as email attachments.

Integrate a Corporate Directory
Amazon Zocalo can integrate with an existing Active Directory. This means that users can access Amazon Zocalo using their existing Active Directory credentials, with management having the ability to control which users in an organization are permitted to access the service.

Read more: https://aws.amazon.com/zocalo/

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