“Sync”, or synchronization, in the context of cloud, means that data as it appears on your local device, be it desktop, laptop, or mobile, is the same as it appears in your storage. The concept, as it relates to cloud storage, has from its outset been designed to ensure data integrity.
There are fundamental differences in the way that cloud solutions choose to handle synchronization of files. It is important that any buyer interested in a cloud solution understand how your data is moving across the internet and how and where your files are being stored.
Sync everything – The Consumer model
Consumer focused solutions are designed for the individual and operate around this form of data sharing and control. The standard consumer sync models push every file to the cloud and subsequently any device you install the application on. This is great for the individual because it is redundant, easily accessible, and easily manageable. But what if you want to use this system with your team or a large organization?
Let’s say your 100 person team has 200GBs of files in your cloud storage. Do you really need all 200GBs of those files stored on your local desktop or laptop as well? Do you even have 200GBs of free space on your local machine?
No, you don’t need a local copy of all the files in the cloud, let alone have space for it on your local machines. You really just need the ability to access your teammate’s files when you need them. For that, enter Oxygen.
Sync only what you need – The Oxygen model
The Oxygen sync model is focused on providing access to files on a need basis. Because Oxygen maps directly to your storage, users are given the opportunity to see all the files that they have access to as .cloud files. These .cloud files are meta-representations of the actual file that lives in your storage.
From your Oxygen client, these .cloud files appear with full titles so you can selectively choose which files you would like to sync locally. When you sync a file from the cloud via Oxygen desktop or mobile client, you are downloading the most recent version of that file from your storage to that Oxygen client. That file then lives locally encrypted on that device making it accessible and editable on or offline.
Oxygen differs from the consumer cloud model because it provides a scalable solution for enterprise cloud that allows any number of users the opportunity to access the same shared space and choose, on an individual basis, what files they want or need. At any time, they can access those files, make corrections, and save them back to the cloud where they will be reflected to anybody in that shared space.
Try it out yourself!
Our enterprise clients have witnessed how Oxygen’s unique approach to cloud access, security, and storage has transformed their workflow. Get in touch and we’ll help you get started with your own free account!
– Aric Johnson
Community Marketing Associate