Copy

Price de­pen­dant on stor­age plan

Tech Advisor - - CONTENTS -

Copy has been around for a lit­tle while now and is a sim­ple-to-use al­ter­na­tive to the likes of Drop­box, OneDrive and Google Drive. The prin­ci­ples be­hind it are as you would ex­pect from an on­line stor­age ser­vice. You can ei­ther ac­cess Copy via a web por­tal, down­load a desk­top client for Win­dows, OS X or Linux, or use one of the mo­bile apps that are avail­able for Win­dows Phone, iOS and An­droid. With th­ese you can down­load or upload files, in­clud­ing synch­ing the cam­era on your phone, Mak­ing them avail­able on all your de­vices.

In line with Google and Mi­crosoft, Copy starts with a de­cent 15GB of free space to new users, and this can be in­creased via a re­fer­rals sys­tem that re­wards both you and any new user with an ad­di­tional 5GB each (up to a max­i­mum of 25GB ex­tra space). The in­ter­face is some­what bar­ren, which is the norm th­ese days, and with its thin lined, light blue hue, it’s not hugely dis­sim­i­lar in feel to Drop­box. If you use the desk­top clients, then a folder is cre­ated on your PC, to which you drag files and Copy syncs them to the cloud. Files and fold­ers can be shared with other users of the plat­form, or you can send di­rect links to any other friends or col­leagues. All of this con­tains the abil­ity to set dif­fer­ent lev­els of con­trol over the files so those you share them with can edit freely or be re­stricted to just read only sta­tus. As we say, all very familiar.

In op­er­a­tion the ser­vice works well, with de­cent speed, and no real is­sues. Copy also sup­ports ver­sion­ing, so pre­vi­ous copies of your files are re­tained af­ter you make changes, and the whole ser­vice runs on 256-bit AES en­cryp­tion that cov­ers data in tran­sit and on the copy servers.

While Copy is a sta­ble and de­cent choice for con­sumer-level stor­age, the real fo­cus of the ser­vice seems to be on the en­ter­prise side of things. Bar­racuda, the com­pany be­hind Copy, of­fers a range of com­pat­i­ble apps that ex­tend the fea­tures, in­clud­ing dig­i­tal signatures, full sys­tem back­ups, and on-site hard­ware to im­prove per­for­mance. Some of th­ese busi­ness fea­tures are avail­able in Copy, with the op­tion of cre­at­ing groups that you can ad­min­is­ter with sim­ple but pow­er­ful con­trols. There is also a gran­u­lar level of ac­cess that can be de­ployed, plus the handy fea­ture of users be­ing able to split their copy stor­age into work and home, with com­pany IT re­stric­tions only be­ing ap­plied to the work sec­tion. Ac­cess priv­i­leges can be changed by click­ing a drop-down menu, and if some­one leaves a com­pany, you can re­voke their ac­cess en­tirely in a cou­ple of min­utes, or re­in­state them should they re­turn. The level of con­trol is im­pres­sive and the menu sys­tems are easy to mas­ter.

VER­DICT:

A de­cent al­ter­na­tive to Drop­box and OneDrive, Bar­racuda’s Copy of­fers a gen­er­ous amount of free space, but re­ally it’s the busi­ness ser­vices that make this ser­vice in­ter­est­ing.

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