Price dependant on storage plan
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.
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.