Getting large files from one place to another has traditionally been a pain. You could burn a CD or USB thumb drive and mail the files. If you had an FTP (file transfer protocol) server you could use an FTP server (imagine an online version of Windows Explorer) – but it’s complicated to set up and cumbersome to use.
Emailing large files is a non-starter as most email services limit you to a few megabytes – if that much.
I’ve been using the free version of YouSendIt which lets you send up to 100 mega bytes – for free. That’s quite a lot! If you’re a company and find that your employees need a way to send and receive files between clients and partners – YouSendIt’s corporate suite is something to consider.
The suite offers unlimited bandwidth when sending files and provides automated and centralized user management across organizations. YouSendIt Corporate Suite also offers Password Protection and Certified Delivery with tracking, which provides automatic digital rights management features, eliminating the fear of unauthorized downloads or interception. The cost is 5 users for $999.99 a year or $99 per month on up. If you don’t want to setup your own file transfer server YouSendIt’s solution is pretty neat – it’s much more than just sending and receiving files.
Box.net offers a file sending and storage service as well, but also include collaboration features. David Strom recently wrote about it here.
Other options you might want to consider for sharing files is an intranet from WebEx Web Office, HyperOffice, OfficeLive or CatalystWeb.
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