pCloud Review

pCloud
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pCloud Business
pCloud
2013
Baar, Switzerland
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6 million+ users
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pCloud Business At A Glance

Good: No limit to file size upload, advanced security, unlimited cloud storage space.
Bad: On-premise deployment is not available.
Bottom Line: New document management solution that provides enterprise-level security.

Product Overview

pCloud is intended for both personal and business use. It has three different pricing plans (including a basic plan that includes up to 20GB of storage for free).  However, this review will focus on pCloud Business.

In June 2015, pCloud released its pCloud Business application for companies that want secure document storage and collaboration in the cloud. pCloud Business gives each user 1TB of storage and the pCloud Crypto functionality (more on that below).

pCloud Business provides the following benefits:

  • Enterprise-level security: Data is transferred to pCloud’s servers via the TLS/SSL protocol and copied at least three server locations in the data center, which is certified for SSAE 16 SOC 1, Type II that ensures the highest level of security.
  • For companies that don’t have or don’t want to burden their IT staff: pCloud stores, handles, and maintains data servers
  • Ability to share files with anyone securely (including third party clients) through the system’s access settings
  • Compatible with all mobile devices, and automatically synchronizes documents (pCloud is available for Desktop, Web, and Mobile)
  • Ability to add more users and space at any time

For companies that require a high level of data security, the Business account comes with pCloud Crypto that provides data encryption done on the user’s devices so that only the user gets to access them. Users can encrypt an unlimited number of files that can be locked and unlocked using passphrases – the files can stay hidden even on the user’s computer. pCloud provides zero-knowledge privacy that ensures it does not know the contents of the user’s files/folders even on its data servers.

Features

pCloud Business offers the following features:

  • File management – Users can save an unlimited number of files/folders in pCloud. Users can also search for files via a search bar as well as filter out files by format (whether documents, images, or video)
  • File sharing – Users can invite other users to collaborate on files via the Invite to Folder. Users can grant others access to the files by specific permissions such as view only, can edit, and can manage. pCloud allows users to send a file’s link for others to upload/download, including external users (i.e. clients). Users can also make comments or chat with others within the file.
  • Synchronization – pCloud automatically synchronizes files/folders across devices, whether desktop, any web browser, or mobile devices.  Images and videos taken on mobile devices can also be saved to pCloud in just one click, by turning on the Automatic Upload feature.
  • Unlimited file size to upload / unlimited upload and download speed – Users have the ability to upload any file of any type (i.e. images, audio, or even HD videos).
  • Availability on any device – pCloud offers its Web version (for any web browser), pCloud Drive (for desktop and available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux systems), and Mobile version (available for download in the Apple App Store, Google Play for Android, and even pCloud’s mobile section on its website). Note that the Mobile app provides a built-in music player that lets users upload, organize, and listen to playlists.
  • File versioning – This feature allows previous versions of files stored in pCloud for up to 180 days. Users can keep track of who has made revisions to the specific versions.
  • Integrations –  This function allows any files from Facebook, Picassa, Instagram, or WordPress to be backed up to pCloud.

  • Document Storage?
  • Simultaneous User Collaboration?
  • Workflow Management?
  • Version Control?
  • On-Premise Hosting Option?
  • Imaging?
  • Mobile?

Target Market

pCloud Business is available for many different industries – we’ve listed ten of them below:

  • Retail
  • Tech
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • PR/Advertising Agencies
  • Photographers
  • TV/Online Media
  • Education
  • Accounting
  • Real Estate

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Implementation/Integration

Companies get a free 30-day trial of pCloud for Business for a minimum of 5 users. Implementation consists of registering for a business account online (companies need to designate a dedicated administrators who will the invite other users to the account). Once the account is created, companies can begin using pCloud.

Customer Service & Support

Customer support is available via email or pCloud’s Contact Us page. Users can also refer to pCloud’s FAQ page.

Pricing

pCloud is available on a subscription basis (either monthly or yearly – the yearly subscription offers a 20% discount). Companies can pay via PayPal or work with a pCloud sales rep to request a bank transfer.

Pricing for pCloud is not publicly available; please contact its sales team for a quote.

Shortcomings

pCloud is only offered on the cloud. For businesses with self-hosted servers in place that want to continue maintaining their own data, pCloud is not an option.

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About

pCloud is a new solution in the cloud document storage space, founded in 2013. Its mission is to provide comprehensive document storage and collaboration available in the cloud that is easy to use. It is available for both businesses and individuals. Its most unique offerings are the ability to upload a file of any size (depending on the storage space of the plan) and the basic plan that provides up to 20GB storage space for free (for users that refers their families or friends to pCloud).

pCloud is headquartered in Switzerland and currently has over 6 million users.

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on 2016-04-19 09:52:41

PCLOUD is, I think this is one of the better options around and the fact that it has a Linux client is a big plus. I have PCLOUD installed on my PC work computer, my Linux home laptop and my Android phone and they all synchronize perfectly. With the latest updates, it also allows revisions, which I think in terms of functionality, it easily rivals dropbox and co..
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