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Data center operator Node4 has launched an app that allows its small and medium sized enterprise (SME) clients to use cloud services to share and collaborate on content.

The new File Sync and Share service aims to be as user friendly as consumer systems like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive but with higher levels of security, according to Node4.

The operator will deliver the service using its own N4Cloud platform.

The application can be installed by users on a variety of connected devices and synchronizes automatically when files or folders are created or modified.

This means an employee can create or receive a document on their desktop in the office.

Using File Sync and Share they can then access it on any connected smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The platform can be used to share files internally and externally.

Node4 said the key to its security is its central management, according to the operator.

A web-portal, which allows administrators to monitor access rights and permissions, will give businesses more control than open consumer applications according to Node4.

Since administrators can remotely impose time limits on projects, there will be less risk of exposure when employees leave a business or when external users are granted temporary access rights to project files.

Node 4’s product manager John Williams explained why the data center operator has made it a strategy to offer applications to its SME clientele.

Companies have not had the means to keep on top of the trend to use consumer file sharing devices, said Williams.

This is a service that Node4 can run for companies more efficiently.

“Ultimately, they don’t know where their data actually is or what security measures are in place to protect it,” Williams said.

“File Sync and Share is a solution that provides SMEs with a secure and collaborative way of sharing potentially sensitive information.”

The N4Cloud is hosted in Node4’s four data centers around the UK and the local access is important at this level, he explained.

“SMEs know exactly where their critical data is being stored and who has access to it,” Williams said.