Strato has added a File Manager tool to its cloud-based HiDrive storage system with the aim of making it easier for users to access, navigate and manage files from smartphones, tablets and PCs via a web browser.
The web-based interface provides a quick overview of available storage space, uploaded and shared files, as well as backup status. It can be accessed from any internet-enabled device, the firm said.
A 'manage' menu allows users to create, rename or delete folders and upload data. A 'share' option, meanwhile, offers management for the sharing of information, password-protected third-party files, the number of downloads and time limit access.
The File Manager tool also allows users to upload data directly from any storage medium or store data directly from a URL, the firm said.
Damian Schmidt, chief executive of Strato, claimed that the update would help meet the growing demand for access to files on-the-go.
"Users of cloud storage want to open and manipulate their files from anywhere, like they do with their PC at home," he said.
"The File Manager in HiDrive makes it possible to access data, no matter what device and from any location. The design and functionality is adapted to other standard file managers, so it is intuitive and easy to use."
Strato offers 100GB of cloud-based services starting at £9 per month for small businesses. It also offers 1TB and 5TB bundles for firms that require more storage.
The HiDrive Pro 1000 package starts at £49 per month, and is designed for businesses with between five and 50 people.
This Pro package supports up to five administrator accounts and 25 user accounts. Each user can be allocated personal space within the cloud, and can share files within a common workspace.
Meanwhile, HiDrive Pro 5000 starts at £149 per month and aims to cater to firms with 50-plus employees. It can manage up to 20 administrator accounts and 120 user accounts.
V3.co.uk reviewed the Strato HiDrive system in December and awarded it five stars.
It remains to be seen how well Strato's service will fare against forthcoming cloud-storage options.
Apple is readying its iCloud service, which will be launched later this year. The manufacturer will offer 5GB of free storage and allow iOS users to store, manage and instantly access features such as apps, music and photos from any device.
Microsoft has also launched the web-based Office 365 service, which is aimed at helping SMBs make full use of the cloud.
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