What is Livedrive?

With the advent of cloud storage - safe, automated and fast storage of user data - a number of products appeared on the market, most notably DropBox with which everyone is familiar.  Livedrive is one of the fastest growing cloud storage applications on the market, offering the best cost to benefit ratio.

The concept is relatively simple, one creates an account online on a secure server and downloads a piece of software to link to the account. The software creates a folder on the local device, and anything which placed in this folder is immediately encrypted, compressed and synchronised to the cloud servers.

Adding another computer requiring the same files simply requires downloading the same software and linking to the same account.  After a while (dependent on data volume), all data is synchronised between the computers and backed up in the cloud server.

The software has a feature which allows a user to restore a previous version of a file.  This allows a user to reverse errors on documents made during the day that would have been lost in previous daily backup strategies.  Deleted files can also be restored within 30 days using the same restore function.

Included in Livedrive, which is not a feature of any other product, is a workstation backup.  Basically the software that sync's to the cloud can do the same for individual user documents saved on the desktop or in any other folder.  This removes the need for the complexities of profiles stored on the server, and ensures users have a roll-back feature on all their data.  It also empowers users to take ownership of backing up their own primary data assets.

The software also links to the online portal, which allows users to access their own files - from their shared company folders to personal documents included in their backup - from anywhere where there is internet access.  There are also apps for most devices allowing access to the same data from mobile devices.  Livedrive also allows editing of documents on machines without Office in cases where a roaming user cannot use Office software.

Possibly one of the most attractive feature is the availability of the information using FTP, SFTP or WEBDAV.  This allows, for example, a iPad user to use the iPad application Pages to edit documents on their Livedrive account.  It also allows users to map a drive directly to LiveDrive without the need for the client.

It includes a dedicated FTP portal where users can download company files. From an internal perspective, Livedrive files and folders can be made Public.  This allows a document (for example an application form) for public availability to be edited as a local file on any computer with write access to the document  - moments after it is saved it is live with no intervention.

Interacting with Livedrive.

Live drive has 2 components - a local piece of software called a "client" installed on your device, and a internet based web portal.  Most functions can be performed with the client, and there are some additional items that can be done with the portal. It needs to be noted that some of the functions applied to the client are embedded in Windows Explorer providing context sensitive Livedrive functionality on files and folders.

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