Amazon just unveiled a new collaboration and document sharing service called Zocalo — using its leadership position in cloud computing to compete more aggressively against Box and others in the market for enterprise applications.
Zocalo lets users store, share and collaborate on a variety of file types across devices including iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The service works via web browsers, mobile apps and desktop sync applications available for Windows and Mac OS X.
The company is releasing Zocalo as a limited preview for Amazon Web Services customers. It works with Word docs, PDFs and other files, and it’s fully managed, allowing companies to oversee file access and set controls on documents and users.
As is its tradition, Amazon Web Services is also competing on price, offering the Zocalo service for $5/user per month, which comes with 200 GB of storage per user. That compares with Box’s entry-level premium tier that charges the same amount for 100 GB of storage per user, with a 10-user limit.
Users of the Amazon Workspaces desktop virtualization service will get a free Zocalo tier with up to 50 GB of storage, and a discounted rate of $2/user on the premium service.