Amazon Zocalo, the new enterprise collaboration service from Amazon Web Services, is now available for everyone to use, the company announced in a blog post today. After spending a little more than a month in an invitation-only preview, the service has now hit general availability for any AWS user.
The service is designed to serve as a hub for enterprise document storage and collaboration. It’s a move by Amazon to get a piece of the enterprise collaboration and storage market, competing with Google Drive, Microsoft Sharepoint, Box, and a host of other productivity tools.
Users can upload their documents to Zocalo, and then share them securely with co-workers. Those collaborators will then be able to make comments on different documents to provide feedback and share with the rest of the group. The service works with Microsoft Word documents, PDFs and a number of other file types. Administrators are able to manage storage limits and audit document access, as well as control who can access Zocalo altogether.
People interested in giving Zocalo a shot can take advantage of a free 30-day trial period that allows up to 50 users to store up to 200 GB of data each. After the trial period, organizations will have to pay $5 per user per month to continue using Zocalo.
Zocalo matches up well with Amazon Workspaces, an AWS-powered desktop virtualization service that allows companies to create virtual workspaces for their employees to access anywhere an internet connection is available.
In addition, documents uploaded to Zocalo can be accessed from a variety of devices, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, iPads and Android tablets. Here’s a video that shows off how it works: