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Readers' corner And in our second outing to El Reg Forums this week, we highlight this request from J.Cook, who is looking for recommendation for a regulation-friendly, cloudified file-dropping service that his company's clients can use.

At the company I work for, we deal with a number of vendors who like sending us large files. These are typically files that are over the sane limits of email, and due to the various regulatory entities that govern our business, we can't allow our users access to sites like Dropbox, Google Docs, etc. We've looked at setting up an FTP/SFTP/SCP server for our vendors to upload files to, but so far none of them have really worked out.

Besides OwnCloud, is there anything like Dropbox that I can recommend or trial with our company? The basic workflow we are looking for would be something like this:

  • The employee working with the rep creates a login for the vendor to use on the site.
  • Vendor goes to the site, logs in with their account, and uploads the file(s).
  • The site gives the vendor and/or the employee a link with the file's location for sharing.
  • The file would stay on the site for a certain period of time, and automatically be removed or archived. We would also need the ability to audit the application's usage, and obviously security is paramount.

So, what does The Reg brains trust think? Your thoughts here.

Also, if you want to know more about ownCloud, check out Reg contributor's Scott Gilbertson overview of the software. ®

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