Egnyte – smart contextual search for your files

I think we had enough of partial solutions that are supposed to make collaboration and file sharing easier. Besides the the good old email getting our files across the list till date includes file upload/backup, sync servers, p2p, p2web. On the higher end Documentum, FileNet…. But none that helps you handle the every increasing flow of documents and files we come across everyday or a solution that has built in intelligence to get your documents, files, and emails associated in the right context or a solution that comes for cheap. Koral was onto something really great until getting bought out by Salesforce earlier in the week, and getting more CRM focused. Egnyte launching next week has built a good platform to get thing sorted for either side of the user-base with a product that takes care of individual users as well as SMBs.

Work on Egnyte started back in December 2005 when Vineet Jain, Rajesh Ram, and two others got together to built the solution. Before that Rajesh Ram and Vineet Jain had co-founded Valdero, a supply chain software company that was acquired by One Network Enterprises in September 2005. Valdero had raised $23 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mohr, Davidow Ventures, Trinity Ventures and Integral Capital Partners. So raising money is nothing new to the founders, but in this case they first wanted to build a solid product and than go around shopping for funds.

From the product standpoint, Egnyte combines sharing, automatic organization and a powerful search capability to search across email(Outlook+pop+Yahoo+Gmail+..), Microsoft Office documents, images, visios, MS Project files all in once place. The way Egnyte works is that users choose the folders that they want to share and from there on Egnyte automatically caches the files onto it’s servers, keeps tracks of the updates, and stores all the document versions online. So you might think – Hey this is just another backup solution. Actually Egnyte drives the performance gain via it’s search box that lets you search across all your documents and email from one single location. So you can be performing the regular keyword search across the composite or instead be searching for files that came as attachments but you were imagining you had downloaded them. Search results is another thing that Egnyte team has worked hard on. If you are Gmail fan you might love this feature, since Egnyte automatically groups your emails according to the subject or documents and their versions according to the document title. And if you think someone modified the subject for an email, you can always perform similar item search of get the outliers. Egnyte makes the job easier with it’s is desktop connector for PCs and Macs that lets you share and upload files quickly.

Currently Egnyte is undecided about the pricing for corporate customers while regular users can signup for the service and get 1 Gb of space for free. More consumer plans will follow soon. As for future you can expect Egnyte  incorporating doc convertors to give you preview web previews of Office documents. Besides this an interesting solution they are coming up with for behind the firewall users.

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4 Responses to “Egnyte – smart contextual search for your files”

  1. Ten Minutes With Egnyte « tenminut.es Says:

    […] Thanks to: StartupSquad (which has more details on features I wasn’t able to test.) Tags: egnyte, web+2.0, collaboration […]

  2. Egnyte smart contextual search for your files — Helpfull info to register or signup to services Says:

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