Carbonite debuts cloud file synchronization service

Carbonite debuts cloud file synchronization service

Summary: The new offering, called Currents, keeps files automatically synchronized between multiple devices including Android and Apple smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.


Carbonite, one of the myriad cloud backup storage services for consumers and small businesses, is testing a new offering called Currents that keeps files synchronized across multiple devices and locations.

You can think of the new service as a central repository for documents, folders, and other files that you might need to access from different devices (smartphones, tablets, or personal computers) or that you might need to share with a team of people who need to revise or collaborate on a project or presentation.

Currents would essentially be a replacement for using a service in which you have to create special folders to share things or for emailing files around and using email inboxes and folders for manual version control.

With Currents, the files are automatically updated as changes are made through either edits or an in-application commenting system (if you choose to share them with other people).

While this in itself isn't all that new or revolutionary, Currents offers a versioning feature that allows you to revert back to an earlier draft if necessary. That's not something that's all that common, which is one of the dangers of using a cloud storage or file-sharing service--they really weren't intended for version control.

The public beta version of Currents can be downloaded for free. The mobile application is available either on Apple iOS or for Android devices.

The video below provides a deeper explanation about the service.

Topics: SMBs, Cloud

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  • Is this the same service the FoxNews/Rush Limbaugh crowd advertises?

    Because the CEO associates with those loons, no thanks.
    • Hold On a Minute!

      Fox may be political, Carbonite is not. Ed Schultz has also been advertising Carbonite on his radio show for years, along with other liberal talk hosts. The Carbonite people don't care if you are red or blue as long as your money is green.

      That said, I have no opinion on the merits of Carbonite, as I have never used it. I am only noting that they advertise on both the left and right ends of the political spectrum.
  • So what!?

    What if Rush does advertise it? Understand how businesses function and grow. It is by advertising. While I can't stand to listen to Limberger for 2 minutes, he does have a following and it makes sense for businesses to advertise there. Another - yet Liberal - radio host, Howard Stern, also advertises Carbonite. A company should always be aware of political fallout, but if they advertise on NBC, CBS, ESPN, or the local paper, there can always be relationships made or questioned. They're just advertising wherever they get exposure. Nothing more; nothing less.

    As for the product, I do use the backup version of their software (and am interested in the collaboration/syncing functionality - in fact, I found this article searching to see if they offer it). I find it to be a simple, but very useful product that is cheaper than the competition.