A user selects local folders to be written to the cloud by SugarSync. These folders are then tracked and captured by a background process, are available via mobile devices and the web, and are shareable with others.
SugarSync is a product introduced in March of 2008 by Sharpcast, a California-based company founded in 2004. Customers can easily try the service, as the first five gigabytes of cloud storage are free, and all service plans come with a free 30-day trial.
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Pricing: 30-day free trial for all plans
– Cloud Storage Quantity = Cost
– 5 GB = Free
– 30 GB = $4.99/month or $49.99/year
– 60 GB = $9.99/month or $99.99/year
– 100 GB = $14.99/month or $149.99/year
– 250 GB = $24.99/month or $249.99/year
– 500 GB = $39.99/month or $399.99/year
– Above are single-user prices. Team prices start at $299/year for 3 users/100 GB.
– MS Windows: Windows XP; Vista; Windows 7
– Mac (Intel only): Mac OS X 10.5 and later
– Linux: No
– iPad: Yes
– iPhone: Yes
– Android: Yes
– Blackberry: Blackberry firmware version 5.0 and later
– Other: Windows Mobile 5 and 6; Symbian 3rd and 5th Edition; Sybian^3
– Plus other mobile devices capable of running a browser
Version rollback: Previous five versions retained; only newest counts toward capacity
– Encryption: 128-bit AES
– Transfers: TSL encryption, SSL 3.3
Data Storage: Redundant storage in data centers
Proxy Access: Yes
Based on user reviews, SugarSync tends to be a polarizing application with customers tending to love or hate this service. For many, it has provided exactly what they were seeking, thanks to its features and ability to work in the background. The pricing is very attractive compared to competitors. Most complaints regard how problems were handled when they surfaced, or the lack of any support response at all.
Pros & Cons
– Free for up to five gigabytes of space and for the first 30 days.
– Able to manage multiple folders.
– Can backup more than one computer.
– Lacks a Linux client.
– Customer support deficiencies.
SugarSync is definitely worth a look because of its low cost, including the free storage up to five gigabytes and month-long free trial period. In keeping with a buyer-beware strategy, it behooves customers to at least be cognizant of the reliability and customer support shortcomings flagged by others to avoid being blindsided by them.