In April 2007, I covered Egnyte, a capable but overly complex workgroup file-sharing application. Since then, based on complaints and concerns from people like me who found the service intriguing--but not enough to actually adopt it--the company has rebuilt Egnyte into a useful product that bears little resemblance to the 1.0. CEO Vineet Jain came by my office last week to show me the new product.
Egnyte is a new business groupware application that's rolling out at the Web 2.0 Expo. It's entering a very crowded market--the product is can be put in or near the same buckets as business wikis, groupware apps such as Groove, Sharepoint, and Collanos (review), and pure Web 2.0 apps such as Basecamp--but at its most basic it's a file synchronization engine.
By the way, it's pronounced like "ignite," not like "egg night."
Egnyte lets you designate directories, individual files, and e-mail folders for sharing. You can collect several items … Read more