Competitor Series: FileCloud vs Egnyte 2022

When it comes to Content Collaboration Platforms (or CCP) we think FileCloud is the superior solution with its hyper-security, compliance options, and collaboration tools like Workflow Automation. However, we know that there are other solid solutions around.

We’ve written several competitor blogs on Open Text and Nextcloud, and today it’s time for us to cover Egnyte.


Egnyte has a focus on cloud solutions which is a great option for many companies. Unlike Dropbox, it does have a hybrid solution and features like FileCloud’s ServerSync and ServerLink.

However, Egnyte doesn’t offer an on-premises solution. Want to use Egnyte but also want to keep your data behind your own firewalls? Well, you’re fresh out of luck.

We’re not saying Egnyte isn’t a solid CCP solution. However, when you get down to the nitty gritty, Egnyte doesn’t have certain features and benefits that we consider necessary for a CCP, including the option to self-host your data on your own IT infrastructure.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

DRM is a vital aspect of a content collaboration product. Protecting your data and files is something you should be able to control both before and after files have been sent. Unfortunately, Egnyte doesn’t offer an integrated DRM solution, like the one baked into FileCloud’s system. FileCloud’s solution includes the following:

  • Secure Document Viewer/Container

Protect confidential files from unsolicited viewing with restricted viewing mode/container.

  • Screenshot/Print Protection

Utilize the Screenshot and Print Protection feature to prevent recipients from taking screenshots or printing sensitive data.

  • Restrict & Revoke Access to Files After Distribution

Enforce data governance policies even after distribution; revoke file access or change permissions anytime.


FIPS 140-2 Compliance

If you’re interested in working with government agencies or government contractors, any system you use will need an additional layer of compliance called FIPS 140-2. FIPS 140-2 is supported by the CMVP (or Cryptography Module Validation Program), a collaboration between the Canadian and US governments (specifically the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST). CMVP establishes a standard for cryptographic modules, validation, and compliance.

Many CCPs don’t have the option of FIPS 140-2 mode like FileCloud does, because it’s an intensive process to attain FIPS certification.

FileCloud was granted FIPS 140-2 certification in early 2019. This rigorous process ensures that systems with NIST 140-2 validation can protect highly sensitive and confidential government data from misuse or abuse as well as mitigate the risk of cyberattacks.

Single Sign-on (SSO)/SAML Support

With how many passwords and logins that employees now have, it can be a huge time-saver to have SSO. This tool streamlines multiple user credentials into one and enables easier access across systems.

FileCloud has this option available, but Egnyte does not.

Device Management

You need to be able to control who is using your system—regardless of what device they’re using.

With FileCloud, you have a complete Device Management System where you can view a list of connected devices and leverage that view to remotely wipe data or block users in case of suspicious activity or device loss.

Egnyte technically has this feature, but it costs extra and has to be enabled. At FileCloud, the feature is automatically enabled in your admin interface and won’t cost a penny more.

 Extra Costs/Not Available

Look, we get it; every system can’t have every option available. However, there are certain things that Egnyte doesn’t have or that cost extra that FileCloud includes automatically such as:

  • Unlimited external user accounts
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited file versioning

And when we say unlimited, we mean it. You won’t find “gotchas” for these in our pricing model or Terms of Service.

DRM, device management, FIPS 140-2 certification… these are things you might not initially consider so important. But once you need them and don’t have them? You’ll wish you picked FileCloud from the start.

FileCloud’s Competitive Matrix

 Of course, this blog just shows one of many CCPs out there. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place where you could compare and contrast the major solutions?

Well, now there is.

Introducing FileCloud’s Competitive Matrix. We’ve created this in-depth resource so you can decide for yourself which CCP is the best fit, based on the features you need.

We think FileCloud stacks up against even the biggest competitors. Want to learn more about how FileCloud’s hyper-secure system makes work easier? Sign up for a quick product demo and learn more.

~Written by Megan Barnard, Digital Content Specialist