With services Dropbox and Sugarsync being used more and more it makes a refreshing change to find a service that utilises some old style technology to help users back up and synchronise files.

I have always thought that providing FTP facilities would be an obvious bolt on and now Egnyte provides a hybrid file storage, backup and file sharing service that allows the user to choose how they port their terrestrial data webside – including FTP. Egnyte supports FTP file transfers, because, according to the company, FTP remains the fastest and easiest way to move data to and from the cloud. In addition, Egnyte now offers seamless connections with Google Docs, so you can use the Docs interface for instant edits.

Egnyte also offers an optional desktop app (for PCs, Macs and Linux) that simplifies setting up connections to your local file system via WebDAV over HTTPS; mapping local drives; and specifying backup intervals.Files are also accessible via mobile browser. Egnyte is currently developing mobile apps for Android and iOS that will allow full file access and editing on such devices as the iPad.

The service is available at several price levels, beginning at 20 GB of online storage for $9.99 per month, through to a chunky 1 TB of storage for $44.99 per month. Additional storage is available, and a 15-day free trial is available.