If your company has files sitting in Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and other repositories, welcome to the club! Oh, and you might want to take a look at Filebrowser.io technology just open-sourced by Cloud Elements.
This freebie promises to enable workers to search across lots of these data repositories, without leaving their applications — provided, of course, they’re also using [company]Cloud Elements'[/company] API hub as well.
Cloud Elements is one of a flock of new companies like Zapier and Azuqua, seeking to provide easy API access to an array of services, although unlike those two startups it’s focused on document repositories not a wide array of web applications. It also competes with more traditional enterprise service bus or ESB companies such as [company]MuleSoft[/company], [company]Boomi[/company] (now owned by Dell) and CastIron, now part of [company]IBM[/company].
Given how popular Dropbox’s consumer-oriented storage has become — many employees use it with or without corporate sanction — a tool that offers a unified view and search into all repositories would be a plus if it works as advertised. Of course, it’s also a way to encourage more companies to use Cloud Elements’ hub and pay for the use of its API and associated services.