What are the differences between HCL Connections and ShareFile?

Let us understand the concepts of HCL Connections and ShareFile before learning the differences between them.

HCL Connections

It is a social software application developed by IBM in 2007 and later owned by HCL technologies in the year 2019. It is a collaboration tool which assists customers and business people with communication and workflow management.

It is mainly designed for file sharing, online meetings, and instant messaging. The programming language used is java and javascript.


The characteristics of HCL are as follows −

  • Collaboration analytics

  • Direct source capture

  • Content monitoring

  • Message threading and attachments

  • Contextual capture

  • Profile and identity management

  • Powerful search

  • Video conferencing

  • External archive support

  • Contact management


The advantages of HCL connection are as follows −

  • Community blogs and wikis are self-used managed and created by users

  • Tagging feature is excellent.

  • It provides great settings with a reliable result

  • HCL connection is a resource center for peer to peer sharing and collaboration.


The disadvantages of HCL connection are as follows −

  • It has to improve efficiency and performance within the organization

  • Many confusing methodologies to communicate

  • Needs training to onboard everyone

  • Import and export of data leads is confusing.


ShareFile was launched by Jesse Lipson in the year 2005 and was later owned by Citrix system in the year 2011. It can be integrated with any third party applications and current file storage systems to ensure flexible and synchronous file storage, modification, saving, sending and retrieval of files. It accommodates the secure sending of large files, with the ability to send and receive files of up to 100 GB in size.

It helps us to access the files from any device, mobile or desktop, allowing you to work anywhere. We can also add an e-signature feature to our documents, provide tracking tools and get notified when files are received.


The features of ShareFile are as follows −

  • ShareFile Sync

  • Desktop Widget

  • Version Control

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Compliance

  • Tracking

  • Document Archiving

  • Document Assembly

  • Document Indexing

  • Document Retention

  • e-Signature

  • File Recovery


The advantages of ShareFile are as follows −

  • We can share documents

  • Unlimited storage

  • Send and receive files in a more safe and secure way.

  • Software includes a number of features.


The disadvantages of ShareFile are as follows −

  • Difficult to non-tech people to handle

  • Outlook extension of ShareFile is not good

  • Sometimes documents are shown as corrupted and forced to reload.

  • Transferring takes a lot of time.


The major differences between HCL Connections and ShareFile are as follows −

HCL Connections
It was developed by IBM in 2007 and later owned by HCL technologies in the year 2019.
ShareFile was owned by Citrix systems in the year 2005.
HCL connection offers 5 GB free storage space.
ShareFile offers 30 days free trial for maximum storage size is 10 GB.
HCL connection provides file Synchronization service, file hosting service and cloud storage service.
ShareFile provides file synchronization service and file sharing service.
The maximum storage capacity of HCL is 1 TB.
ShareFile maximum storage size is unlimited.
The maximum file size of HCL connection is 2GB.
ShareFile maximum file is 10 GB to 100 GB based on plans.
HCL connection does not have freeware version.
ShareFile has freeware version.
HCL connection does not have freeware version.
ShareFile has freeware version.
HCL does not support LAN synchronization.
ShareFile has LAN synchronization, full duplex transfer feature.
HCL Connection used to store both personal and professional data.
ShareFile is used to store business related data.