A virtual data room is a device that enables the secure sharing of confidential files with external collaborators. It eliminates the need to send physical files via email or messaging platforms, and lets multiple users access them simultaneously. It also provides an increased security level that is granular in its permissions and a robust encryption system which works both in transit and when the file is in storage.
There are a variety of virtual data rooms with some of them focusing on specific fields or types of projects. This allows them to offer the right set of features that matches the needs of the specific niche. For instance, M&A due diligence is one of the most frequent uses for VDRs and some vendors offer specific features that allow for the speed of due diligence.
Many modern VDRs index and search for the full text of the contents of the file. This reduces the amount time that users are spending searching for important documents and organizing the structure of folders. They can also automatically scan and convert PDFs as well as other common file formats into searchable documents, which helps speed up due diligence. Other providers provide a range of integrations with third-party software applications that can automate business processes and approvals for example, signing an NDA or managing invoice approvals.
Choose a provider who has an interface for users that is easy to use for both administrators and users. You should also ensure that the company hosts its servers in world-class data centers and has a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.