Enterprise File Sync and Share: Issues and Vendors - Page 2


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Citrix ShareFile. Citrix acquired ShareFile to add file sharing capabilities to Citrix’ unified communications platform. ShareFile administrates the file sharing web app, brokering, and reporting functions through a Citrix-managed cloud. For customers opting to store data in the cloud, ShareFile stores files in Citrix-managed StorageZones located on Amazon S3 or in private, on-premise, customer-managed clouds called StorageZones.

Druva inSync. Druva inSync integrates file sharing with its suite of endpoint management applications: backup, file sharing, data loss prevention, and analytics. Suite tools include application-aware deduplication, WAN optimization, and a centralized management console that administrates a single set of user permissions and policies across the entire suite. Customers choose to host the repository on public or private clouds, or a hybrid combination.

Egnyte Business File Sharing. Egnyte’s architecture contains Egnyte Cloud File Server (CFS) and Egnyte Local Cloud. CFS is a service layer that enables file sharing for SMB, mid-sized or enterprise customers. The Enterprise Local Cloud is deployed on a VMware virtual appliance on a range of hardware including Windows and Linux servers, VMware platforms, or storage systems.  File syncing is bi-directional between the Local Cloud and the Cloud File Server and locally stored data remains accessible if the Internet connection should fail.

EMC Syncplicity. EMC acquired Syncplicity and developed Syncplicity Enterprise Edition to optimize file sharing for its own storage lines. EMC delivers the Syncplicity application as SaaS and optimizes it for Isilon, VNX or Atmos (Syncplicity users are not limited to EMC devices.) IT can choose public clouds or on-premise deployment. On-premise installations share and sync files directly between storage and devices, only using a cloud for Syncplicity orchestration and upgrades. Customers can choose to replicate files to specific data centers to improve performance for users closest to the data center.

Huddle. Content management platform Huddle is a value-add or full replacement for MS SharePoint. File sharing works within the Huddle platform. Huddle uses a proactive recommendation engine that pushes relevant files to the team’s devices. The vendor also supports pull features so users can specify files or folders for sharing across team devices. Huddle shares and syncs files across desktops, networks and mobile content devices.

Oxygen Cloud. Oxygen Cloud is built with three major components: Open Authentication Connector, Storage Connector virtual appliances, and Application Management Service. The components enable Oxygen to integrate with AD or LDAP for user authentication, and to offer private cloud options as well as a variety of remote cloud architectures. The Application Management Service provides synchronizing, sharing and versioning tools with centralized IT administration.

Additional vendors who are making strides in the enterprise file sharing area include Box Enterprise, CTERA, IBM (Connections) and SkyDox.

Looking Forward

Even when an enterprise allows consumer-level file sharing, it is not because the IT organization loves the risky application. It’s because they lack the budget, time, will, and/or executive support to deploy an enterprise-level file sharing option.

But file sharing is a fact of life, and staying with consumer-level file sharing is a big risk for the enterprise. With enterprise file sharing IT can realize centralized control, compliance and security; while users get secure usability for themselves, their team members and their devices. It’s up to IT to make the case by understanding the risk of consumer file sharing and the benefits of enterprise-level. It is also the responsibility of the executive suite to listen, and to act.

Christine Taylor is a well-known technology journalist who has worked in the storage industry for many years.

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