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Egnyte Business File-sharing

Background.Startup Egnyte was founded in 2006 and launched Business File-sharing in 2008. We classify Egnyte as a file collaboration vendor who positions their offering with file-sharing and collaboration, backup and large file transfer capabilities.

Technology. Egnyte builds its Hybrid File-sharing solution with two components: Egnyte Cloud File Server and Egnyte Local Cloud. Egnyte Cloud File Server (CFS) as a service layer that enables file-sharing. IT can deploy several versions of Local Clouds according to need: Egnyte offers SMB, mid-sized and enterprise versions. 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. Office Local Cloud is integrated with Netgear ReadyNAS devices. 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. Remote device users may access files directly from their devices.

  • Scalability. Egnyte lets business customers scale from SMB to mid-sized to enterprise deployments. This lets enterprise IT adopt Egnyte for individuals and ROBO, and securely scale to larger enterprise installations as needed.
  • Security. Egnyte users can set user permissions in the Cloud File Server which syncs to all Local Clouds, or can use existing directory services like AD and other LDAP-compliant applications. Egnyte Object Store (EOS) supports unstructured data performance across the file-sharing infrastructure, stores all hosted data on RAID6 storage, and offers replication options to customers.
  • Control. IT controls user permissions and authentication. Egnyte's folder structure is organized by private and public folders and sub-folders. Centralized administration controls permissions for users and groups at the directory, folder and sub-folder levels.
  • Usability. Users may access files from desktops and laptops, tablets and smart phones, browsers, mapped drives or FTP clients. Egnyte HybridCloud integrates with a number of applications including Google Docs, Outlook, and Salesforce.com.
  • Compliance. Egnyte monitors user and file access and file usage, producing audit reports for IT. Egnyte’s storage is compliant with financial service’s FINRA and SEC data storage and retention rules, PHI and HIPAA, and for European users the EU Safe Harbor framework.

Differentiator. Egnyte is the only file-sharing solution that integrates local storage devices and the cloud, as opposed to private cloud and/or public cloud infrastructure. This enables users to connect to local storage over fast LAN connections and the Egnyte cloud to synchronize files between the local storage devices. This combination of local storage plus cloud provides many use cases besides typical cloud file-sharing. Egnyte offers a balanced portfolio of personal, ROBO and enterprise levels that are attractive to enterprise users, workgroups and corporate IT. They are not the only file collaboration vendor to grow from a consumer grade offering, but they are one of the few who have successfully aligned their consumer-mid-sized-enterprise offerings with the enterprise structure of remote users/ROBO/data center.

EMC Syncplicity

Background. Startup Syncplicity offered file collaboration software using public clouds. EMC acquired Syncplicityin 2012 and quickly integrated its mobile features with EMC Documentum. EMC developed Syncplicity Enterprise Edition as an enterprise file collaboration product that is closely integrated with its own storage line.

Technology. EMC delivers the Syncplicity application as SaaS. Customers can use the public cloud for their Syncplicity Data Store repository or can choose on-premise deployment. Syncplicity is not technically limited to EMC storage but is closely integrated with EMC storage lines including Isilon for scale-out NAS and Atmos for object-based cloud storage. EMC has announced VNX integration for later in 2013. 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.

  • Scalability. Isilon is a massively scaled-out NAS that can grow from 18TB to 20PB. Fewer Syncplicity customers need object storage system Atmos, but for geographically dispersed users with massive file activity, Atmos will be a good choice.
  • Security. Syncplicity applies AES-256 encryption to files in transit and at rest on its cloud storage service and mobile devices. The cloud service replicates files between three geographically separate data centers. On-premise deployments with Isilon or Atmos use existing corporate security, governance and data protection policies on stored Syncplicity data.
  • Control. IT uses centralized control for user access and global policies. IT can also manage and wipe Syncplicity files on a user device with first encapsulating them. Global policies affect file-sharing permissions and restrictions, user and domain access, and access over the web. Syncplicity natively supports single sign-on using SAML or openID-compliant credential providers including AD. IT can create bulk accounts for efficient user management.
  • Usability. Multiple authorized users may safely edit shared files. Syncplicity automatically pushes changes to authorized devices instead of waiting for the user to login for file syncing. IT can set policies to control push parameters.
  • Compliance. IT can monitor and report on across a range of usages including files, folders, users and devices. Strong encryption and data center security aligns with HIPAA and other major regulatory requirements.

Differentiator. EMC is fully aware that its strong brand is a big advantage in selling to the enterprise. However, EMC also knows that innovation is hot in the file collaboration market and that IT does not equate innovation with mature vendors like EMC. To change this mindset, EMC has invested in a host of post-acquisition innovations and a laundry list of developments in 2013. The short-term roadmap includes VNX integration, a policy-driven hybrid cloud to optimize data file storage locations, and integration with EMC ViPR’s software-defined storage.


Background. Huddle was founded in 2006 in the UK and today has offices in the UK and the US. Huddle’s advanced content management includes file-sharing and team collaboration in flexible workspaces. As a content management and collaboration platform, Huddle positions itself as a SharePoint value-add or replacement.

Technology. Huddle file syncing works within its content management and team collaboration platform. Huddle is built on the concept of close team collaboration working together within a secure cloud service. User access includes browsers, desktops and mobile devices. Huddle replaces document search technology with a recommendation engine that pushes relevant files to the team’s devices.

Huddle practices the central knowledge base model as opposed to sharing files from their original network locations. Huddle syncs files across team desktop, network and mobile content devices. The vendor supports pull features so users can specify files or folders for syncing across team devices but its push technology is a core feature: Huddle syncs files to users based on their user/group roles and device activity, and it notifies users when a new file is available.

  • Scalability. Huddle bases its scalability on its cloud infrastructure, which enables fast scaling and de-scaling according to immediate demand.
  • Security. Huddle provides strong security at its cloud hosting facilities, which are ISO 27001 accredited. Huddle’s own ISO 27001 certification covers all service provision and back office functions relating to cloud collaboration and content management at the enterprise. Its level of data protection complies with a SSAE16/ISAE 3402 audit and is compliant with US and UK government security requirements, a key capability in its widespread government adoption. All transmissions are encrypted and data is replicated to a secondary DR site.
  • Control. Huddle presents IT departments with a full view of content activities and users. Pushing technology proactively syncs files without needing large bandwidth amounts for a team-wide manual sync. IT may securely add internal and external team members. Huddle also offers a remote wipe capability for devices.
  • Usability. Huddle preserves a desktop look-and-feel to preserve user familiarity with the interface. IT can use Huddle to add value to SharePoint or replace it entirely for better control over content management systems.
  • Compliance. A good part of its business is built at government agencies, which require strict compliance controls. Huddle provides full audit trails and granular permission settings for sensitive data environments in government and enterprise.

Differentiator. Huddle actively markets its technology both as a complement to SharePoint and a replacement for the content management system. This allows them to enter SharePoint environments as a third-party value-add without customers having to decide on a forklift replacement, and it also positions them as a SharePoint replacement down the line. Huddle has benefited from intense sales activity and customer wins in the government sector, which also validates enterprise interest.

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