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Symantec Cites BYOD Big Security Threats; Releases MMS

Symantec is addressing big threats to endpoint device security with Symantec Mobile Management Suite (MMS).

  • Premiered: 04/19/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Symantec mobile mam mdm mms mobile management service BYOD file collaboration
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Enterprise File Collaboration Market Landscape

Collaboration is a huge concept, even narrowing it down to enterprise file collaboration (EFC) is still a big undertaking. Many vendors are using “collaboration” in their marketing materials yet they mean many different things by it, ranging from simple business interaction to sophisticated groupware to data sharing and syncing on a wide scale. The result is a good deal of market confusion.

Frankly, vendors selling file collaboration into the enterprise cannot afford massive customer confusion because selling file collaboration into the enterprise is already an uphill battle. First, customers – business end-users – are resistant to changing their Dropbox and Dropbox-like file share applications. As far as the users are concerned their sharing is working just fine between their own devices and small teams.

IT is very concerned about this level of consumer-level file sharing and if they are not, they should be. But IT faces a battle when it attempts to wean thousands of end-users off of Dropbox on the users’ personal devices. There must be a business advantage and clear usability for users who are required to adopt a corporate file sharing application on their own device.

IT must also have good reasons to deploy corporate file sharing using the cloud. From their perspective the Dropboxes of the world are fueling the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon. They need to replace consumer-level file collaboration applications with an enterprise scale application and its robust management console. However, while IT may be anxious about BYOD and insecure file sharing it is not usually the most driving need on their full agenda. They need to understand how an EFC solution can solve a very large problem, and why they need to take advantage of the solution now. 

What is the solution? Enterprise file collaboration (EFC) with: 1) high scalability, 2) security, 3) control, 4) usability, and 5) compliance. In this landscape report we will discuss these five factors and the main customer drivers for this level of enterprise file collaboration.
 
Finally, we will discuss the leading vendors that offer enterprise file collaboration products and see how they stack up against our definition.



 

Publish date: 06/06/13
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Business File Sharing: Threat or Opportunity?

The Dropboxes of the world are fueling the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon. They need to replace consumer-level file collaboration applications with an enterprise scale application and its robust management console. However, while IT may be anxious about BYOD and insecure file sharing it is not usually the most driving need on their full agenda. They need to understand how an EFC solution is the opportunity to solve a very large problem, and why they need to take advantage of the solution now.

Publish date: 07/31/13
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File-Sharing Security Concerns Cause Cloud Services to Adapt

First, online file sharing caught on big with end users and took IT by surprise. Next came the backlash, in which IT struck back against the unsanctioned services. Now the vendors who sell the services are answering by adding enterprise management and security features.

  • Premiered: 07/30/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Dropbox TBA YouSendIt TBA SugarSync TBA BYOD TBA File Sharing TBA EFC TBA Enterprise File Sharing TBA Syncplicity TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA ionGrid TBA HDS TBA Active Directory
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Enterprise File Collaboration Market Landscape

Collaboration is a huge concept; even narrowing it down to enterprise file collaboration (EFC) is still a big undertaking. Many vendors are using “collaboration” in their marketing materials, yet they mean many different things by it, ranging from simple business interaction to sophisticated groupware to data sharing and syncing on a wide scale. The result is a good deal of market confusion.

  • Premiered: 08/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA EFC TBA file collaboration TBA BYOD TBA Saas TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Data protection
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Survey: File Sharing in the Enterprise

Taneja Group and InfoStor jointly ran a survey asking IT managers about their experience with corporate file sharing. Taneja Group defines corporate file sharing as the ability to share large numbers of files between business users across networks and mobile devices.

  • Premiered: 08/21/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA InfoStor TBA BYOD TBA Security TBA Mobility TBA Enterprise File Sharing TBA File Sharing TBA VPN TBA FTP TBA Egnyte TBA Acronis TBA SkyDox TBA EMC TBA Syncplicity TBA Citrix TBA sharefile TBA Huddle
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Taneja Group and Infostor Joint Survey: File Sharing In The Enterprise

Taneja Group and InfoStor jointly ran a survey asking IT managers about their experience with corporate file sharing. Taneja Group defines corporate file sharing as the ability to share large numbers of files between business users across networks and mobile devices.

File sharing heavily intersects with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the cloud. BYOD is the phenomenon of employees using personal mobile devices for personal and business applications and data access. File sharing as a business usage is closely associated with BYOD as end users seek to easily share files between their own and others’ multiple computing devices.

File sharing is also bound up with cloud usage. File sharing on mobile devices does not strictly require file sharing services using the cloud; basic secure sharing can be done via VPN just as one would email a file or share its pathname over the LAN. However, this solution is less than ideal for file sharing because it is poorly scalable and lacks any file sharing application functionality.

In contrast, most file sharing products use the cloud because the environment is highly scalable and delivers application functionality such as file versioning and locking. Many file sharing products also use the cloud to host a shared file repository, and most integrate with Active Directory and other SAML-based access management applications.  Given a huge growth in data files and in mobile access needs, this approach is far superior to simply sending files using VPN connections.

This is no surprise to end users, who happily use file sharing applications like Dropbox to easily share files. Yet not all file sharing applications are created equal and consumer file sharing applications can threaten corporate data security. Vendors are quickly developing business- and enterprise-level file sharing applications in response to valid concerns about file sharing security, scalability, management, usability and compliance.

These are serious questions and should be serious concerns for IT in businesses of any size. However, our survey found that although some respondents have file sharing solutions and policies already in place, many did not. Some respondents have solid short-term plans to do so but others have no plans in place. Why? Taneja Group has observed that when IT denies a need for secure file sharing in a BYOD environment, they usually lack the time, sense of urgency, executive support and/or budget to deal effectively with the problem.

For more on file collaboration/BYOD issues and vendors, download Taneja Group’s File Collaboration Landscape Market Report

Publish date: 08/21/13
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Virtual Bridges Unveils VERDE 7, New DaaS Solution Geared for Flexibility and Speed of Deployment

Virtual Bridges, Inc. today announced VERDE 7, an update to its award-winning, high-performance virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that is quick to deploy, easy to manage and extremely flexible to meet the needs of enterprises and service providers alike.

  • Premiered: 10/15/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA virtual bridges TBA VDI TBA BYOD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Server Virtualization TBA NAS TBA Cloud TBA Virtual Desktop Manager
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File Sharing Facts: Why Employees Use Cloud File Sharing Services & What To Do About It

Sometimes the traits that workers want most from the applications they use are ease of use and convenience. Especially in this age of mobility and BYOD (bring your own device), when employees perceive IT departments can't or won't provide applications with these abilities they'll go outside the organization and search for alternatives. Read more from this article with quotes from Jeff Boles on pages 41-42!

  • Premiered: 02/07/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PC Today
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA BYOD TBA Jeff Boles
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Data Defined Storage: Building on the Benefits of Software Defined Storage

At its core, Software Defined Storage decouples storage management from the physical storage system. In practice Software Defined Storage vendors implement the solution using a variety of technologies: orchestration layers, virtual appliances and server-side products are all in the market now. They are valuable for storage administrators who struggle to manage multiple storage systems in the data center as well as remote data repositories.

What Software Defined Storage does not do is yield more value for the data under its control, or address global information governance requirements. To that end, Data Defined Storage yields the benefits of Software Defined Storage while also reducing data risk and increasing data value throughout the distributed data infrastructure. In this report we will explore how Tarmin’s GridBank Data Management Platform provides Software Defined Storage benefits and also drives reduced risk and added business value for distributed unstructured data with Data Defined Storage. 

Publish date: 03/17/14
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EMC upgrades Isilon NAS for file storage, Hadoop analytics

EMC today launched two new Isilon scale-out network-attached storage arrays and added the ability to use flash as a read cache for all Isilon systems.

  • Premiered: 07/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Storage TBA File Storage TBA Hadoop TBA analytics TBA VCE TBA Pivotal TBA NVRAM TBA SmartFlash TBA OneFS TBA OpenStack TBA HDFS TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Caching TBA flash cache TBA DRAM TBA Cloud TBA BYOD TBA Block Storage
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File sharing frequently paired with endpoint backup products

Backup vendors increasingly see file sync-and-share as a good fit for their endpoint backup software.

  • Premiered: 10/24/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA sync and share TBA File Sharing TBA file collaboration TBA Optimization TBA Private Cloud TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA BYOD TBA Dropbox TBA Mike Matchett
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IT Can Now Deliver What Their "Consumers" Want: CTERA 5.0 Enables Enterprise Distributed Data

End-user mobility and the fast growth of data are increasingly pushing file storage and sharing into the cloud. Sharing data through an easy-to-use cloud service keeps globe-hopping users happy and productive, while technologies like cloud storage gateways enable IT to govern across on-premise and cloud storage as a single infrastructure. However, the big goals of these two groups often crash like fast ships on ramming speed. What end-users want as consumers is fast, easy, and always-on while IT requires fully secure, controlled, and ultimately cost-effective. This imbalance creates challenges: concentrate on end-user usability and governance suffers; concentrate on governance and usability diminishes.

How can live files and business data move with users, and IT control and governance follow the data wherever it goes? Globally mobile end-users need to efficiently access and share files, while corporate IT needs to govern and secure those files. Both parties look hopefully to the cloud to provide the mobility and scalability necessary for this level of file collaboration and control. They are right about cloud mobility and scalability but external cloud services can’t by definition provide IT governed data services and private clouds solutions to-date haven’t exactly been on par with the consumer-grade versions publicly available. End users today demand IT provide services like EFSS that are as good or better then the free services everyone has on their smartphones and laptops, and if IT can’t, end-users will end-run around IT.

The solution isn’t hard to dream up: create a single strategic control point for enterprise-level data mobility and governance that works across enterprise cloud-like services. Sadly, thinking about something does not make it so. Certainly central control is common for specific computing domains. Storage makers create central management consoles for the systems under their control. Virtualization makers create central management for hundreds and thousands of VMs. Backup makers create central control for data replication across remote sites. And the components specific to sharing and protecting file data are common: enterprise file share and sync (EFSS) and cloud gateways. But what has been missing up until now is central control over all those processes in a simple unified manner, especially when supporting a distributed workforce.

CTERA cloud storage gateways have provided file-based protection and mobility since the company stepped onto the cloud-based management scene. Now a major new release further supports and enables integrated end-to-end file and data services. CTERA’s 5.0 version of its Enterprise Data Services Platform powerfully brings together several key capabilities that help IT easily deliver the distributed services their users want and need while ensuring full governance and control. The platform combines their highly available NAS gateway for core and edge services with advanced EFSS and backup. Their seamless integration cements separate solutions into a cohesive CTERA platform. In this report we will examine CTERA 5.0 and its balanced benefits for both user happiness and productivity, and IT governance and control.

Publish date: 05/29/15