Items Tagged: Collaboration
Within the cloudy cloud, the real solutioning in my opinion is happening at the fringes. But at the core, there are some interesting products that are changing the way IT is being done. One example that crossed my radar today is Zoho.
Huddle has got a lot of nerve -- and a lot of promise.
In part one of this podcast series, Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Milford, Mass.-based Taneja Group, and SearchCloudStorage.com assistant site editor Rachel Kossman sat down to discuss primary or near-line storage in the cloud.
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Confused about collaboration? Don't be. Enterprise Cloud Collaboration (ECC) is a highly available and scalable cloud file sharing solution with centralized IT control.
There is a lot of confusion in the enterprise file collaboration space right now and frankly, vendors can't afford it.
Strong business drivers are encouraging corporations to take the plunge into Enterprise File Collaboration (EFC).
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.
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.
Metalogix, the leading provider of content infrastructure software to improve the use and performance of enterprise content on Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, File and Cloud platforms, today announced the industry's first dynamic email management suite to transparently migrate, store, secure and protect email and file content for on premises and hybrid cloud environments.
Connected Data's Transporter evolves from a SOHO device to an appliance that provides IT with a private cloud for file sync and share.
- Premiered: 10/21/14
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage