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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.

  • 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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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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Think Beyond Simple Sync and Share

Providing a safe alternative to public cloud-based file sync-and-share services is a good idea, but be prepared to expand those services to enhance other business processes. Cloud-based files services like Dropbox have changed the game of file data access. Making file data more accessible is a long-standing problem that was first addressed by consumer-level products that were free of enterprise encumbrances.

  • Premiered: 05/02/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Dropbox TBA File Sharing TBA EFC TBA Box TBA CTERA TBA Egnyte TBA EMC TBA Syncplicity TBA Huddle TBA IBM TBA SmartCloud TBA InfraScale TBA Maginatics TBA MagFS TBA MobileSpan TBA OxygenCloud TBA OwnCloud TBA SkyDox TBA TeamDrive TBA file collaboration TBA sync and share
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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