Today’s users are storing and sharing data more than ever. Cloud services like Google (News - Alert) Drive and DropBox offer consumer friendly services that only accelerate this trend. Users are also engaging with this data, and for enterprises these capabilities are becoming fundamental in productivity. Although, how do you allow users to interact and share content while maintaining the security and governance that IT requires? EMC, a company that offers cloud computing and storage services for enterprises, has a new offering which embraces cloud storage without giving up control.
The new offering involves technology from Syncplicity, a firm it acquired in May 2012, which offered cloud-based storage, sync, sharing, automated backup and mobile device access prior to its acquisition. EMC (News - Alert) customers will now have mobile and remote file access to their data without subjecting it to third-party data centers.
According to EMC’s head of marketing at Syncplicity, Jeffrey Schultz, this ability to move the data layer on-premise will ensure that home directory files do not leak into online file sharing services. At the same time, enterprises will be now be able to embrace collaboration and social enterprise ideals making file sharing a veritable necessity to getting work done.
Syncplicity brings user engagement to EMC’s Information Intelligence Group, which is home to Documentum, Captiva and SourceOne City, all of which are EMC’s enterprise cloud document management and archiving services.
According to the VP of marketing at EMC Isilon, Sam Grocott, the integration of Syncplicity into Isilon and Atmos, which are EMC’s big data cloud storage platforms, alleviates the big worry IT managers and administrators have about losing control of their data once it hits the cloud. By seamlessly folding cloud file sharing and syncing capabilities into existing on-premise storage management ecosystems, the cloud simply acts as a transport mechanism and not as a big hard drive in the sky, which is what most enterprises view cloud storage as.
Other controls that come bundled with the new offering are policy controls like Active Directory, single-sign and the ability to perform smart remote file wiping that targets business data only.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman