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Stoneware webNetwork fileAccess Caters to the Mobile Employee

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June 30, 2010

Stoneware webNetwork fileAccess Caters to the Mobile Employee

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

In this world of communications that are now unified on the same platform as the network, employees and partners should be able to have anytime access to shared and personal documents that is now only available from anywhere in the world, but also seamless.

Stoneware is one company that believes such access should be readily available for all employees and offers webNetwork fileAccess. This solution is designed to provide a secure, Web-based access to the files and documents located on file servers and storage area networks (SAN) on a global basis. The only thing the employee needs is an Internet connection and a Web browser.

The mobile professional need only have a Web browser to access the information they need. It is no longer necessary to have VPN software or lengthy FTP (File Transfer Protocol) download instructions for other users. Files can stay securely inside the network on the file server or SAN to ensure protection as well as easy accessibility for those with the necessary tools.

fileAccess can also allow the mobile professional to make quick work of any changes necessary before the big meeting. Documents can be modified inside the network from any location with remote file editing; files can be easily transferred between the remote desktop and the network through drag and drop functions; and files can be sent to any printer within the network from any remote location.

This scalable solution will integrate with the network directory service, including Microsoft Active Directory, Novell (News - Alert) eDirectory, OpenLDAP and Open Directory. In addition, users can connect to network files and documents stored on a variety of different platforms using Microsoft (News - Alert), Linux, Novell, FTP and SFTP.

Network files and documents are accessed through the virtual Web desktop running through the most popular Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari. At the same time, common file systems are supported, including upload and download, copy, paste, rename, delete, make directory, zip, e-mail, print, local edit and so much more.

Remote access to documents can make or break the business trip or even the next big deal. No longer do mobile professionals have to make sure to have physical copies of everything in hand. Now, documents, spreadsheets and presentations that once have to be downloaded to a thumb drive, burned to a CD or sent to an e-mail account can simply stay on the network for remote access on the road.

Mobility in the workplace has steadily become an important element of competing in a global marketplace. By granting employees access to the things they need on the network, they have the flexibility and functionality they need to get the job on the road done right the first time.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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