Today I went to a luncheon hosted by EMC to understand one of their latest offerings called Syncplicity. The invite was very enticing. I am sure many are familiar with DropBox and some IT administrators may even be aware of its use within a corporate/enterprise environment and so, to hear about a potential solution that offers the functionality of DropBox but also includes the security and manageability of a corporate or enterprise solution then this was something I did not want to miss!
A brief rundown of what I learnt today about Syncplicity:
- Syncplicity is an file sharing/storage solution that allows users to share, collaborate and access data across many platforms, such as PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.
- It is designed as a cloud-based offering where the cloud can be turned up or turned down to suit your requirements
It has 3 layers:
- Client Layer which is a robust number of clients available for almost any device you can think of
- Orchestration layer which admittedly sits in EMC’s cloud. This layer would typically store authentication (unless using LDAP/AD), encryption and file Meta Data.
- Storage/Compute Layer. This can be in the cloud or in your Corporate network (most likely your EMC Storage Solution such as ISILON or ATMOS but not restricted to EMC products)
It has a great user experience from what was discussed:
- A user can right click any folder on their computer and make it a Syncplicity folder. No need to move documents to a “DropBox” folder.
- Once this is done, these files will become available to them on any device they choose
- From their device they can “Favourite” a folder/file and make it available when offline. These files will sync automatically when there are any new updates.
- Files can be easily shared to others, as only a link to the file is sent and not the whole file, it saves any attachment limits issues.
- There is file versioning and conflict resolution management built in so that no work is ever lost.
- Collaboratively, users internal and external to the corporate network can be granted access to file/folder.
From an Administrative and Business Case point of view:
- Intellectual Property remains with the business, especially when staff leave who may have stored their documents in their own “DropBox” account
- Policies can be put in place to allow/restrict the experience of file sharing and syncing
- If a device is lost or stolen, a remote wipe can be performed on the device
- See just what files and data is being shared within your organisation and even outside your organisation.
I can see a case for implementing such technology in many businesses and I would love to learn more and potentially implement such a solution!
For more information, or even a free trial head to their website… http://www.syncplicity.com/
Until next time!