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EMC Offers Online File Sharing With On-Premise Storage Product

Thor Olavsrud | Jan. 16, 2013
EMC is building on its acquisition of the Syncplicity file-sharing and collaboration service by combining it with its Isilon scale-out NAS to provide the enterprise what the storage giant claims provides the convenience of a cloud-based file-sharing service with the administrative and governance capabilities of an on-premise solution.

"With Syncplicity, a key benefit and value is there is no extra step," he says. "You can take any folder in your files and right-click on it to make it Syncplicity-enabled, no extra step required. It is as easy for you to share information in Syncplicity as it is to share photos in Facebook. On average, we have anywhere between 4,000 and 8,000 files managed per user."

For IT, Syncplicity is focusing on reporting capabilities, especially the ability to track active use, perform auditing and chargeback.

"We have our first reporting tool that should be coming out shortly in the next few weeks," Patel says. "You can import reports into your own reporting tool or Excel or what have you. We will continue to add more and more reports as time goes on. We have a very rich set of data that is being captured."

Additionally, with the EMC solution, data objects stored on premise remain on premise and within IT control. Files are not duplicated in the cloud, so they remain subject to IT security governance and protection policies.

"The one-two punch of EMC Isilon and Syncplicity applies industry-leading scalability to next-generation file management, giving IT unprecedented ability to serve user needs for file access, sharing and collaboration," says Sam Grocott, vice president of product management and product marketing for EMC Isilon.


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