The folks from ownCloud came by to discuss syncing and sharing data from data center to cloud and from cloud to cloud in a safe, secure and manageable way. The challenge ownCloud is addressing is that organizations have an ever-growing mound of data that can be found in its data center, the data centers of cloud service providers and all of diverse user devices staff and customers use today.
Are cloud file sharing services the answer?
ownCloud points out that although there are many ways to use cloud services to share data, many of them can not be considered safe or secure even though they can be used at little or no cost. Organizations have become increasingly concerned that using these services can be the source of compliance and security issues. ownCloud believes it has a better way.
The company offers technology designed to be an “enterprise file sync and share solution.” The key differentiator is that this service is designed to be hosted in the organization’s own data center. It runs on the organization’s own servers and uses the organization’s own storage.
Universal File Access is offered through a single front-end that makes it possible for files to be accessed, synced and shared with all of its systems.
Authorized individuals can access organization files from, as ownCloud describes it, from “any device, anytime, from anywhere while IT can manage, control and audit file sharing activity to ensure security and compliance measures are met.”
I was intrigued by flexibility of ownCloud’s technology. The company has published APIs making it possible for the organization to easily interface file sync and share capabilities with its choice of encryption, management or even format transformation tools.
The company has developed a growing ecosystem of partners who are developing new ways to use its file movement and management technology so that it can support new file types, file transformations and still maintain high levels of security and control.
I’d encourage IT decision makers to learn more about this technology by requesting a demo or, perhaps, downloading the software to try it out.