EMM and EFSS should work together

July 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Enterprises interested in supporting a mobile workforce figured out a while ago that they needed Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), even if it wasn’t always called that, and they didn’t really know precisely what they needed at the time. But they needed something. As the evolution and adoption of EMM has increased, so has the realization that it is not enough. The first goal of EMM was security, the second productivity. This is why stand-alone MDM failed – all security, no productivity.

Where are the files?

Aside from reading and responding to corporate email, most productivity requires access to documents – reading, editing, sharing, etc. And enterprises are still figuring out where is the right place for those documents. For security sake, many businesses, especially those in regulated industries, are inclined to leave them right where they are, inside the firewall in traditional and dependable file shares, like SharePoint and a multitude of Windows File Shares. Others, often with some trepidation, are moving into the cloud or to some alternate on-premises solution. No sane IT administrator looks forward to a data migration project; they are long, expensive, complicated, and nobody looks forward to re-training users. So why do they do it.

What is the role of EFSS?

Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) offers improved access to files from any device, including mobile devices, with different solutions offering different pros and cons. But it is essential for users to have universal access to ALL documents, regardless of where they are, and it is essential to IT that this access be controlled by an EMM solution and not by randomly by the individual. EMM solutions rely on a managed ecosystem in order to have the proper visibility and control over user activities. But participation is still inconsistent, and certainly not universal. For example, XenMobile users can work with Box in the Worx environment, but will have to go outside of XenMobile if they use Office 365 because Office 365 is not part of the Worx Verified program. This diversity of solutions and lack of universal adoption across all EFSS and ALL EMM introduces unnecessary complications for both users and IT.

Integrate, Unify, Simplify

A better approach, especially for those with files in multiple locations, is to work with a virtual file manager that aggregates access to all EFSS solutions AND works with all major EMM solutions. Then users will have simple and secure access to any file in any system, and all transactions remain within the control and visibility of the company’s EMM.

Unifyle is the only such solution that I am aware of today. Unifyle is partnered with Citrix (XenMobile), VMware (AirWatch), Symantec (Sealed), CA EMM and MobileIron. Add to that a multitude of connectors for both enterprise file shares and cloud-based file storage solutions, and there is no reason for any user to access any file that isn’t accessed within the safe confines of their EMM solution.

And perhaps the best part for all involved is that everyone files can remain right where they are today. There may be other reasons to move files around. But secure mobile file access should not require a file migration project.

– Brian Duckering View my profile View my profile

EFSS Should Be Secure, Not Just Convenient

July 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Unifyle has already proven its mettle for convenience, being the only Enterprise File Sync and Share solution that gives you all of the benefits without migrating any files, and unifies access to everything in a single dashboard, on your mobile device or in your browser.

Data security is also of paramount importance, regardless of where your files are. No one questions that encryption is the way to secure files at rest, and we are starting to hear of some of the cloud providers offering encryption. Box, for example, is now offering companies the ability to encrypt files using their own keys. This is smart for security, but kills some of the functionality normally provided by Box, like SEARCH, because Box can no longer read and work with the files. Plus, each provider will eventually have their own strategy for encryption, leading to a potential nightmare of key management and logistics.

Consolidating security offers similar benefits for security as consolidating access offers for productivity. If all of the functionality, like search, share, edit, etc. are all consolidated in the same location as encryption, your files can be secure without losing any convenience or productivity. One dashboard will hold the key (on-premises) and also provide unified search, secure sharing (even shared files can remain encrypted), and access to local editing.

Unifyle offers customers the ability to add encryption to ANY connected file source, and still give full functionality. Admins can use the same approach to encrypt any or all file sources with just a switch, completely independent of the storage location. Direct access to the cloud service will show only unreadable files. Using existing encryption solutions from Symantec and others, or Unifyle’s built-in encryption, customers have both flexibility and ease of management.

And if IT managers really want to get crazy, Unifyle makes adding anti-virus just as easy.

– Brian Duckering View my profile View my profile

Working with files should be easy – even when mobile

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Like everyone else in business, I just want things to work, including when I’m on my tablet or phone. Recent evolutions have helped by bringing us mobile business apps for just about anything you may want to do. And when there aren’t mobile apps, we can easily tap into some VDI or XenApp environment to get the functionality we need. But here’s the problem…

I can’t get my files in and out of the apps!

I still have to jump through way too many hoops to get my files into those apps, work with them, and then get them back where they belong. At work, my files are in SharePoint and various Windows file shares – completely out of reach when I’m mobile. So I do what most of us do, copy the files I need into my personal Dropbox account so I can get the files where I need them to be productive. Of course I then have to reverse the process to put them back, having already violated all of the data safety policies of my company. Files seem to be the final frontier for business mobility.

Many businesses are looking to migrate their data to the cloud (those that can even seriously consider the option), in hopes of solving these access and productivity issues. But nobody I know is excited about the process, the cost, the time, or the lost productivity of such major migrations.

Fortunately, there is now a way for these companies to skip the migration and headache, and it works for companies that can’t even consider the cloud as well.

Unifyle is a relatively new product that finally takes this challenge head on. Here is the basic idea:

  1. Leave all of your files where they are.
  2. Install some software in your datacenter (100% on-premises).
  3. Tell users about the new secure, mobile-friendly portal for all files.

It takes less than an hour to install and configure, giving users mobile and PC access to all enterprise and authorized cloud file sources. Now who wouldn’t want to invest an hour to solve the last biggest challenge to enterprise mobility if they knew about it? I can’t think of anybody either.

– Brian Duckering View my profile View my profile

Unifyle is Verified as Citrix Ready

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Unifyle recently reached another milestone, with both iOS and Android apps now verified as Citrix Ready®.  Unifyle successfully completed the battery of tests to validate its compatibility as a joint solution with a variety of Citrix products, including ShareFile, XenMobile and XenApp.

CitrixReady

Unifyle uniquely extends the productivity for Citrix customers by making all files accessible without the need to move or migrate anything. Worx customers can have unprecedented access to SharePoint and other file stores, without having to make unsecured and unsynced copies.  XenApp Customers can open files directly in applications hosted on XenApp, then save back to the original source, without ever bringing the file to a remote device.

See the recent press release here

For those not as familiar with Unifyle, it is a virtual file management and access solution that makes existing enterprise file shares behave like they were in DropBox, so they are easy to access and use from outside the firewall and from mobile devices.  Unifyle becomes a single dashboard for ALL of your files, including cloud services that are allowed by IT.  With this powerful solution, businesses can:

  • Add cloud-like features to your existing corporate file stores.
  • Extend access to all file shares to mobile devices.
  • Search, manage, edit and share files securely from anywhere.
  • Integrates tightly with all existing corporate security measures.

Anyone with a mobile initiative that could benefit from better access to enterprise files should check this out.

For a quick explanation of Unifyle, here is a video and a product brief.

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Unifyle makes another friend

March 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Unifyle has always been a team player and bridge builder, literally unifying those who may not ordinarily play well together, all for the benefit of enterprise users. So the recent announcement that Unifyle is now able to integrate with the Symantec Sealed Program should come as no surprise.

The core purpose of Unifyle is to unify existing file stores and services and make them easier to access and use. Individual users and companies may have preferences as to which file solutions are better, or preferred, or simply already in place and committed.  But Unifyle doesn’t discriminate, and is happy to work with all of them (SharePoint, Samba, FTP, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.)  Many of you are already experiencing the benefits of this:

  • Add cloud-like features to your existing corporate file stores.
  • Extend access to all file shares to mobile devices.
  • Search, manage, edit and share files securely from anywhere.
  • Integrates tightly with all existing corporate security measures.

It’s that last bullet that leads to the next level of important connections that allow businesses to easily adopt Unifyle. These are the many enterprise systems already in place to enable companies to work securely and productively – user authentication, network security, DLP, data security, encryption, etc. It’s great that Unifyle simply works well with and compliments all of these solutions, with no requirement to remove, replace, or add to any of them.

Since mobile businesses are primary targets for the Unifyle solution, it should come as no surprise that they will have an additional layer of security in place, like the Symantec Mobility Suite. So of course Unifyle now works well with that solution too.  For more information on this announcement, please click here:  http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/primadesk-and-symantec-join-forces-to-secure-mobile-access-to-enterprise-files-2001667.htm

For a quick overview, here is a video and a product brief.

– Brian Duckering View my profile View my profile

Is Consumerization of IT Believable?

February 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Is Consumerization of IT Believable?

Enterprise IT projects are easy to spot. They are the ones that take weeks and months to complete.  And yet they may never truly be complete – because enterprise IT is necessarily complex. As an IT admin, I know it’s always been that way and always will be.  Right?

Consumer projects, on the other hand, have to be simple enough and fast enough that almost anyone can get it done without getting frustrated and giving up after an hour of struggle.  Even the consumer “experts” have had to get their times down. An Xfinity system installation or upgrade used to waste 2 to 3 hours, but surprisingly is now generally done in half an hour.  As a consumer, I just won’t stand for it and consumer providers have adapted.

So why doesn’t enterprise IT have the same expectations? Technology continues to enable simpler products and services that don’t compromise on functionality. But IT admins are skeptical and slow to expect things in the enterprise to work as they do in our personal lives. Will they keep accepting the status quo, and thus slow the adoption of simpler products?  Or will they believe, and by believing speed the evolution of IT consumerization.

Unifyle is one of the companies committed to bringing the consumer experience to the enterprise with their simple, secure and easy-to-install software.  They are determined to change the perception of what enterprise IT can and should expect from their providers, and are even offering a challenge to IT admins to prove it.

Unifyle brings consumerization to enterprise file shares and other storage services by converting them to a consumer model, like Dropbox or Box.  People can share files directly from file shares without spreading uncontrolled copies everywhere, they can access and edit files using mobile devices, and they can find files almost anywhere with a single search.  Basically, the enterprise can have the flexibility and convenience that consumers already enjoy, but with enterprise controls and security.

Take the challenge to install and benefit from Unifyle in less than 60 minutes. They even offer prizes.

– Brian Duckering View my profile View my profile

Unifyle Extends Pre-Release Free Trial

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sign up for Unifyle TRIAL here.

Created by the same people who introduced internet security to the consumer market in the early 2000’s, Unifyle leverages your existing infrastructure to deliver a simple, efficient and user friendly enterprise file manager.

Every organization has more systems storing files than people are able to keep up with. You have multiple SharePoint locations, network shares, and FTP servers, just to name a few. Managing all these locations and the files/folders on them requires a great deal of time from both IT and the end-users.

With Unifyle, you can provide your organization with an interface in which your end-users can link to all your approved data stores to search, edit, share and more, from one place. No longer will people have to jump around from one location to another to find what they are looking for.

Furthermore, Unifyle does NOT require any additional storage or security policies. Unifyle works with what you have already built!

For more information on Unifyle, check out our new datasheet.

– Gene Kupfer View my profile View my profile

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