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

What about DATA?

May 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

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No, I am not talking about Data from StarTrek TNG,  I am talking about the data that employees have to deal with everyday.  The data that is the life-blood of your organization, that drives your business decisions, the most valuable asset created by employees.

There are a lot of new technologies coming up to help users have easy access to their desktop and applications, and solutions like FSLogix make it even easier for IT folks to roll out applications to the users.  In the last decade user environment management solutions like Citrix XenApp, various VDI solutions, Ericom and a bunch of other applications have made it easier for people to access their apps easily from anywhere using any device.

But what about data?

Files are still spread all over the place on file servers, multiple Sharepoint servers, and FTP servers just to name a few.  On top of it, with the advent of cloud computing the data spread is increasing with files getting stuck in more silos at Evernote, Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, many private cloud solutions and the like.  Even some of the solutions that try to organize the data are all focusing on the server side consolidation, de-duplication and such.

There is no solution that lets an employee search across all the data sources easily and help them share content directly from there (instead of having to copy it to somewhere else just to share them) or edit files.  We need a solution to Unify access to all employee documents securely, while allowing administrators to use multiple types of infrastructure and build the right solutions for their enterprise.

At Primadesk we successfully solved the issue for consumers by bringing together all the cloud content by building an easy to use cloud dashboard.  Using this technology framework we are building an enterprise product called “Unifyle” that lets users search, manage, share and edit any of their files from anywhere, using any device.  We took the employee point of view to make it extremely easy for them to work with any of their files, then built in admin controls and reports to let admins know what is happening to the files.

Whether using Unifyle or other solutions, we believe it is high time that companies paid attention to data files, and how employees can easily work with them, not just the desktop and applications.

What do you think?.  Let us talk.

– Srinivasa “Venky” Venkataraman View my profile View my profile

 

 

What Do You Want from the Cloud?

June 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

As a cloud service consumer what are you looking for? What are you hoping to gain?

At GigaOm’s Structure conference last week, Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Chrome at Google, had a discussion regarding Google Drive with founder of GigaOm, Om Malik. As the conversation developed, it was interesting to hear how the consumers of cloud services have gained a lot of power and room to help shape the cloud through all the choices currently available to them. As Sundar Pichai put it “Cloud service consumers are faced with many different options for services and are benefitting from all the competition.” As we spend more time living in the cloud, we can start to develop what our expectations are from it. We want it to be the center, where we come together to collaborate, share and store information. Primadesk was created so you don’t have to choose between the services you love to use. We wanted you to be able to access all of your information regardless of where it was stored and provide an option for back up – for all your photos, videos and files. One place where you can store all your items together, so they are safe and always there when you need them.

The big players – Google, Apple, and Microsoft – have created end-to-end solutions for individual cloud service consumers. With Google Drive your interaction with the cloud is consistent despite the different devices you use to access it. It’s obvious that the providers of the cloud are aware of the market as well with a tag line like – “Keep everything. Share anything. Access everywhere”. Similarly, “Your files, on any device”, from SkyDrive or “Your content. On all devices”, from iCloud.

The big players are designed to be the only place for consumers to reach the cloud. Interestingly enough, despite these massive players and the unbeatable offerings, consumers are still saving their work to Dropbox, and trying new storage services like SugarSync, which had over 180,000 unique visitors last month.

The cloud has become our hub for many different activities. Besides different storage systems, services are being created to display and share photos, personal blogs, social interactions – everything. Consumers are moving and investing more of their time into the cloud to create what fits them, rather than looking to use just one service, they are looking to combine services. We have watched Primadesk‘s numbers rise around interaction with photos, not just on FB but with Dropbox, Google+ we can see that consumers are using multiple platforms and services and that they want to be able to access all of them easily.

Primadesk wants to turn the cloud into a place where all your cloud services and content, are accessible at any time on any device. By connecting and using more services everyday you will find which ones work best for you, and which features are the most beneficial for your needs. Use what makes your life easier, use Primadesk.

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