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Besides providing the security of a private cloud, ShareFile StorageZones also increases the performance of file sharing when compared to using public clouds, Citrix's Lipson said. It also keeps the files closer to users running XenServer server virtualization technology and XenDesktop desktop virtualization technology, he said.
It also provides the ability to store some files on premise and others in public clouds, Lipson said. "Companies with offices around the world can choose where their files are stored," he said. "For example, at Citrix, users on the West Coast can access StorageZones in our California Amazon data centers, while users on the East Coast can access files in our Northern Virginia Amazon data center."
Also new is an iPad app for ShareFile StorageZones. Integrated with a company's Active Directory, the app allows IT administrators to wipe sensitive data off an iPad if the device is lost or the data is on the device too long, Lipson said.
The app also provides audit trails that show who accessed files before they were wiped off in order to meet some Federal requirements that prove files were not accessed by unauthorized users, he said.
Citrix has Android and Blackberry apps for ShareFile, which are expected to be updated with the new enterprise features later this year, he said.
Citrix ShareFile StorageZones is slated to be available later this year.
Citrix is not alone in trying to wean corporate users off of consumer-focused file sharing and collaboration technologies. VMware last month said it is preparing to launch its "Project Octopus" cloud storage service by the end of June.
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