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EMC Tuesday unveiled an enterprise-class file-sharing solution that combines its Syncplicity file-sharing technology with its Isilon scale-out storage or its Atmos scalable object storage arrays.
The new solution leverages Syncplicity's cloud-based technology to allow customers to build their own private file-sharing cloud utilizing their on-premise Isilon or Atmos storage, said Jeetu Patel, vice president and general manager of the Syncplicity business unit in EMC's Information Intelligence Group.
"We're providing scale-out capability so customers get the same benefits of SaaS without the cloud by using Isilon or Atmos," Patel said.
EMC in May acquired Syncplicity, a provider of software for synchronizing, sharing and accessing files over the cloud, as part of a move to make content managed by its enterprise content management technology available to mobile users.
Syncplicity developed a cloud-based solution for secure file synchronization, mobility and collaboration that provides individuals, teams and businesses of all sizes seamless access to files regardless of what computer, mobile device or application they are using.
Patel said that the Syncplicity solution remains at first a SaaS play with cloud-based storage on the back end. What is new is that Isilon or Atmos storage capacity also can now be used on the back end, he said.
In the initial phase, customers will have to choose whether the data resides on a cloud or on the local Isilon or Atmos storage, he said. "In phase two, we will provide policies to let customers decide from where files can be accessed," he said. "This will be available in 2013."
The Syncplicity technology is a major advance over current file-sharing technology, Patel said.
First-generation SaaS solutions for online file sharing provide a great user experience for consumers but are not secure, he said. "There are no policies or administrator consoles," he said. "Those solutions also impose change on how customers manage their files, requiring them to manually put a file in a folder or on a cloud."
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