Averail Rolls Out Secure Access For Mobile Devices

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Averail, a two-year-old San Jose, Calif.-based company, has announced general availability of its first product.

Averail Access is a SaaS-based mobile content security solution designed for secure mobile access to business content accessible through SharePoint, Office 365 or Dropbox. Targeting large enterprises, the offering also delivers extensive support for content controls and policy settings, and refrains from duplicating content outside of IT-managed systems, thereby eliminating the need for redundant storage to support mobile employees.

"We connect directly to the source repositories, whether those repositories are behind the firewall, or in the cloud," said CEO Marc Olesen. "We can federate access to multiple repositories regardless of where those repositories are stored. This occurs directly with the corporate assets and we do not store any of the content ourselves, and our controls can be set by user, by device and by document."

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From a security standpoint, Averail Access provides 256-bit AES, enterprise-class encryption on the mobile device. Users can edit, manage, search and share business content on mobile devices, and can switch between online and offline modes.

"Much of that content right now is being blocked," said Olesen. "About 65 percent of companies are blocking access to their content from mobile devices because IT just does not have that level of comfort with the security of mobile devices. But employees are finding ways to connect, nonetheless, frequently by sending the content to their personal email account, or by moving it to cloud-based repositories on their own. This compromises corporate governance and enterprise security, which causes major problems, especially in regulated industries."

The company is currently recruiting channel partners who target customers with large teams of mobile users, and verticals with strict corporate governance or regulatory requirements. At this point, the solution is only compatible with the iPad environment, though additional support for other platforms is already being planned.

"There are multiple opportunities for us to work with partners because we really sit at the intersection of security, mobility and content," said Olesen. "We are looking for partners to compete in these three areas. We do have a channel program, but at this point in our development, we are mostly functioning in a 'sell-with' mode."

The offering is being marketed under a subscription model, with immediate availability based on $10 per user per month, list price.


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