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Alternative to FTP – Taming 200 TBs of data with FileCloud and EMC Isilon cluster – Customer Case Study

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Neoscape Shares New Creative Worlds Better Thanks to FileCloud

‘Unlimited’ is how the Neoscape creative agency brands itself. A leader in design, graphic and content creation for the built environment, Neoscape has a portfolio of successful projects to make any competitor go green with envy. Output for the agency includes 3D graphic creation, photography, film and interactive applications. The ultimate goal? To help Neoscape clients and their audiences to experience worlds before their real-life creation. Founded in 1995, the agency continues to explore new techniques and technologies to enhance its productivity and customer satisfaction.

A Whole Universe of Data to Manage and Share

Each world created by Neoscape also generates a world of data. Design and film files can be very large, yet must be made easily accessible to clients for visualization and feedback. The company used an FTP server previously to handle the volumes involved. New cloud-based technologies caught the eye of Rauf Ismayilov, Neoscape’s IT Manager. He could see the attraction of extensible, scalable storage, and looked for the same advantages in a private cloud configuration. Ismayilov had already been a long term user of Tonido software. The quality of that experience prompted him to put FileCloud on the list, and then on the shortlist, of potential solutions for Neoscape.

Taming 200 Terabytes

As a permanent consideration, Ismayilov had to make sure that any new solution would be compatible with existing data assets. Neoscape uses an EMC Isilon cluster to manage 200 terabytes of data. The cluster gives the company a robust network-attached storage (NAS) platform with hardware, software, and accelerator nodes. Any file sharing and synchronization solution had to be compatible with it. FileCloud was immediately attractive because it could integrate in a snap, using existing file shares and giving users both access facility and security. Other options were much less palatable, involving replication of all of Neoscape’s data and significant extra investment in software and hardware. FileCloud on the other hand was ready to use ‘out-of-the-box’, without any additional IT resources required.

Neoscape Users Give FileCloud Two Thumbs-Up

Upon Ismayilov’s recommendation, Neoscape took the decision to use FileCloud. Installation went ahead with the software integrating directly with existing user access management. FileCloud replaced the FTP server and gave users the ability to directly access their files from any location. Both the Neoscape marketing team and project coordination department were ecstatic about the new solution. Communicating and sharing files with clients has become a breeze, especially for Neoscape employees traveling to client sites or conventions.

A New Era of File Share Speed, Security and Protection

FileCloud has many features to help Neoscape to streamline everyday operations and work even more closely with its clients. Large files can be sent as unique URL links and the sender can be automatically notified when the file in question has been downloaded. To ensure that all versions viewed by colleagues and clients remain as fresh as possible, a Neoscape user can also fix the lifetime of the link leading to the file. New file versions are made available in seconds with new links. Yet FileCloud also provides automatic versioning, backup and restore functionality to keep current and past files protected and organized.

Branding Possibilities are Also Part of the Package

Besides offering leading edge technology and superb performance and reliability, FileCloud also gives customers the possibility to use their own brand on a service they offer that is based on FileCloud. Creative agencies like Neoscape are well aware of the importance of branding. The Neoscape brand identity already pervades its work. With FileCloud, that brand identity can be stamped on the file sharing and synchronization offered to Neoscape clients too. Not only does this help position an agency as technically as well as graphically excellent, but it also reassures its clients that they are truly dealing with the agency they already know and trust.

Let FileCloud Help You Increase Your Productivity and Profitability Too

Ismayilov and Neoscape are delighted with their decision to use FileCloud. As the agency evolves to handle new challenges and wow new clients with its stunning creativity, FileCloud will be there to support it. The FileCloud software is and will always be leading edge, compatible with new technologies and offering the best in private cloud file sharing and synchronization. Highly affordable Pricing and a world-class customer service and support team enhance the FileCloud solution even further. In addition to key customer references in creation, media and advertising, FileCloud also has enthusiastic business users in many other domains. The finance, hospitality, technology, and utilities industries, as well as the public sector, are just some examples.

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Secure, Private Dropbox Alternative – Customer Case Study

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American Furniture Warehouse Handles Files Securely State to State with FileCloud

A major home design and furniture store shipping throughout the US, American Furniture Warehouse offers a huge range of furniture in its showrooms and online store. As the company says, whether customers are decorating one room or a hundred rooms, in traditional or contemporary styles, it has the solutions. Besides satisfying the consumer market, AFW also offers extended services to commercial customers. Hotels, assisted living and retirement communities are all handled by the company’s Commercial Contracts Division. Furniture shipping is available across the 48 continental states of America.

Contracts, Dockets and Workplace Discovery Analyses

AFW’s busy furniture sales activities also generate many documents. The latest product manuals and promotional information must always be available to sales staff. That means sending or connecting to 12 different locations in Colorado, and also to a further two Super-Center stores in Arizona. Order, sales and accounting reports need to be accessible to management on a secure and reliable basis. The company’s room planner software also generates layouts and plans for commercial customers. These records must be carefully stored, yet easy to access both during the workplace discovery analysis phase and throughout the rest of projects to supply large volumes of furniture.

FileCloud Sync and Share for Collaboration

Besides internal scheduling, organization and collaboration, AFW needs to share files with selected third parties. These are commercial customers who are fitting out their properties with office or lifestyle furniture. They need AFW’s information to complete their own planning and execution. FileCloud was a natural choice for AFW because it brought immediately usable file sharing and synchronization functionality. Furniture manufacturer information, budgets, deliveries and installation time line information could become supplied to all parties concerned, securely, conveniently and on a project-by-project basis. FileCloud’s mobile interface also made it a great choice for salespeople and project managers working on customer sites, as well as delivery and installation staff.

Good Reasons for AFW to Use the FileCloud Private Cloud Solution

A private cloud solution and FileCloud in particular made sense for American Furniture Warehouse for several reasons. With FileCloud, AFW could deploy security at the right level for each part of the business. The granularity of FileCloud’s security functionality makes it possible for AFW to precisely control access down to individual document level. This is a key feature for confidential internal reports and customer projects. Large furniture layout plans can be conveniently shared by sending a link instead of the document itself. Smart backup software integrated into FileCloud makes sure that data automatically stays safe. That makes it a big help for busy AFW staff and one less thing to worry about while making the business run smoothly.

The Best Choice out of All the Options

Naturally, AFW compared different possibilities for file sharing and synchronization. Public cloud solutions (Dropbox) and other on-premises software were also scrutinized. The previous solution, a well-known public cloud offering, lacked the control that the company wanted. Other on-site software provided some, but not all of the file sharing functionality that the company required. When it came to being able to securely keep data assets within the company and offer its users all the capabilities they needed, FileCloud was the winner. Here are the top 10 Reasons why FileCloud is a great private Dropbox alternative.

Cost-Effective and Easy to Work With

FileCloud reduces costs associated with public cloud solutions by up to 80 percent. Bringing the budget down to just one-fifth of previous expenditure is highly attractive to any customer. FileCloud also worked out of the box with AFW’s IT infrastructure. The company could keep its data on its existing file servers and continue to work with its user access management and permissions, just as before. FileCloud did not disrupt AFW operations, but enhanced them from the start.

FileCloud Accompanies AFW Operations and Growth

From its inception in 1975, American Furniture Warehouse has grown to a company with over 2,000 employees. FileCloud will keep pace with further growth in the company too. Eminently scalable, FileCloud works as well for a dozen users as for a million. It also continues to help system administrators manage easily with a host of automated and labor-saving functionality. As AFW takes on additional supply projects and opens new stores and Super-Centers, FileCloud will be there to support and facilitate these developments.

Whether your company is in the retail, finance, industrial or other sectors, you too could be getting the benefit of FileCloud today. Contact us now and start a 14-day trial free of charge of FileCloud on your own server

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Alternative to PowerFolder – Why FileCloud is better for Business File Sharing?

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FileCloud competes with PowerFolder for business in the Enterprise File Sync and Share space(EFSS). Before we get into the details, I believe an ideal EFSS system should work across all the popular desktop OSes (Windows, Mac and Linux) and offer native mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. In addition, the system should offer all the basics expected out of EFSS: Unlimited File Versioning, Remote Wipe, Audit Logs, Desktop Sync Client, Desktop Map Drive and User Management.

The feature comparisons are as follows:

Features sharefile
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration Beta Release
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Web DAV
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding Optional
SAML Integration Under Development Additional Integration
Anti-Virus
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
Multi-Tenancy Upgrade – Pay More
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Existing Network Share Support
Mobile Device Management Limited
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Mobile OS Compatibility iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android
Pricing for 50 users/ year $2199 $1950

From outside looking-in, the offerings all look similar. However, the approach to the solution is completely different in satisfying enterprises primary need of easy access to their files without compromising privacy, security and control. The fundamental areas of difference are as follows:

Feature benefits of FileCloud over PowerFolder

Embedded File Upload Website Form – FileCloud’s Embedded File Upload Website Form enables users to embed a small FileCloud interface onto any website, blog, social networking service, intranet, or any public URL that supports HTML embed code. Using the Embedded File Upload Website Form, you can easily allow file uploads to a specific folder within your account. This feature is similar to File Drop Box that allows your customers or associates to send any type of file without requiring them to log in or to create an account.

Document Quick Edit – FileCloud’s Quick Edit feature supports extensive edits of files such as Microsoft® Word, Excel®, Publisher®, Project® and PowerPoint® — right from your Desktop. It’s as simple as selecting a document to edit from FileCloud Web UI, edit the document using Microsoft Office, save and let FileCloud take care of other uninteresting details in the background such as uploading the new version to FileCloud, sync, send notifications, share updates etc.

Unified Device Management Console – FileCloud’s unified device management console provides simplified access to managing mobile devices enabled to access enterprise data, irrespective of whether the device is enterprise owned, employee owned, mobile platform or device type. Manage and control of thousands of iOS and Android, devices in FileCloud’s secure, browser-based dashboard. FileCloud’s administrator console is intuitive and requires no training or dedicated staff. FileCloud’s MDM works on any vendor’s network — even if the managed devices are on the road, at a café, or used at home.

Device Commands and Messaging – Ability to send on-demand messages to any device connecting to FileCloud, provides administrators a powerful tool to interact with the enterprise workforce. Any information on security threats or access violations can be easily conveyed to the mobile users. And, above all messages are without any SMS cost.

NTFS Shares Support – Many organizations use the NTFS permissions to manage and control the access permissions for internal file shares. It is very hard to duplicate the access permissions to other systems and keep it sync. FileCloud enables access to internal file shares via web and mobile while honoring the existing NTFS file permissions. This functionality is a great time saver for system administrators and provides a single point of management.

Network Shares Support – FileCloud’s network share feature satisfies enterprise requirement of user/group specific access to folders. And, as files are already shared via network shares, no need for additional setup or products to buy. Moreover, FileCloud provides Active Directory & LDAP support along with NTFS permission support restricting access to network folders to just authorized users.

Multi-Tenancy Support – The multi-tenancy feature allows Managed Service Providers(MSP) serve multiple customers using single instance of FileCloud. The key value proposition of FileCloud multi-tenant architecture is that while providing multi-tenancy the data separation among different tenants is also maintained . Moreover, every tenant has the flexibility for customized branding. MSPs who are interested in becoming FileCloud partners click here

Pricing

PowerFolder:

Enterprises need to buy add-on or upgrade to satisfy basic requirements of an EFSS solution. For a 50 user package, the cost adds up to around $1950.

FileCloud:

Enterprises get one simple solution with all features bundled. For the same 50 user package, with an all-inclusive rich feature set, the cost is $1799/year, better value than PowerFolder.

Conclusion

The reality is that every business out there small, medium or large has network shares already setup for their users. And, they have employees using their personal mobile devices to access enterprise data and network shares. Hence, it would be best for businesses to choose a solution that provides support for network share integration and mobile device management.

PowerFolder provides very limited network share integration and mobile device management. Moreover, some of the key features such as over the web document edit & branding needs an upgrade. On the other hand, FileCloud not only provides the ability to integrate into existing network shares, but also has a robust mobile device management solution built-in that will provide administrators tighter control on user access. Plus, all features are included in one simple price.

FileCloud is the least disruptive solution for any business that is looking for an on-premise EFSS solution.

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Secure, Cost-Effective Dropbox Alternative- Customer Case Study

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Rosewood Companies Share and Sync Data over Multiple Enterprises with FileCloud

Diversity and security are the business cornerstones of the Rosewood Companies. The different operational units in the group provide strength and stability to maximize assets and wealth. Each unit is professionally managed for optimal returns, while the spread of activities shields the group overall from sector-specific ups and downs. Together, they correspond to the values of the Caroline Hunt Trust Estate, for which the Rosewood Companies form a robust financial operating base. Proper information flows and access are crucial to maintain satisfactory levels of individual and overall performance

Making Information Available for Urban, Energy, Ranch and Wetland Managers

Activities in the Rosewood Companies cover institutional real estate, oil and gas exploration and production, startup and entrepreneurial investment, holistic cattle ranches and environmental conservation. Group information, policies, decisions and other files need to flow out to the individual business units, while management reports must also come back in the other direction. As an ecosystem in themselves, the Rosewood Companies depend on a suitable solution for holding, communicating and accessing the data vital to everyday operational success.

File Sharing Security for a Select Group

Security is a priority for Rosewood IT management when it comes to storing and transferring files. Recent breaches of data suffered by other organizations made it wary of certain public cloud service providers. The preference was for a robust in-house file sharing and synchronization product that would give the Rosewood Companies optimal protection. At the same time, the projected total base of 50 users for such an application meant that affordability was important. These different requirements also had to be met in a context in which managers would access confidential data outside company networks using mobile devices.

Evaluation and Budgeting Leads Rosewood Companies to FileCloud

During a trial period, the IT department was able to test the range of file sharing and synchronization functions offered by FileCloud as a private cloud solution. Security was found to be both flexible and robust, while the file backup, recovery and versioning functionality protected company files against both system malfunction and user errors. The IT department tried both Dropbox and OwnCloud and found the pricing to be expensive and above their budget. The favorable price point of FileCloud for a smaller number of users was also a hit. With FileCloud, the Rosewood Companies could start with a modest number of users and stay well within budget, yet benefit from the possibility to extend the user base practically without limit.

FileCloud Support is Also a Positive Decision Factor

FileCloud support was on hand to help the IT department achieve rapid and reliable set-up including pass-through user authentication. In the customer’s own words, “the support team was great”. FileCloud recognizes the importance of having both a great product and top-notch technical assistance, so that users can benefit from robust, high-performance file sharing and syncing as fast as possible. The IT department at Rosewood Companies is convinced of the merits of this combination and since the initial installation has already extended its license several times.

Ease of Use for All Profiles of Users

Rosewood business executives running key urban development projects in Dallas, managing a Gulf Coast refinery and helping natural wetlands to thrive need a file sharing solution without huge learning curves. The mobile client and web interfaces for FileCloud have been designed accordingly. They stay out of the way to let users get the data they need safely, intuitively and rapidly. The administrator interface ensures that application of appropriate security policies is simple and effective, with automatic alerts sent to IT staff in case of suspicious behavior.

Ready for the Future

Any new business units or activities in the Rosewood Companies group can immediately be integrated into the FileCloud installation. Growth of the licensed user base is smooth and highly affordable. FileCloud installations can accommodate millions of users if required, all with the same high security, reliability, performance and ease of use. Integration with existing access authorization systems make it easy to manage different levels of user privileges and extend file sharing to third parties while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality.

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Secure Media File Sharing for Media Production Companies – Customer Case Study

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Stronger Storytelling across Continents for Caviar Group Thanks to FileCloud

With offices in Brussels, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Prague, the Caviar Group provides top quality content to the entertainment industry. Comedic or dramatic but always captivating, Caviar is constantly sharing data between locations on different continents. The group has around 100 full-time employees and works with hundreds of other top-notch freelancers. The ‘big concept’ in Caviar is storytelling: the creation of compelling characters with immersive and provocative material that makes audiences laugh, cry and call out for more. In an increasingly digital world, that means being able to rapidly and easily move data files backwards and forwards as stories unfold and content is finalized.

Big Data Files and Proper User Access

Graphics and audio-visual media files are typically bigger than text files by an order of magnitude – or more. That means high volume file access that cannot be handled by ordinary email. TV and Internet commercials, tele-fiction and documentaries, and complete movies need a robust application that is purpose-built for the job of large-size file sharing, synchronizing, backup and versioning, all with appropriate levels of user access and security. Only this kind of approach can let a visionary company like Caviar stay at the cutting edge of cross-cultural content creation.

Direct Integration of FileCloud with Caviar’s Active Directory

The Caviar Group already had user access authorization in place with Active Directory NTFS permissions. Ideally, the file sharing and synchronization solution they were looking for would integrate directly into the existing structure without the need to implement an additional or proprietary system. FileCloud immediately scored points because of its compatibility with the Caviar security infrastructure. In fact, FileCloud integrates with all existing authorization systems. If Caviar chose a different security solution in the future, the compatibility of FileCloud would still be assured.

Intuitive, Customizable and Controllable

Additional ‘hot buttons’ for Caviar were the ease of use and the possibilities to adjust the user interface. Working with freelancers means an unknown range of technical awareness or capabilities. Caviar wanted to be sure its new file sharing solution could handle the lowest common technical denominator among end-users, while still giving IT staff a powerful, comprehensive set of administrative tools. The company made a thorough analysis of on-premise file sharing applications from different vendors. The conclusion was inescapable. In the words of Filip Herman, Group ICT Manager for Caviar Group, FileCloud was “by far the best on-premise file sharing solution.”

Upwardly Mobile Users

As Caviar develops after its foundation in 2006, adding branches such as Caviar Digital to integrate its movie-making with the world of digital communication, mobile access to files becomes increasingly important. Whether on Android or iOS devices, employees and collaborators expect to be able to work together with high efficiency and no fuss. Being able to simply send a file-link to a correspondent instead of having to transfer the high-volume file itself is a huge productivity gain for all departments in Caviar, including content creation, sales, marketing and administration. The ability to easily brand FileCloud is also a way for Caviar to establish its identity and the right level of confidence with new freelancers too.

Versioning and Time Travel with FileCloud Too

The last version made of a comedic viral or television drama is not necessarily the one that is finally chosen. Artistic creation means testing new avenues and directions while accepting that some may work while others do not. FileCloud helps the process with extensive file versioning to let users keep preceding versions of files that they can also easily consult and restore. All the information stays organized and protected. Caviar IT staff can adjust access permissions down to file level too to ensure that creative gems stay safe.

Looking Ahead

Filip Herman is indeed happy about the FileCloud implementation – “FileCloud has provided us a way to securely share our data between all of our offices.” He also knows that as technologies and markets progress, FileCloud will continue to innovate and lead as the solution of choice for CME (communications, media and entertainment) and for any industry that needs high quality, highly affordable file sharing and synchronization.

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File Sharing Solution for Real Estate Development Companies – Customer Case Study

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Continental Real Estate Companies Build Even Better with FileCloud as a Base

As a nationwide developer of construction projects, Continental Real Estate looks after real estate developments from start to finish. The company manages acquisitions, construction, leasing and sales in a results-focused life cycle approach. Lifestyle, grocery-anchored shopping centers, power, student housing, offices, hotels and theatres are just some of the different real estate environments in which it operates. Continental is proof that paying attention to location, location and location – ‘the three most important things in real estate’ – is the way to property project success. However, efficient, reliable file sharing and syncing also plays a key role in its achievements

From Opportunity to Results with Development Teams and Partners

As a multidisciplinary development company, Continental works with partners who share their standards of quality and aspirations for results. Windows of opportunities need to be managed and exploited correctly. A developer may work with many partners at different steps of each project, including architects, urban planners, surveyors, engineers, contractors, inspectors, leasing agents and others. Bringing together the right people and resources is the start. Progress then depends on being able to get information to those who need it, when they need it.

The Need to Access Building Documentation and Data

Each development team needs to have timely access to up to date files to make sure that the multi-million dollar developments come in on time and on budget. The list of documents is long and varied: site surveys and maps, plans, layouts, building code information, bid invitations and proposals, status reports, change orders, certificates of completion and invoices are just some examples. Many files such as design documents are too voluminous to attach to emails. In addition, for reasons of uniformity and confidentiality, many documents should only be made available under secure conditions that prevent information being casually transferred from one email inbox to another.

Finding the Right File Sharing/Synchronization Solution

To meet these needs, Continental wanted a file sharing and synchronization solution for both its internal needs and its information exchanges with third parties. The goal was a cloud-like solution that also gave the company the right levels and flexibility of security and control. David Donahoe, IT Support Manager for Continental, began looking for a suitable software product at an affordable price. FileCloud was one candidate, but so were other software products. File sharing features and functionalities were compared one by one to filter out the applications that failed to satisfy and home in on the few that remained.

FileCloud is the Perfect Fit for Continental

Out of the different applications and cloud-based services on offer, FileCloud was the winner. The software began by positively differentiating itself during the evaluation period through its intuitive use and adaptable administration settings. Trials then proved FileCloud brought together all the functionality and usability that were important to Continental in a way that competitors could not match. As Donahoe now says, “FileCloud fits our needs perfectly.”

Security and Mobility for On-Site Project Workers

Thanks to the mobile client and web interfaces of FileCloud, Continental can keep project teams well-documented whether they are in the office or out on site. At the same time, the company has the assurance of robust security features designed into the application. It can monitor downloads of data, set user permissions and be automatically alerted in case of any suspicious behavior. If smartphones or tablets are lost or stolen, or simply if a partner ceases to be a member of the development team, the FileCloud remote wipe capability lets Continental remotely remove its company data from devices concerned.

Using FileCloud for Your Own Enterprise

Whether you want a private cloud solution for internal file sharing only or you need to manage document access for third parties too, FileCloud has the functionality for you in each case. With cost-efficiency and features that outstrip other vendors, you also get the flexibility to grow your user base from just tens up to millions. Integration with your existing access control systems, automatic file versioning, and full file backup and recovery facilities are all part of the solution. Audit, activity logs and connected device inventories are also immediately accessible for data compliance needs.

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On-Premise Alternative for Box and Dropbox – Salvation Army Case Study

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ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church dedicated to serving the poor, destitute, distressed, and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. It has a presence in more than 100 countries, the largest of which is the United States where it has a presence in 5,000 communities.
The organization also provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid in times of crisis.

It operates homeless shelters; provides outreach services to the elderly or ill; offers financial assistance; helps to rebuild homes and boats; and provides clothing and domestic items to those in need.

CHALLENGES

The Salvation Army has 110,000 employees worldwide (66,000 in the U.S.). Domestically, the organization operates rehabilitation programs, homeless hostels, general hospitals, maternity hospitals, specialist hospitals, addiction programs, children’s homes, homes for the elderly, and mother and baby homes. Because of its wide range of initiatives, both foreign and domestic, Salvation Army employees generate a vast amount of information.

The challenge facing the Salvation Army’s IT department was to find a way for employees to access files from the internal network from mobile devices, and share them outside office users.

THE SOLUTION

With FileCloud by Tonido, Salvation Army employees are now able to share links, large files, and folders with users who need instant access.

The Salvation Army selected FileCloud because it provides secure access to internal network files, and controls including audit logs. Prior to committing to the FileCloud solution, the Salvation Army reviewed Box, DropBox, and Copy.

We selected FileCloud because it integrated easily with the existing environment, and it is easy to setup and manage

said Jin Chong of the Salvation Army.

BENEFITS OF FILECLOUD

The key reasons the Salvation Army selected FileCloud included: local and on-premise storage; fully functional free trial; active development; no modules or plugins needed for core functions; a price point that fit within the company’s budget; personal and friendly support; and response during the presale and post sale process.

  • Secure Access for employees within the organization’s network for data integrity;
  • File Sync and Endpoint backup in one solution;
  • Data backup ensuring protection of company intellectual content;
  • Version control so that all documents and stored data is accurate and current;
  • Keep control of data within the corporate cloud versus outsourced cloud data center management;
  • File Cloud customers save over savings of over 70 percent against competitor solutions

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America’s Fastest Growing Advertising Agency, HY Connect Chooses FileCloud – Customer Case Study

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As a fast-growing advertising agency in America, HY Connect already knows about the key roles of links and communications. “We’re in the connection business” is how the firm sums up its own role. It works with its clients to ‘connect’ them with their target audiences at the right time and in the right place. From offices in Chicago and Milwaukee in the United States, HY Connect employees work with their client counterparts to provide a comprehensive range of advertising and related services. Information in electronic file format is exchanged continually between the advertising agency and the advertisers as projects are initiated, developed, revised and launched.

High Volume Information Exchange

Businesses are increasingly being driven by information, but many of them have a long way to go to catch up with HY Connect. The kinds of high volume data flows between HY Connect and client-side Chief Marketing Officers and their teams include:

  • Digital creations for mobile and web development, design and brand identity
  • Video and other mixed media content production
  • Database marketing files, market research data and analytics, web analytics, data analysis and modeling
  • Public relations, social media content, events and trade show planning and design

The Need for Excellent File Sharing and Synchronization

With these high levels of data transfer and exchange, HY Connect wanted to put in place a solution for file sharing and synchronization that would serve both its employees and clients. That meant that web access was mandatory. However, the system also had to remain under the control and within the security perimeter of HY Connect. The company already used Active Directory from Microsoft for authorizing user access. It wanted to continue down this road with as little upheaval as possible. Finally, a privately controlled solution would also let HY Connect better manage storage costs – an important factor, given the large sizes of graphics and video files to be shared and synchronized.

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HY Connect Chooses FileCloud for the Best Features-Price Ratio and Support

FileCloud brought HY Connect everything they wanted above, and more. Ed Sindic, Information Technology Manager for HT Connect in Milwaukee, explains that although he looked at alternatives including FileLocker, OwnCloud and Dropbox Business, FileCloud remained the solution of choice in all areas. Employees can now easily send large files as a unique URL link, be notified when a colleague or client has downloaded a file, and even specify how long the link is to be active. The automatic versioning, backup and recovery facilities in FileCloud keep files organized and protected. And on top of all that, experiencing FileCloud’s legendary support at first hand gave Sindic and HY Connect even more confidence that they were picking the right technology partner.

Robust Security is a Snap Too while Branding Provides Extra Confidence

FileCloud has provided instant anywhere file access for HY Connect from day one. There were no organizational changes to be made, no data to be moved and no permissions to be reconfigured. Interworking with HY Connect’s existing permissions NTFS in its Active Directory installation was immediate. Now the company can use shared permission-based folders and efficiently manage secure access for both employees and customers. Ed Sindic also points to the possibility to brand FileCloud as a big plus. External clients seeing the HY Connect logo on the service when they connected knew right away they were dealing with a company they trusted.

Let FileCloud Help You Get Ahead in Business Today

Smart advertising agencies are often demanding customers themselves. They expect the same high levels of professionalism and results from their vendors as the ones they offer to their own clients. HY Connect’s selection of FileCloud is therefore doubly gratifying. But satisfied, productive FileCloud users exist in many other industry sectors too, including banking, power utilities, national government, technology, hospitality and not for profit associations. FileCloud’s winning combination of ease of integration and use, with robust security and comprehensive administration functions is directly aligned with business needs. Advantageous and highly affordable pricing makes the whole FileCloud solution even better.

Europe Hotels Private Collection Finds FileCloud is the Best across the Board

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EHPC (Europe Hotels Private Collection) is an upcoming independent hotel management company, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The firm distinguishes itself from others in the same category by the unique destinations and hotel experiences it offers guests. Several of its lifestyle and boutique hotels are located in the Amsterdam city center. However, its network of managed establishments also extends as far as Antwerp in the neighboring country of Belgium. With additional new hotel and restaurant development projects also underway, EHPC relies on good communication and collaboration between all members of its staff, no matter which location they are working in.

Essential Hotel Management Information Flows

Information on EHPC’s management actions and processes needs to be provided to managers, employees and the hotel owners themselves to keep everybody properly informed. Bringing business partners and suppliers into the circle of communications is a priority too to optimize professional relationships and project progress. Documents and files to be shared and synchronized include:

  • Statistics and status bulletins for daily management and administration
  • Sales and revenue reports from the different hotels and for EHPC as a whole
  • Accounting and purchasing records, including interim and yearly financial statements
  • Employee records, staff training manuals, hotel procedures, policies and processes
  • Marketing and promotional plans including past and future revisions
  • Project and business plans for development of the collection of hotels to be managed

Standardization, Quality, Functionality and Ease of Use

With distributed operations expanding from its Amsterdam headquarters, EHPC could see that suitable file sharing and synchronization was going to be essential. The individual charm and variety of its hotels was a key marketing differentiator. However, to optimize internal efficiency, in-house exchanges needed to be done using a common platform. In addition to this, EHPC’s objectives were to keep its information on its own file servers rather than in a cloud-based database; and to ensure that the solution chosen would scale easily as new projects came into operation. Ease of use for both tech-savvy and non-technical personnel, proprietors and partners was a further priority.

File Sharing or Remote Access?

EHPC already had experience of a file sharing solution using the public cloud service provider Dropbox. The drawback was that EHPC’s data would have had to live in the cloud. So EHPC defined a goal: to find another provider that was as good or better, but offering private file sharing using EHPC’s servers and at a lower cost. The firm also looked at remote access technology from Microsoft as a means of working remotely with files and data. However, this solution with its centralized management still did not give EHPC the easy file sharing and synchronization it wanted both locally and centrally.

Helping EHPC to Expand Into Europe

EHPC is now making full use of FileCloud to make authorized access to its files available from internet enabled devices and independently of physical location. An immediate benefit is that the firm can now securely share documents with partners and suppliers directly from its file servers, which eliminates any concerns about document ownership. As managers and hotel workers move around, from hotel to hotel or even country to country, they can continue to work with files available from the central servers. The previous solution of attaching documents to emails, often cumbersome and sometimes impossible, has been replaced by one that is significantly more productive. And as a further bonus, FileCloud also offers EHPC an excellent price-performance ratio, making its robust, high-performance functionality very affordable.

Businesses Do Better with FileCloud

As EHPC expands to bring new hotels and their owners into its group and as the number of employees increases, FileCloud will keep up too. The FileCloud solution can be used from tens of users to millions, each user benefitting from the same excellence in files sharing and synchronization functionality, performance and reliability. Other businesses will also appreciate the smart, easy to use tools built into FileCloud from the start. Examples are automatic file backup and versioning, and the ability for administrators to erase data remotely from mobile computing devices in the event of loss or theft of the device. The comprehensive functionality in FileCloud already helps many companies today to run their operations more efficiently and satisfy their own customers better.

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FileCloud Helps Indian Government Ministers to an E-Cabinet First – Customer Case Study

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Introduction

The days of hardcopy files and papers at government meetings in India may be numbered. Thanks to FileCloud, the government of the state of Andhra Pradesh (over 49 million inhabitants) now holds paperless cabinet sessions. Ministers use iPads and FileCloud to securely share and synchronize files between each other. Meeting agendas are sent out electronically beforehand and the minutes of the meeting made available the same way afterwards. The current Andhra Pradesh cabinet, which recently completed its first hundred days in office, became the first out of the 29 different states in India to move to this e-cabinet mode of working.

A National E-Governance Vision for India

FileCloud was selected to be part of a nationwide initiative headed by NISG (the National Institute for Smart Government). This not-for-profit company was incorporated in 2002 by the Government of India and NASSCOM (the National Association of Software and Services Companies). The mission of NISG is to be a center of excellence in e-governance. By combining both public and private sector strengths, it is now helping India to become more competitive in the global economy. One of the main promoters of NISG is the Government of Andhra Pradesh. While being known as ‘The Rice Bowl of India’ (it is the largest producer of rice in the country), Andhra Pradesh is at the same time a driving force in technology and innovation. Also home to India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center, the state is now making the NISG e-governance vision a reality.

How Andhra Pradesh Uses FileCloud?

FileCloud provides the Andhra Pradesh cabinet with two crucial capabilities: a self-hosted, self-managed private cloud environment and secure access to data through multiple devices. The flexibility of FileCloud means that ministers can use desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablet computers such as iPads and Android-based devices. Mobile access is available too and documents can be stored, shared and synchronized between office and mobile devices. Initially, access has been provided for 30 users. The performance and capacity of FileCloud allows for considerably more if required. Cabinet e-security is ensured by a four-digit PIN for accessing the cabinet application from a user’s device, server password protection and administration functions to remotely erase data if devices are lost or stolen.

Cabinet Ministers Take to the New System

The new-style e-cabinet meetings have been successful from the start. Besides the essential aspects of efficiency and security, the FileCloud cabinet application is also user-friendly. Cabinet ministers find the app easy to use on the iPads they now use when in session with simple, effective touch-screen operation. File and data access is direct, a welcome change from thumbing through paper versions of the same documents. Confidentiality is also enhanced. Where earlier hardcopy versions of documents were vulnerable to unauthorized viewing or removal, the electronic versions are password-protected. They can also be limited to specific users when necessary. At the same time, decision-making processes are streamlined, thanks to the range of synchronization and sharing possibilities.

Spreading E-Governance

By offering a cost-effective, secure and highly functional private cloud solution, FileCloud enables public sector organizations to make the most of technology without compromising confidentiality. Administrators can retain tight control over who accesses data and how. This is a significant advantage of FileCloud compared to other commercially available online data storage services. A state government can easily and safely run its own separate cloud environments for e-cabinet working and other departmental requirements. Andhra Pradesh has become the example to follow in terms of the practical advantages and simplicity of paperless public sector working. Now the opportunity exists for other government entities to follow suit.

How FileCloud Can Help You Today?

Whether your organization is in government or business, FileCloud is also available to you for your own private cloud storage, synchronization and sharing solution. You can deploy for groups of users from a few dozen to millions, all with FileCloud’s secure, productive, cost-effective file sharing and synchronization. Built-in functions let administrators set file permission levels and safeguard data privacy. Automatic file versioning, backup and recovery facilities further enhance the user experience, while straightforward integration means that FileCloud fits in with existing application and access control systems. Contact FileCloud today to find out more and to try FileCloud for free on your own server for 14 days.

 

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