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Announcing FileCloud 15 – Team Folders, Enterprise Search and Facebook Style Notifications to Make Organization Wide File Sharing Easy

The function of good software is to make the complex appear simple – Grady Booch, Creator of Unified Modeling Language (UML)

We are super thrilled to announce the launch of FileCloud 15.  It is a monumental release with big bang feature sets. With FileCloud 15, we have completely reimagined every aspect of the document sharing process. We have fine-tuned the user experience and functional architecture in every step of our design process to make organization wide file sharing simple, intuitive, and secure. Contrary to public perception that a system can’t have both a strong data security and an uncomplicated design, FileCloud 15 has introduced team folders, which offer simple file sharing yet with ironclad security.

Our Team Folder implementation is the best in the industry for organization wide file sharing. You don’t need to take our word for it. Please register for a free trial and check it out for yourself.

FileCloud 15 also boasts a powerful enterprise search, Facebook style notifications, completely redesigned user dashboard, @mention support, new outlook and sync app, mass deployment support, share analytics, and php7 support.

Here is the summary of major capabilities offered by FileCloud 15.

Team Folders Support – Organization wide file sharing made easy

A collaborative team environment and powerful knowledge sharing tools are important for building effective teams in an organization. FileCloud’s Team Folders make knowledge sharing seamless by offering collaborative folders that organizations can use to share and manage documents among team members easily.

Team Folders can be shared with everyone in the organization or with a sub set of people grouped by function or any other criteria (Ex: Marketing, Finance, Head office). Team Folders can automatically sync content across team members’ devices. Further, Team folders can be shared beyond organization boundaries and be extended to vendors, partners, and customers.

Many of our competitors in the EFSS market use waterfall permissions model in their Team Folder Implementation i.e. Team members have the same permission level in sub folders as they do in the top level folders. This kind of rigid sharing model doesn’t fit the majority of enterprise’s information sharing needs and increases data leak risks. On the contrary, FileCloud’s Team Folder system offers a granular sharing model for folders and subfolders i.e. Administrators can limit team member access to any sub folder independent of top level folder permissions.

The objectives of FileCloud’s Team Folders system:

Centralized Content Management: Instead of creating multiple individual file shares among users, Team Folders facilitate organizing files and folders in a centralized place.
Easy Provisioning of Users, Files, and Folders: Provision new users quickly with access to specific files and folders through team folders. Similarly, grant immediate access to new files for all relevant users by uploading the file to the right team folder.
Granular Control of Folders: Team Folders and their sub folders can be given granular permissions for users with Read, Write, Share and Sync access.
Manage Selective Sync: Admins can select specific team folders and enable or disable sync permissions on an easy to use user interface.
You can read more about How to use FileCloud Team folders for organization wide file sharing in our admin documentation.

Enterprise File Search – A single text box to rule them all

The ultimate goal of any enterprise information management system is to make it easy for users to find their content. We have delivered that goal with our new powerful enterprise file search. When enabled, FileCloud Search ingests and indexes every piece of content irrespective of where the content is stored (Managed Storage, Network Shares, and S3). With FileCloud 15, users don’t need to navigate the directories to find the content. They can just simply type what they are looking for and FileCloud Search will find the relevant documents in a matter of seconds.

FileCloud Enterprise Search is the big first step in our journey to build the industry’s most powerful, intelligent, context aware enterprise search system that will make content discovery dead simple for end users. Please see FileCloud Enterprise Search in action below,

Brand new user dashboard  – Access relevant files at your fingertips

FileCloud 15’s completely redesigned user dashboard makes sure all the relevant files are just one single click away for users. Using the new dashboard, users can create shortcuts for frequently used folders. The dashboard also presents the recently accessed files and the recent activities for quick access.

 

Facebook style notifications on user and system activity

Facebook style notification is a powerful UI design pattern to present contextual information. This UI design pattern helps end users to grasp the changes happening in their network quickly. With FileCloud 15, we have implemented a similar notifications design that allows users to quickly glance and grasp what is happening in their files, shares, and the FileCloud system.

Share Analytics –  Share Activity, Number of activities and Last Access time

FileCloud 15 brings powerful share analytics and insights for end users. Now users can see their popular files, last access time, and number of views and downloads at one place. This new functionality is great for sales organizations, startups, marketing, and legal departments. Further, share activity gives detailed information on Who did What action, When, How, and from Where (location).

Brand New Outlook Add-in

FileCloud Outlook Add-in is widely used by our customers. With FileCloud 15, we have further improved the capabilities of FileCloud Outlook Add-in. Now the Add-in offers the same advanced sharing options as our web interface. Users will now be able to decide between public and private shares, set password, share name, share permissions, expiry date, and much more. For more details, please check the FileCloud Add-in information presented in our admin documentation.

 

Web Browser upload progress bar improvements

FileCloud 15 brings a new browser upload widget that shows the upload progress and remaining files in queue. Ability to look at progress is great when uploading multiple files or a large file. See below new upload widget in action.

Speedup Network Folders  with NTFS permissions – Turbocharge your access speed

One of the unique selling propositions (USP) of FileCloud is that it enables access to existing file shares while enforcing the NTFS permissions in place. Many of our enterprise customers utilize this functionality and share files directly from their existing file shares. With FileCloud 15, we are speeding up the access performance 3-5 times especially in large file shares with thousands to 100K files. Please go to Settings –>Network Shares and “Enable Caching for NTFS Permissions”. Memcache is a prerequisite to enable this functionality.

Updated Sync app with new management UI

With FileCloud 15, we have refreshed the UI of the FileCloud sync client, and made several product improvements and bug fixes. The new sync client enables users to navigate different configuration options, activity logs, and settings screen easily.

Mass Deployment Default Configuration Support for Sync, Drive and Outlook Add on

Mass deployment support is one of the popular requests from our bigger customers. FileCloud 15’s mass deployment support helps enterprises in rolling out FileCloud desktop clients across enterprises easily. With this current release, Administrators can set default configuration values (Server URL, user profile, http proxy info, and etc.) for FileCloud desktop clients across the enterprise.

For more details on mass deployment support and default config values please refer to our administrator guide.

Seeding functionality for quick loading of files into Managed Storage from Local and S3

In recent times, many customers are moving from Box and Egnyte to FileCloud. To make these file migration tasks easier, FileCloud 15 now supports importing files (Pre-seeding) to user accounts and team folders. This will also help onboarding users easily in large enterprise deployments where user home folders and file servers are used for file sharing. To find more information on how to pre-seed files please refer to our admin documentation here.

Support for PHP 7.0, Ubuntu 16.04, New MongoDB Driver

FileCloud 15 brings support for php 7.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 to deliver better performance and increased security. It also requires a new MongoDB driver to function.

NOTE 1: UPGRADING FROM AN OLDER FILECLOUD VERSION– Unlike our previous updates, FileCloud 15.0 is not available through the Admin portal and upgrading requires some additional steps. Please follow the upgrade instructions provided in this link.

Integrated FileCloud Windows Installer with Content Search, Document Preview and Helper

We are also releasing a new windows installer for FileCloud Server. The installer now includes installation of content search, document preview and FileCloud NTFS helper modules.  With the new installer, it will take less than 10 minutes to completely install FileCloud server on Windows servers.

Apart from the major features listed above, FileCloud 15 offers tons of significant product improvements, bug fixes, and enhancements. Please find the complete FileCloud 15 release notes here.

FileCloud 15 is a big step in our vision to build the world’s most powerful, unified file services platform that organizes enterprise data, enhances collaboration and productivity while providing iron clad data protection. We are happy with what we have delivered. We hope you will like it too!

 

Dropbox Business price increase in 2017 – Why FileCloud Online can be a powerful alternative?

As IPO pressures mount, Dropbox has resorted to the familiar tactics to shore up their revenue – increase the price substantially and pray customers will not notice. In some scenarios, the price has gone up by 75% (fr0m 12.50$ to 20$). The long time customers who put their faith in Dropbox are getting the short end of the stick.  You can find disappointed Dropbox customers are venting over the new price increase  in dropbox forums and in spiceworks. It seems like Dropbox has also dramatically rearranged their feature set and removed features from their base plans.

Here is the summary of Dropbox Business pricing plans (Based on Annual Pricing)

Standard – $12.50/per user/ per month

  • 2 terabytes total storage cap.
  • 120-day history cap.
  • NON-HIPAA compliant servers.
  • Team folder.
  • Admin console (many features of current base plan are removed).

Advanced – $20/per user/per month

  • Unlimited storage.
  • Advanced admin controls.
  • SSO.
  • HIPAA compliant.
  • Tiered-admins (still no separate one for billing only).
  • Device approvals.
  • Audit logs.
  • Business hours only support.

Enterprise – $56/per user/per month (Oops!)

  • Unlimited storage.
  • Basic EMM support.
  • Domain insights and account control (turn off personal accounts at work).
  • 24/7 support,
  • Account manager, developer + training help.

Typically companies tend to grandfather pricing for their long term customers and don’t take the features out that are available already to a new plan. It seems like Dropbox has dropped the ball on this one. Fortunately the Enterprise File Sharing and Sync market is a very competitive one and customer has many choices to choose from.  There is no need for IT managers and CIOs to accept dropbox’s skyrocketing pricing and deal with the uncertainty.

FileCloud Online is one such powerful alternative for Dropbox Business. FileCloud is currently used by 1000+ enterprises across 90 countries from SMBs to Fortune 500 companies . It powers organizations like NASA, US Army ERDC, Sanderson Farms, Stewart Title, D.R.Horton and many others. FileCloud is IT industry’s most versatile  enterprise file sharing and sync platform and in many metrics it is the fastest growing player in the market. Recently, FileCloud is Honored as a 2017 Coolest Cloud Software Vendor by CRN.

For 100 users, FileCloud Online can save you  14000$ over Dropbox Business.  FileCloud Online comes with free, unlimited client accounts. If your company has small employee base and work with lot of external partners and customers. This features itself can save a ton of money for your organization. In addition, FileCloud comes with a lot of enterprise features like branding, endpoint backup, workflows and admin reports which are not offered by Dropbox business. The following table offers the features and pricing comparison between FileCloud Online and Dropbox Business.

Dropbox Business vs FileCloud Online – Features and Pricing Comparison

Features FileCloud Online  Dropbox Business 
Enterprise File Sync and Share
Single Sign-On Integration (SSO)
Audit Logs
Role Based Administration
Endpoint Backup
Takeout guarantee – export files anytime
Branding – domain, login page, emails, logos, ToS
Free unlimited vendors and partner accounts
Automated Workflows and Admin Reports
Advanced training for end users and admins Upgrade
Mobile Device Management Upgrade
Pricing for 100 users/ year $9600 $24000

If you are  currently looking for a powerful dropbox business alternative, please try FileCloud Online. It will take less than 10 minutes of your time and you may end up saving thousands of dollars. If you have any questions or need technical assistance please feel free to contact us at support@codelathe.com.

 

Types of Controls to Manage Your Business Data in an EFSS

EFSS Data Controls

In 2015, there were 38% more security incidents than 2014, and an average cost per stolen record – containing sensitive and confidential data – of $154 (the healthcare industry payed the most, at $363 per record). Worse still, even when 52% of IT professionals felt that a successful cyber-attack against their network would take place in the year, only 29% of SMBs (fewer than 2014), used standard tools like patching and configuration to prevent these attacks.

The consequences of poor data security and data breaches in the cloud cannot be overstated. A look at these statistics shows the effect of data insecurity and data breaches in the cloud are a road that no business wants to take. All the aforementioned statistics show the lack of control of data in the cloud, so we will first look at who controls data in the cloud, followed by how to manage business data in an EFSS.

Who controls data in the Cloud?

It is clear that your IT department does not know who controls data in the cloud, as revealed by participants of a Perspecsys survey on data control in the cloud. According to the results, 48% of IT professionals don’t trust that cloud providers will protect their data, and 57% are not certain of where sensitive data is stored in the cloud.

This issue is also closely tied to data ownership. Once data ownership changes, then we expect a change in the level of control users have on their data . To quote Dan Gray on the concept of data ownership: “Ownership is dependent on the nature of data, and where it was created”. Data created by a user before uploading to the cloud may be subjected to copyright laws, while data created in the cloud changes the whole concept of data ownership. It is no wonder that there is confusion on this matter.

Despite challenges such as half or no control of data stored in the cloud, there exist techniques that we can use to control business data in an EFSS, consequently preventing unauthorized access and security breaches.

Types of data control for business data in an EFSS

 

Input validation controls

Validation control is important because it ensures that all data fed into a system or application is accurate, complete and reasonable. One essential area of validation control is supplier assessment. For example, is a supplier well equipped to meet a client’s expectations? With regards to controls to ascertain data integrity, security and compliance with industry regulations as well as client policies. This activity is best carried out using an offsite audit in the form of questionnaires. By determining the supplier system life-cycle processes, your team can decide if the EFSS vendor is worthy of further consideration or not. Additionally, the questionnaire serves as a basis to decide whether an on-site assessment will be carried out, based on the risk assessment. If carried out, the scope of an onsite audit will be dependent on the type of service an EFSS vendor provides.

Service level agreements should also be assessed and analyzed to define expectations of both an EFSS vendor and user. Usually, this is also done to ensure that the service rendered is in line with industry regulations. Additionally, we must ensure that an EFSS provider includes the following in the service level agreement.

  • Security
  • Backup and recovery
  • Incident management
  • Incident reporting
  • Testing
  • Quality of service rendered
  • Qualified personnel
  • Alert and escalation procedures
  • Clear documentation on data ownership as well as vendor and client responsibilities
  • Expectations with regards to performance monitoring

Processing controls

Processing control ensures that data is completely and accurately processed in an application, via regular monitoring of models and looking at system results when processing. If this is not done, small changes in equipment caused by age or damage will result in a bad model, which will be reflected as wrong control moves for the process.

Include backup and recovery controls

Processing control ensures that data is completely and accurately processed in an application, via regular monitoring of models as well as looking at system results when processing. If this is not done, small changes in equipment caused by age or damage will result in a bad model, which will be reflected as wrong control moves for the process.

Identity and access management

Usually, Identity and Access Management (IAM) allows cloud administrators to authorize personnel who can take action on specific resources, giving cloud users control and visibility required to manage cloud resources. Although this seems simple, advancement in technology has complicated the process of authentication, authorization and access control in the cloud.

In previous years, IAM was easier to handle because employees had to log into one desktop computer in the office to access any information in the internet. Currently, Microsoft’s Active Directory and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) are insufficient IAM tools. User access and control has to be extended from desktop computers to personal mobile devices, posing a challenge to IT. For example, as stated in a Forrester Research report, personal tablets and mobile devices are being used in 65% of organizations, as 30% of employees provision their own software on these devices for use at work, without IT’s approval. It is no wonder that Gartner predicted in 2013 that Identity and Access Management in the cloud would be one of the sought-after services in cloud-based models, in just 2 years.

With this understanding, it is important to create effective IAM without losing control of internally provisioned resources and applications. By using threat-aware identity and access management capabilities, it should be clear who is doing what, what their role is and what they are trying to access.  Additionally, user identities, including external identities, must be tied to back-end directories, and sign-on capabilities must be single because multiple passwords tend to lead to insecure password management practices.

Conclusion

Simple assurance by an EFSS vendor that you have control of business data in the cloud is not enough. There are certain techniques that should be employed to make sure that you have a significant level of data control. As discussed, ensure that you have an effective identity and access management system, have processing and validation controls as well as business data backup and recovery options in place. Other important controls that we have not discussed include file controls, data destruction controls and change management controls.

Author:Davis Porter

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FileCloud v13.0 Launch: “It Takes a Village”

It takes a village to raise a child.

This famous African proverb also applies to software development. To develop great software, organizations need a team of talented developers who work with passion. The development team must work alongside UX designers with a great eye for detail, an outstanding quality assurance team, a product management team that has a fanatical focus on delivering real value, and, most of all, a loyal customer base with whom the software team can collaborate. Innovation and cutting edge products are not developed in a vacuum. It takes constant iteration, refinement, and on-going discussion with customers that provide valuable insight.

With FileCloud v13.0, customers are able to see how the various iterations of our solution have come together. We have worked with many of the largest (and smallest) organizations in the world and listened to their changing needs. The collaboration makes us especially proud of our latest release.

 

FileCloud v13 Launch

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our team for their incredible hard work, and to our outstanding customers for their feedback and support.

Industry’s First Robust Ransomware Protection

Ransomware is probably the number one security threat faced by enterprises today. It is a specific type of malware that encrypts valuable digital files and removes originals forcing the enterprise to pay to get the key. The victims of ransomware range from hospitals, schools, state and local governments, police departments and small to large businesses. According to computer security firm Malwarebytes, nearly 40 percent of all businesses experienced a malware attack since 2015.

Public SaaS products such as Dropbox, Office 365, and Google Drive are particularly vulnerable. Public SaaS also provide an attack vectors into end user computers by spoofing email messages and deliver the malware payload.

With FileCloud 13, we are launching the industry’s first file content heuristic engine for EFSS to find and protect your enterprise files from ransomware attacks. It is a remarkable engineering feat, and we are very proud of the real value it can bring to your enterprise data protection. More than ever, your files need it.

FileCloud v13 is the only EFSS solution in the marketplace that has built-in powerful ransomware protection. With the combination of file content heuristic engine, unlimited file versioning and custom email templates/ UI branding we employ a multi-thronged approach to combat the ransomware threat.

You can read more about FileCloud content heuristic engine, and how it protects your files from ransomware here.

Powerful Workflow Automation

With FileCloud v13, we are launching workflow automation on top of FileCloud platform. Using FileCloud workflow customers can automate critical business processes in their organization, and can make better information-driven decisions to ensure maximum productivity. Customers can setup simple conditions, which are triggered by operations in FileCloud v13 such as when a file is created, or when a file is updated. A variety of actions (i.e. send email, block a device, and archive a file) can be set to run when the condition is triggered.

FileCloud v13 workflow automation

The workflow follows a simple IFTTT (“IF CONDITION” – “THEN ACTION”) model. Some of the possible workflows are,

  1. Archive (Move/Copy) files if they are not accessed for x number of dates.
  2. Send an alert to admin if our content heuristic engine identifies a file MIME mismatch.
  3. Disable a user if he has not accessed FileCloud for x number of dates.
  4. Notify users if a file is updated or a comment is added to file or folder.

You can read about FileCloud’s Workflow automation capabilities here.

Granular Folder Permissions

Setting up a folder share with appropriate security permissions for a group of users is one of the most challenging tasks in managing enterprise information. Many enterprise file share and sync solutions do not address this important requirement adequately.

granular folder permissions

With FileCloud v13, we bring versatile, granular folder permissions to mimic any kind of file share, and permissions hierarchy. Different organizations have different security needs when it comes to securing group folder shares. FileCloud granular folder permission model allows organizations to manage access permissions at any folder and subfolder level. Administrators can ensure appropriate level of access for every user, by assigning individual folder level permissions. FileCloud’s granular folder permission model mirrors the NTFS file permissions model used by many enterprise admins. You can read more about FileCloud granular folder permissions here.

Versatile File Storage Connectors

Our goal is to make FileCloud an one stop destination to manage (connect, aggregate/index, protect and present) all your unstructured data independent of where it is stored (network shares, cloud storage services like S3, Google Drive, SharePoint or other Enterprise Content Management platforms). With FileCloud v13, we are launching a file storage connector for Amazon s3. We will be adding more File storage connectors for SharePoint and other ECM products in the future FileCloud releases. You can read about amazon s3 based network folders here.

File Connector

Desktop SSO

We have provided SAML based single sign-on for web browser access in FileCloud but many large enterprises, research organizations and federal institutions that deal with highly sensitive data expect single sign on for desktop apps as well (FileCloud Sync and FileCloud Drive). With FileCloud v13, we are supporting SAML based Desktop SSO using a device authentication code. You can read more about FileCloud Desktop SSO support here.

filecloud desktop SSO

 

File Browser App

File Browser App

 

With FileCloud v13, we are launching a native File Browser as part of our sync client to remotely browse the cloud space. It supports the following operations: upload folders and files, drag/drop files, create folders, quick edit, locking/unlocking and other functions that you typically see in a remote WebDAV or FTP client.  File Browser app doesn’t store files offline and take any storage space on the local computer. It solves a critical pain point for many customers who want to sync only a subset of files locally but still want the ability to quickly access all the files on the server when needed. For more info, please check here.

Other Major Features

FileCloud v13 also comes with the following major features:

  • Password protected shares – Now you can protect your public shares with passwords
  • Show thumbnail previews for Word, Powerpoint, Excel and PDF documents
  • New chrome browser extensions – Save to FileCloud and FileCloud for Gmail.

We have also made performance improvements to our sync, drive clients, numerous UI improvements, bug fixes and security updates. You can find the complete release notes here.

FileCloud Future Roadmap

Every great software needs a worthy problem

We live in an Information age where the real competitive advantage of a company centers on the how efficient it can manage the information it owns. Whether you are a small business with 10 employees or an enterprise with thousands of employees, the growth in the amount of unstructured data is staggering.  IDC and EMC project that data will grow to 40 zettabytes by 2020, resulting in a 50-fold growth from the beginning of 2010. According to Computerworld, unstructured information will account for more than 70-to-80 percent of all data in organizations.  It doesn’t matter whether you are an information company or a manufacturing company, success will depend, in large part, on how well the organizations protect, and share information.

growth in unstructured data

That’s the problem we want solve better than everyone else.

What to expect from us in future?

We are just getting started! So far with FileCloud we have built a basic foundation to sync, share, and backup your enterprise files. The reality is that the EFSS market is a much smaller subset of the total enterprise information management market space. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that the right person has access to the right content at the right time from the right place.

To achieve our ultimate goal, we will be focusing on the following items in our roadmap:

  1. Storage connectors to ECM (SharePoint and others) and other cloud storage products (Dropbox, Google Drive). Increasingly enterprise content is stored on a variety of services and applications. We want to provide one simple interface for accessing all of your data while making it easy for system admins to manage and protect the data stored in these different services.
  2. File/Share analytics: Users are creating and storing unstructured content more than ever, with data volumes increasing by nearly 40% per year. To protect and manage this data first one needs to understand what data they have (Data Inventory & Data Awareness). We will be offering detailed file and share analytics across all your storage targets.
  3. Data intelligence: We will be looking at machine learning to classify (tagging) documents and improve our search capabilities across all your storage targets. We want to unearth and surface relevant content when and where you need it.
  4. Improve UX: We will be improving the end user experience across all our endpoint apps (especially mobile) and the web.

Collaboration and conversation around documents: We will bring web editing/collaboration of documents using Microsoft Office Online and Libre Office cloud suite. Further, we will be augmenting our comments interface to support conversation around documents. This will make the document review process so efficient that “to and from” email will be obsolete.

About FileCloud

FileCloud continues to grow and we are working to hire the best for our engineering, tech support and QA teams. Our organization guarantees that you will always get the support you need from us to be successful in your business.

Currently, FileCloud is used by Fortune 500 companies; Global 2000 firms; city, state and federal institutions; world-class universities; and renowned science and research organizations such as NASA. FileCloud is deployed in over 90 countries. We also work with more than 100 VARs and managed service providers across the world.

 

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

FileCloud vs eFolder Anchor

FileCloud competes with eFolder Anchor 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 eFolder Anchor
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Web DAV
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
Anti-Virus
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
Multi-Tenancy
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 20 users/ year $999 Not Available

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 eFolder Anchor

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.

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprise wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides enterprise with flexibility to switch storage but also make switch very easily.

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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

Based on our experience, enterprises that look for an EFSS solution want two main things. One, easy integration to their existing storage system without any disruption to access permissions or network home folders. Two, ability to easily expand integration into highly available storage systems such as OpenStack or Amazon S3.

eFolder Anchor neither provides OpenStack/Amazon S3 storage integration support nor NTFS share support. On the other hand, FileCloud provides easy integration support into Amazon S3/OpenStack and honors NTFS permissions on local storage.

With FileCloud, enterprises get a simple & straight forward pricing of $999 for 20 users per year.

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

FileCloud vs Autotask Soonr

FileCloud competes with Autotask Soonr 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 FileCloud Soonr
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Web DAV
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
Anti-Virus
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
Multi-Tenancy
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android Windows Phone
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 20 users/ year $999 $7188

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 Soonr

SAML – FileCloud supports SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) based web browser Single Sign On (SSO) service that provides full control over the authorization and authentication of hosted user accounts that can access FileCloud Web based interface. FileCloud acts as a Service Provider (SP) and connects with the identity provider (IdP) for authentication. FileCloud SAML SSO service is based on SAML v2.0 specifications. Further, FileCloud also supports ADFS (Active Directory Federation Service) and third party identity providers like Okta for Single Sign-on.

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.

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprise wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides enterprise with flexibility to switch storage but also make switch very easily.

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.

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.

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.

Customization & Branding – FileCloud can be customized extensively to reflect their brand. Some of the customizations include Logos, Labels, Email Templates, UI Messages and Terms Of service. However, Accellion’s kiteworks customization is very limited to header images displayed on the login and registration pages.

Conclusion

Based on our experience, enterprises that look for an EFSS solution want 3 main things. One, easy integration to their existing storage system without any disruption to access permissions or network home folders. Two, ability to easily expand integration into highly available storage systems such as OpenStack or Amazon S3. Three, ability to truly customize their self-hosted EFSS solution with their company branding.

Soonr neither provides OpenStack/Amazon S3 storage integration support nor NTFS share support. On the other hand, FileCloud provides easy integration support into Amazon S3/OpenStack and honors NTFS permissions on local storage.

With FileCloud, enterprises get one simple & true enterprise solution with all features bundled. For the same 20 user package, the cost is $999/year, almost 1/7th of Soonr.

Here’s a comprehensive comparison that shows why FileCloud stands out as the best EFSS solution.

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Self-Hosted Enterprise File Sharing Platform FileCloud 12.0 Brings Branch Office File Sharing for Businesses

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 26, 2016 – CodeLathe, a leading provider of Enterprise File Sharing and Sync platform, announced today the immediate availability of FileCloud 12.0. The new release is, by far, the most innovative and feature rich version of the IT industry’s leading file sharing and sync solution.

“When it comes providing solutions to companies to ensure that they have secure, fast and reliable access to organization data via web, desktop, and mobile, FileCloud 12.0 resets the bar for the entire industry,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of Codelathe. “When we founded the company we made a commitment to our customers to continue to innovate and provide solutions that are several generations ahead of our competition. With FileCloud 12.0 we are providing our customers and prospects with the absolute best enterprise file sharing and sync software.”

FileCloud 12.0 distinguishes itself from competitors with FileCloud ServerLink, the industry’s first remote office and branch office feature that addresses latency, and high availability requirements between sites that are situated across broad geographic locations.

As an example of how FileCloud ServerLink can be used, imagine a large multinational company that has numerous offices in multiple countries. The company frequently experiences unacceptable data download speeds when trying to access files. Delays between information query and delivery significantly impacts productivity. To solve the problem, organizations deploy FileCloud ServerLink to their branch offices to dramatically improve access speed to data, reduce latency and get faster access to files irrespective of physical geography.

FileCloud ServerLink can also be deployed as Hybrid Cloud utilizing both on-premise as well as cloud infrastructure. For example, an organization might want a FileCloud site locally on the LAN for fast local access and a remote site on the cloud (AWS, Azure or Google Cloud) for remote file access. In this case the local FileCloud site can be connected by ServerLink to the remote FileCloud site on the cloud to keep data replicated.

FileCloud 12.0 also provides users with full text search. Now, users can search for files by content contained within documents that have the following popular file extensions: txt, pdf, doc, docx, xlsx, ppt, and pptx. The text search is supported on both managed and network shares.

Another benefit for Microsoft Office users is the new FileCloud add-on for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Now Office users will be able to open, edit, and save files to FileCloud directly from the application on a PC.

More highlights of the FileCloud 12.0:

Mobile Offline sync to iOS devices – Users can sync folders (one or two-way) directly from the FileCloud server. This is a significant benefit to users who work in disparate job sites and need to update their iPads without benefit of an internet connection. Mobile Offline will be available for Android devices soon.

Mobile 2FA Support – Beginning with FileCloud 12.0, CodeLathe will support the Google Authenticator two factor authentication.

Faster access to network shares by NTFS file permissions – FileCloud 12.0 will seamlessly improve the access performance of existing network shares and NTFS file permissions.

For complete list of new features please check the release notes.

FileCloud 12.0 starts at US$999/year for 20 users. Pay-as-you-go service provider licensing (SPLA) starts at US$2500 for IT service providers.

FileCloud is available through 108 partners in 55 countries around the globe. FileCloud customers include the world’s leading space agency, five of the top 500 legal firms, the largest title insurance company, the US’s leading home builder, and the third largest poultry producer.

For more information or to try FileCloud, please visit www.getfilecloud.com.

Launching FileCloud 12 – Branch Office File Sharing, Full Text Search, Mobile Offline Sync and much more …

We are  happy to announce that FileCloud 12.0 is now available for general availability. Like a chocolate box, FileCloud 12 brings pleasant surprises for every one of our customers and target market segments. It is probably one of the best releases delivered by our engineering team. We have addressed hard engineering problems in the following areas: remote branch office file sharing, full text search and mobile offline sync.

It is our goal to deliver a truly innovative EFSS solution that addresses practical pain points in managing and sharing enterprise information. With FileCloud 12.0, we have taken a great leap forward to achieve that goal.

Here is the summary of major capabilities offered by FileCloud 12.

FileCloud ServerLink – Remote Office and Branch Office File Sharing

FileCloud ServerLink is an industry first, true remote office and branch office solution that addresses the latency and high availability requirements of organizations that have sites across countries and remote locations. ServerLink is a FileCloud add-on that seamlessly replicates one FileCloud site to another site in different location.

FileCloud ServerLink, Branch Office Access

Following are some of the practical scenarios where ServerLink can help greatly in sharing organization information,

  1. Companies in the construction sector often have sites in remote locations. Using ServerLink, they can replicate the files from HQ to local job sites to avoid latency and give faster access to employees who work in remote locations.
  2. Multinational companies and organizations who have offices in different countries and continents can deploy ServerLink to their branch office to reduce latency and get faster access to files.
  3. Oil and Gas companies typically deal with large data files and have job sites in remote locations. They can benefit greatly from deploying ServerLink to their job sites.
  4. Media firms with offices across countries can deploy ServerLink in each of their branch offices to get faster access to large media files.

The above mentioned scenarios are just a tip of the iceberg. Every market segment can get a true value addition by deploying ServerLink.  ServerLink is currently a Beta functionality and will be priced separately from FileCloud.

ServerLink-Branch Office File Sharing

Full Text Content Search

FileCloud 12.0 brings full text search to our customers. Now customers can search files not only based on  file name, extension and also based on the content inside the document. Full text search is supported both on managed and network shares. The content search is supported for the following file formats: txt, pdf, doc, docx, xlsx, ppt and pptx.  In the future releases, we will further augment the file search capabilities to support data leak prevention, e-discovery and federated search capabilities.

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Office add-in for Word, Excel and Powerpoint

We are launching a new FileCloud office add-in that will enable users to open/edit/save files to FileCloud server directly from Microsoft word, powerpoint and excel apps on a PC. Now users can work directly from their favorite office apps and save the files to FileCloud. Moving forward, we continue to provide first class integration with Microsoft Office productivity suite on both desktop and mobile.

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Mobile Offline Sync

FileCloud 12 brings mobile offline sync to iOS devices. Now users can sync folders (two way or one way) directly from the FileCloud server. It is great for users who work in remote job sites or traveling sales people who can update the documents in their iPads without requiring an internet connection. Mobile Offline sync will also come to Android devices in near future

Mobile_Offline_Sync

Mobile 2FA support (Google Authenticator)

With FileCloud 12.0 onwards, we also support Google Authenticator app for two factor authentication. One can download the Google Authenticator  mobile applications from respective app stores. The user will be required to setup the Google Authenticator once and then subsequently will need to provide the code generated by the Google Authenticator app inorder to login.

FileCloud 2FA Google Authenticator

FileCloud 12 also brings 2FA support to FileCloud admin accounts.

Faster access to Network shares protected by NTFS file permissions

One of the unique selling proposition of FileCloud is that it supports your existing network shares and NTFS file permissions seamlessly.  With FileCloud 12, we have further improved the access performance of listing network shares with large number of files. This will require the updating of web server components. When it comes to enabling web, desktop and mobile access to your network shares we can confidently say FileCloud is the best solution out in the market.

Further FileCloud brings hundreds of features, incremental improvements and bug fixes. For the complete list of new improvements please check the FileCloud 12 release notes here.

FileCloud is currently used by thousands of organizations across 55 countries including world’s leading space agency, 5 of top 500 legal firms, largest title insurance company, Americas leading home builder to the third largest poultry producer. We are incredibly thankful to our customers who have a complete faith and trust in our offerings.

Innovation never stops and it is a continuous process. Our strategy  is to out innovate our competitors and lead the Enterprise File Sharing and Sync market segment.  We promise our customers that we will hyper focus our efforts  in creating the best, innovative Enterprise File Sharing and Sync Solution in the market.

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

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FileCloud competes with WatchDox 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 WatchDox
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Web DAV
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
Anti-Virus
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
Multi-Tenancy
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support Buy Additional Product
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 20 users/ year $999 $3600

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 WatchDox

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.

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprise wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides enterprise with flexibility to switch storage but also make switch very easily.

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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

Based on our experience, enterprises that look for an EFSS solution want two main things. One, easy integration to their existing storage system without any disruption to access permissions or network home folders. Two, ability to easily expand integration into highly available storage systems such as OpenStack or Amazon S3.

WatchDox neither provides OpenStack/Amazon S3 storage integration support nor NTFS share support. On the other hand, FileCloud provides easy integration support into Amazon S3/OpenStack and honors NTFS permissions on local storage.

With FileCloud, enterprises get one simple solution with all features bundled. For the same 20 user package, the cost is $999/year, almost 1/4th of WatchDox.

Here’s a comprehensive comparison that shows why FileCloud stands out as the best EFSS solution.

Try FileCloud For Free & Receive 5% Discount

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

VaronisDatanywhereVsFileCloud

FileCloud competes with Varonis Datanywhere 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. Let’s look how FileCloud is a better Alternative to Varonis Datanywhere for business file sharing.

The feature comparisons are as follows:

Features Varonis Datanywhere
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Web DAV
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
Anti-Virus
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
Multi-Tenancy
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 750 users/ year ~$19249 ~$39000

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 Varonis Dataanywhere

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.

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.

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.

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprise wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides enterprise with flexibility to switch storage but also make switch very easily.

SAMLFileCloud supports SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) based web browser Single Sign On (SSO) service that provides full control over the authorization and authentication of hosted user accounts that can access FileCloud Web based interface.

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.

Endpoint Backup: FileCloud provides ability to backup user data from any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux to FileCloud. Users can schedule a backup and FileCloud automatically backs up the selected folders on the scheduled time.

Conclusion

Its a no-brainer. FileCloud hands down beats Varonis Datanywhere in feature set and value at 1/2 the price.

Here’s a comprehensive comparison that shows why FileCloud stands out as the best EFSS solution.

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