November 10, 2015   |   by Brian W Levine

Navigating the choppy waters of Europe’s data protection

Navigating the choppy waters of Europe’s data protection requirements can be a daunting task for any global enterprise. The good news for Syncplicity customers is that it’s business as usual. Nothing has changed for our customers since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the Safe Harbor framework.  Syncplicity has always provided enterprises with policy-driven hybrid-cloud storage, allowing data to reside in any region of choice. In fact, our flexible architecture allows global enterprises to conduct business based on their corporate requirements as well as government regulations.

In addition to our market-leading hybrid-cloud solution, today we are announcing Syncplicity’s European Cloud Orchestration to give customers even more visibility and control of their critical data. Syncplicity also includes Model Clauses in its Cloud Services Agreements, providing a legal framework to uphold the fundamental privacy rights and safeguards of the European Union.

European Cloud Orchestration
Data sovereignty concerns are not new and Syncplicity has continually seen strong adoption by European enterprises wanting to leverage private regional clouds for their sensitive data.

Syncplicity European Cloud Orchestration expands on our privacy and security advantages by ensuring that no personal information or file meta-data is stored or processed outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). With this architectural enhancement, enterprises will be able to address data transfer concerns by ensuring that data created in Europe stays in Europe.  

European Cloud Storage 
Organizations already have the ability deploy on-premise storage in their region of choice. To further our commitment to global organizations, Syncplicity will now add a cloud storage option, managed by Syncplicity, in Europe.  Administrators will be able to easily select the storage region , without additional configuration or set up.

Many enterprise customers are already leveraging the hybrid cloud for increased visibility and control of their data. This option provides a seamless user experience while employing multiple storage architectures behind the scenes, such as public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise storage.

Model Clause
The Syncplicity Data Protection Agreement also incorporates the European Commissions’ Model Contracts for the transfer of personal data to third countries. With the inclusion of Model Clauses, our customers remain in compliance when transferring personal data from the EU/EEA.

While other EFSS solutions claim to provide privacy and confidentiality, Syncplicity continues to deliver advanced features that enable global enterprises to meet regional data protection regulations. In fact, Syncplicity offers the industry’s most flexible and robust architecture for ensuring data privacy and security. Starting today Model Clauses are available to all of our customers, and the European Cloud Orchestration and European Cloud Storage options will be coming in 2016.

For more details on how Syncplicity helps global enterprises comply with European data protection regulations, join Syncplicity on Nov 18th for a 30 minute webinar.


October 14, 2015   |   by Brian W Levine

Questions to Ask Your Cloud Service Providers after Safe Harbor Ruling

While many SaaS businesses are scrambling to respond to the latest decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), at Syncplicity it is business as usual for customers that wish to store data locally, in their region of choice. In case you missed it, on October 6, 2015, the ECJ issued a ruling, which invalidates the long-standing US Safe Harbor framework, which allowed companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the US. 

While the latest ruling does not make data transfer from the EU to US illegal, it creates uncertainty for companies working with US cloud providers that do not provide European cloud storage options. 

The good news for Syncplicity customers is that it is business as usual. Syncplicity has always provided enterprises with a policy-driven Hybrid cloud, which enables organizations to determine which data is stored in a public cloud, which data is stored in a private cloud, and under which national sovereignty that data should remain. By choosing the physical geography of their Syncplicity StorageVault, customers that store personal information may avoid the concerns of transatlantic data transfer. 

Organizations looking to leverage the cloud should ask the following questions when selecting an Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) or Cloud Content Management solution. 

•    Does the provider offer a choice of storage location? Most SaaS providers do not offer a choice of where the data should physically reside. Syncplicity does not believe in a one-size fits all approach. Multi-nationals and State agencies need the flexibility to retain data in the region of their choice. Syncplicity’s policy-driven Hybrid cloud solves the challenge by allowing customers to use the right storage location based on the end-users’ personal characteristics such as business role or nationality.  

•    Are files stored in a public, multi-tenant cloud or in a private, single-tenant cloud? While some vendors are scrambling to react and planning to offer cloud storage in European data-centers, it is clear that their customers’ data will be collocated and compute resources will be shared with many other parties. Syncplicity’s Hybrid StorageVault allows maximum visibility and control by providing a private, single-tenant cloud to host sensitive datasets.  

•    Does the cloud vendors’ security model scale to the size of your business? Storage choice is irrelevant if your provider’s access control rules follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Syncplicity’s group-based policies provide the flexibility to set more secure rules on sensitive business groups such as the C-Suite and Engineering, while allowing a more open sharing model for customer-facing Sales and Marketing teams.  

•    Is the vendors’ cloud the single source of truth for authentication and authorization? While all cloud service providers offer single-sign-on (SSO), Syncplicity’s StorageVault Authentication adds a unique, secondary control to verify the end-user’s identity. Which means if the integrity of the cloud authentication is somehow compromised, your private data is still secure and cannot be accessed by a privileged insider or government agency. 

Our many European customers have been down this decision path in anticipation of the latest Safe Harbor ruling. In addition to these controls, customers have reviewed our standards for handling personal data and performed their own in-depth security analysis on our systems.  

We continue to work closely with our customers’ Legal and Privacy teams throughout Europe to determine what additional capabilities we can provide to best meet their legal requirements. We are confident we will continue to lead the industry in 2016 with our cloud architecture and the choice provided by our Hybrid Cloud. 

October 5, 2015   |   by Nina Seth

Join us at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is taking place this week. Come visit us in Orlando, FL October 4-8th to see how Syncplicity is Empowering Your Workforce in a Digital Age. Securely! 

We’ve designed a consumer-like user experience that delights users and enhances user adoption, provides frictionless collaboration so users can securely send content to colleagues, vendors, partners, and others without a hitch, and finally offers a policy-driven hybrid cloud for maximum flexibility.

Customer Sessions:

Monday October 5th from 3:30 PM  – 4:15 PM.
Syncplicity is very excited to announce a special session with Danny Miller, System Chief Information Security Officer at Texas A&M University System.   Danny will describe the process that Texas A&M University went through to evaluate, plan, deploy, and roll-out Syncplicity file sync and share.

Wednesday, October 7th from 10:30 – 11:15 AM.

Syncplicity is very excited to announce a special session with Josh Feliciano, Infrastructure Enterprise Architect at McGraw Hill Financial.  Josh will discuss how their enterprise-wide file sync and share deployment not only increased user productivity, but also the ensured data security.

Stop by booth #11 at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.  Our experts are here at booth #11 to answer all your questions about collaboration, hybrid cloud, and more.

To learn more about Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, click here. 

July 28, 2015

Syncplicity – Leader In Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Sync and Share

Today, we are excited to announce that we have once again been named as a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing for the ability to execute and the completeness of vision.  This recognition, on top of our rapidly growing customer adoption, validates our strategy to deliver a robust hybrid cloud enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution through significant and consistent investments.

Since being named a leader by Gartner last year, we have accelerated the delivery of rich features, extended our strong policy controls and security to protect even more corporate data, and created intuitive user experiences that drive greater productivity. We also launched a world-class customer success team to make sure our customers were getting value day one from Syncplicity.  In the process, we have substantially increased customer adoption and engagement.

With the recent spin-off from EMC, and as an independent company, we continue to be laser-focused on developing solutions that create immersive user experiences, which deliver easy and secure access to vital information wherever it resides in the organization.   We are also doubling-down on our investments across the organization to extend our position as a market leading hybrid cloud file sync and share solution for enterprises across the globe.

Syncplicity and our customers have redefined EFSS excellence and we are proud to have been recognized two years in a row.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

July 6, 2015   |   by Nina Seth

Empower Your Marketing Team with Syncplicity

Today’s marketing teams are agile as ever.   They are collaborating in real-time with colleagues in the next cube and across the world, sharing sensitive product and creative briefs with agencies far and wide, and juggling more projects than ever.

In this fast paced world, having the right tools in place to collaborate, access, share, and sync content across devices helps organizations stay ahead of the game and beat the competition.

Syncplicity for Marketing delivers key capabilities that every marketing team needs. 

  • Collaborate seamlessly with the right contributors— from the product manager one desk over, to your contact at the PR agency or your video producer.
  • Securely share files of any size (e.g. video files, larger PowerPoints, and graphics), with team members in your organization as well as partners and vendors outside your firewall.
  • Provide tradeshow and conference attendees with up-to-date presentations, show schedules, and datasheets.
  • Keep the sales team on the same page by pushing the latest collateral to them with real-time file synchronization across devices. 
  • Securely share sensitive communications, and know who views them and when.

For more details on how Syncplicity can help your marketing team, check out Syncplicity’s Marketing Solution Brief and attend our upcoming webinar.

July 1, 2015

Happy 4th of July

As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day here in the US by firing up the BBQ, watching fireworks with friends and family, and enjoying another nice warm summer day, the one thing that we can all do is, declare our independence from our desktops and laptops to work anywhere our independent spirit takes us.

Syncplicity gives executives, marketers, sales teams, engineers, field operations, and finance guys and gals the inalienable freedom to securely access, create, edit, sync, and share content from their mobile devices…. while still protecting enterprise files.

With Syncplicity, we bestow upon our fellow workers secure collaboration, syncing, and sharing.  No matter where you are, we give you:

  • Freedom from VPN
  • Freedom from your laptop and desktop
  • Freedom from file size restrictions
  • Freedom from being tethered to your office
  • Freedom from unsecured consumer applications
  • Freedom from cloud-only solutions
  • Freedom to access any folder and not just a single magic folder
  • Freedom to securely create and edit content on your mobile device

Declare your independence this Independence Day with Syncplicity!

June 23, 2015

To Work or Not to Work…..

The dog days of summer are coming upon us.  The kids are on summer break. Families are piling into SUVs and mini-vans for beach and camping trips, and flying to exotic locations far and wide. 

As you pack your suitcases, your SLRs, and sunscreen to enjoy a blissful summer break, remember to take time to relax and re-charge. Vacations are not only good for the soul but actually enhance productivity.

While we here at Syncplicity certainly want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sites and sounds of paradise, if there is an emergency at work, the one thing you shouldn’t worry about is how you’ll securely access and share your content.

  • If you need to access your files, use an enterprise class file sharing solution that gives you anytime, anywhere, any device access to your content.  We know you won’t be carrying your laptop on that parasailing excursion.
  • If you need to update content or sign a contract, use an app with a built-in editor that makes it easy to modify files, while preventing data leakage to 3rd party apps.
  • If you need to send files to your colleagues or an external recipient, send files via password protected secure links so others can’t access those proprietary files. And if you add rights management, you can even claw back content you accidently send to the wrong person…..while you’re zip-lining across the jungle.

Syncplicity enterprise file sync and share enables users to stay productive on-the-go without compromising security.  So make sure you and your files stay safe this summer.

June 16, 2015

Syncplicity Announces User Provisioning APIs & Developer Portal

Syncplicity is excited to announce the release of user-provisioning APIs and its new Developer Portal.  Our new user-provisioning APIs help enterprises rapidly bring more data under management and subsequently deliver greater protection and control. These APIs simplify and automate user/group provisioning and policy configurations. 

To make it easy for in-house developers to integrate their processes with Syncplicity, our developer portal provides interactive documentation allowing users to create and test applications. Our developer portal also provides sample apps for developers to quickly get started.

To learn more about Syncplicity APIs, visit the new Syncplicity developer portal.

June 16, 2015

Expanding the Data Protection Envelop with MDM Integration and APIs

One of the main pillars of Syncplicity’s enterprise file sync and share solution is data protection. We continue to push data protection by developing new capabilities and by expanding our ecosystem of partners to ensure that enterprise users have the ability to seamlessly and securely protect more and more of their content across all of their devices – mobile, web, and desktop.

To further enhance data protection on mobile devices, we are proud to announce partnerships with leading EMM vendors – AirWatch and MobileIron.

Syncplicity is joining the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE), an open-standards approach to building management and security features into enterprise apps. ACE standards make it possible for app developers to create a single app version that is compatible across EMM systems.  Organizations will be able to leverage AirWatch’s EMM solution to provision the Syncplicity app, configure policy controls, and manage app life cycles. This will be available to our customers towards the end of June.

Syncplicity is also partnering with leading EMM vendor MobileIron to deliver management and security capabilities with the introduction of the Syncplicity App for MobileIron. With a single management console, IT organizations can provision apps securely, configure and enforce policy controls, manage app life cycles, and containerize corporate apps to protect business data.  The Syncplicity mobile app for MobileIron is part of the AppConnect ecosystem that enables enterprises to have greater mobile security.  

Syncplicity’s new user-provisioning APIs help customers rapidly bring more data under management and consequently deliver greater protection and control. The new APIs enable organizations to simplify and automate user/group provisioning, and policy configurations.  To make it easy for in-house developers to integrate their processes with Syncplicity, our developer portal provides interactive documentation allowing users to create and test applications. Our developer portal also provides sample apps for developers to quickly get started.

Syncplicity's multi-folder sync allows users to turn any folder on their desktop into a sync folder ensuring real-time data protection. And today, that protection is further expanded with Silent On-boarding.  IT can now ensure that users’ special folders (Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Music, and Pictures) and custom folders (e.g. Product Releases, Price Sheets, Presentations) are always synchronized, without any user involvement.  With Silent On-boarding, organizations have the ability to protect the content that matters to them the most.

These new releases demonstrate our continued commitment to deliver strong enterprise-class security and data protection features that organizations demand today.  The enterprises that rely on Syncplicity for file synchronization and collaboration not only need robust security features such as native rights management, flexible hybrid cloud deployment, group-based policies, secure shared links, but also support for MDMs, APIs to quickly on-board and off-board users, and Silent On-boarding to support real-time backup use cases. 

May 27, 2015

Expanding the Data Protection Envelope

Syncplicity is excited to announce the general availability of the Syncplicity Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and Silent On-boarding for desktop clients to help organizations expand their data protection envelope.

With business users sharing more and more content with internal and external collaborators and with so many file-sharing options to choose from, protecting enterprise content can be a challenge for IT.

The Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook enables users to send any size file or folder from Microsoft Outlook, without changing the way they work.  Users simply “attach” content from their desktop or even their Syncplicity cloud, and recipients receive files as a secure link.  With its ease of use, users don’t need to move content into consumer applications to share.  

The Syncplicity Add-in for Outlook enhances data protection in a few ways. 

1.    Files are delivered to recipients as a secure link and fully track-able
2.    Senders can require recipients to authenticate to retrieve files 
3.    Senders can require password protection for files
4.    IT can set file exclusion policies – prevent users from sending .PST files or any sensitive files.
5.    The solution respects existing rights management policies, ensuring IT maintains control of digital content no matter where it ends up.


But Syncplicity’s goal to expand the data protection envelope doesn’t stop there.  We are excited to release Silent On-boarding, which enables organizations to deploy desktop clients without any user involvement, ensuring real-time protection of files across a user’s devices.

Once enabled, enterprises don’t need to rely on end-users to install the desktop client, go through a first time setup, and select folders to sync.   Right from the intuitive Admin Console, Administrators have the ability to enable Silent On-boarding of Syncplicity desktop clients and keep the following steps hidden from users:

a.    Entering computer name and selecting a default Syncplicity folder location
b.    Selecting special folders for backup (Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Music, and Pictures)
c.    Selecting folders from Syncplicity to sync to users computer
d.    Tutorial screens

With the desktop client automatically configured for users, organizations have the ability to take more files under their control, thus ensuring data security and compliance. 

With Syncplicity file sync and share, productivity and data protection continue to go hand in hand.  As we deliver new capabilities that expand the data protection envelope, we continue to provide end-users with a gold-standard user experience.

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