November 25, 2013   |   by Syncplicity by Axway Team

Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults Deliver File Sync and Share Storage Control

On November 5th, we announced new features that mark the most significant release in Syncplicity by Axway’s history.

Today, Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults, is generally available.  StorageVaults give enterprise IT departments utilizing Syncplicity by Axway Enterprise Edition flexible, policy-based, control over where their file data is stored within the Syncplicity by Axway service.  All content is not created equal, and different departments have different storage needs. With StorageVaults, content can now be stored in a hybrid cloud consisting of off-premise public cloud storage or on-premise based storage arrays based on user, group, and folder policy.

  • Choose the storage solution that meets your needs. StorageVaults can be created using EMC Isilon scale-out NAS, EMC Atmos object storage, EMC VNX/VNXe file/block storage arrays, and EMC VIPR. Prefer another on premise solution? StorageVaults can use any storage array that can be accessed using NFS3. And of course, you can use the pre-configured Syncplicity by Axway Cloud Storage StorageVault.
     
  • Utilize different storage solutions for different users and groups. StorageVaults allow administrators to set policies that determine where file content should be stored based on users and groups. For example, all of the files from the Legal team, Engineering, Marketing, and other departments can be stored in different locations. And it’s all policy-driven without any end-user configuration requirement and completely transparent to the end user.
     
  • Configure different storage solutions for different content. Even if an organization has policies for content storage based on user groups, there are different types of content that require different storage. With StorageVaults, IT can configure certain folders to utilize different StorageVaults even if the rest of an end user’s files are stored elsewhere.  For example, Marketing can create a shared folder for external collaboration of large files such as video, and IT can assign the folder to a specific storage solution like Isilon Storage, which is optimized for large files, even though the rest of marketing’s files are stored in a different StorageVault.
     
  • Comply with data residency and sovereignty requirements. With Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults, IT can automatically direct user content to storage arrays in different locations based on geographic requirements, even if the user belongs to another group that has a different storage requirement. For example, even though users in a Marketing group might use off-premise cloud storage by default, Marketing users in the “EU Employees” group can be configured to have content stored in an EU-based data center.

Designed for high manageability at enterprise-scale. Enterprises have complex needs and require granular control over large numbers of groups. StorageVaults are assigned to groups using “Storage Sets” – eliminating duplication of policies and controls when creating multiple groups to satisfy different storage requirements.

It is very clear that “the cloud” is the future of enterprise deployments—the advantages associated with faster innovation, reduced IT change management, and reduced operational effort are simply too compelling to pass up. But when it comes to storage, enterprises expect “the cloud” to combine off-premise and on-premise storage because one size simply does not fit all. Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults give enterprise IT the flexibility and granular control they need to meet their needs, and the needs of their end users.

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November 19, 2013   |   by Guest Blogger

The One-Minute Single-Sign-On Installation to EMC Syncplicity by Axway

Integrating internal directories with cloud applications for secure single sign-on can be an expensive and cumbersome process that frustrates IT administrators and causes maintenance headaches for the entire organization.   OneLogin’s Active Directory integration sets a new standard for ease-of-use with its no-touch installation process, which can be completed in as little as one minute!

The AD Connector is installed by downloading a Windows executable file that deploys the Connector as a Windows service. Because the AD Connector runs as a Windows service, you don’t have to worry about manually restarting it after a Windows reboot.

As soon as the installation is complete, the AD Connector establishes a secure, outbound SSL connection to OneLogin that it will keep up at all times. You’ll see in the OneLogin screen that the directory is connected, and you can browse a visual tree of all organizational units in the directory.  From that point on, users in the selected subtrees will be automatically synchronized in real time with OneLogin.

OneLogin has partnered with Syncplicity by Axway to enable enterprises to easily connect their internal Active Directory to Syncplicity by Axway, synchronize users, employ single sign-on and enforce multi-factor authentication.  Check out the video!    See how to sign into Syncplicity by Axway with Active Directory credentials in a minute!

Linda Wong
Senior Manager, Partner Marketing, OneLogin

November 11, 2013   |   by Syncplicity by Axway Team

Syncplicity by Axway Q4 Launch Recap

Last Tuesday, we marked the largest release in Syncplicity by Axway history. Our executive team announced new features via live webcast and the press took notice.

“Syncplicity‘s newest release is every CIO’s dream because users will want to use it. Not only is its user interface so cool that a teenager who sees it on a screen will want to check it out, but it uses behavioral data and analytics so well that it can often predict a user’s next step.” – Virgina Backaitis from CSM Wire 

Check out several resources that detail Syncplicity by Axway's newest innovations:  

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November 5, 2013   |   by Kristie Conner

Syncplicity by Axway Redefines Secure Enterprise File Sync and Share

Watch today's product announcement video here.

Today, we are announcing significant enhancements to EMC Syncplicity by Axway—the largest release in Syncplicity by Axway history coming off a year of significant innovation. The new features coming out of Syncplicity by Axway combine unprecedented security controls, storage options with the most advanced user experience both on the desktop and mobile device.

The way enterprise employee’s work has changed in the last several years with the introduction of the iPhone. Since that introduction, the rate of adoption and innovation on mobile devices has led to a new type of workforce – the mobile workforce and the consumerization of IT. Employees now demand, access anywhere, anytime and on any device. EMC Syncplicity by Axway has new innovative advancements across:

  •  Frictionless User Experience
  •  Security & Manageability
  •  Storage Choice

FRICTIONLESS USER EXPERIENCE

Users want easy access to digital assets at anytime and regardless of type of device. In essence, they want to be able to seamlessly move between their laptop and mobile devices without disruption. With our new features, we are transforming the user experience and making collaboration across devices, file stores and between teams easy. Today, we are announcing EMC Isilon MobileIQ (Powered by Syncplicity by Axway), completely re-designed mobile apps for iPad and Android, and updates to our Windows Desktop.

Next Generation Home Directory Access – EMC Isilon MobileIQ
EMC Isilon MobileIQ powered by Syncplicity by Axway gives users mobile access to home directories and files shares. Users will now be able to access their Isilon-based home directories and fileshares from their Syncplicity by Axway mobile app, with or without an EMC Syncplicity by Axway account. The MobileIQ feature offers direct mobile access to Isilon file shares, simple implementation, and flexible deployment options. In the future, EMC will extend this feature to additional storage solutions.

  • In-place access that requires no data migration and no files in the cloud
  • ​One mobile app for all user content
  • Easy set-up with or without Syncplicity by Axway

EMC Isilon MobileIQ will be available in Q4.

Completely Re-designed Mobile Apps
Our new mobile apps for iPad and Android demonstrate that beautiful user experiences are not just for consumer apps. The new Syncplicity by Axway mobile apps provide unprecedented ability to access, organize, and edit files securely on a user’s mobile device of choice.

  • A completely re-designed, modern user interface that creates the most delightful mobile experience in the industry. Our new mobile experience is immersive and highly social.
  • Secure Mobile Editing of documents without leaving the Syncplicity by Axway secure file system.
  • File management innovations give users the ability to go beyond simple file access and more easily and efficiently navigate folder structures, create folders, and manage file locations.   We’ve changed the file navigation approach to completely re-think the notion of a “breadcrumb”.
  • Shared Link Tracking uses the power of the mobile platform to give users unprecedented visibility into file sharing, including a new visual capability that shows a user the location of every file download along with an activity log of how other users are accessing files that have been shared with them.
  • Syncplicity by Axway Insights™ engage end users and use contextual information and Big Data from activity logs to improve the user experience and improve user efficiency. With the newly designed   Syncplicity by Axway apps for iOS and Android, users are empowered with features that make sharing seamless, gives collaborators behavioral data on how users are accessing files, while also providing push notifications to drive engagement. 

New Mobile Apps for iPad and Android will available to all users in the iTunes and Google Play app stores in December 2013.

SECURITY AND MANAGEABILITY
We are announcing new features for advanced security and manageability.

Group Level Policy Control
Administrators can now create “policy sets” of all Syncplicity by Axway controls that can be applied to groups. This way, different policies for sharing, security, desktop, web and mobile can be applied to different user groups like marketing and engineering. And unlike other solutions with rigid group policy models, Syncplicity by Axway policy sets are “ranked” so the system knows which policy to apply to a user that exists in multiple groups.

Group Level Policies are available immediately for Business Edition and Enterprise Edition customers.

Users can also leverage rights management controls, delivering maximum protection of shared content at the file level and unauthorized access or display, so IT never loses control of the files.

Users can also leverage rights management controls, delivering maximum protection of shared content at the file level and against unauthorized access or display, so IT never loses control of the file. There are several levels of permissions that can be set on the file.

  • Read/Write Permission
  • Copy Permission
  • Print Permission
  • Watermark
  • Offline Access Permission
  • Screen Capture Permission
  • Location-based Restrictions (White and Black list locations)

Many solutions for security can be cumbersome for the user and recipient, but Syncplicity by Axway delivers a seamless user experience for creation and accessing files. It further expands the continuum of protection Syncplicity by Axway provides on files.

Right management controls is available for Enterprise Edition customers (only) in a Controlled Preview in Q4 with pricing and availability announced in 1H 2014.

STORAGE CHOICE
Enterprises want the flexibility and convenience of the cloud, but when it comes to file storage sometimes the cloud isn't the right place for all their content. Whether it is for security, internal compliance, industry compliance or data residency/sovereignty reasons, enterprises want to be able to choose where files are stored. But without hassles. 

Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults
Newly announced Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults make storage simple and policy-driven, so organizations and users don’t have to sacrifice convenience for compliance. With StorageVaults IT departments have more control and flexibility around where their data is stored – using a policy-driven hybrid model to store content in a public cloud or private cloud on-premise — based on user, group, folder file or content types. Used in conjunction with Group Policies, enterprise IT has unprecedented levels of security and control, while remaining transparent to the user.

With Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults enterprise customers can:

  • Easily comply with data residency / sovereignty requirements
  • Apply appropriate security and control for by content type using Group Policies. Set policies at the user, group or folder level. And, tiered policy sets allow organization to maintain maximum control, for example, marketing content can be stored in the public cloud, but EU users' files can be stored using a different array in the EU).
  • Leverage EMC Isilon, EMC Atmos, EMC VNX/VNXe storage arrays, EMC VIPR, or third-party storage solutions (utilizing NFS3) for unparalleled flexibility.

Syncplicity by Axway StorageVaults will be generally available (for Enterprise Edition customers only) in Q4 2013.

Syncplicity by Axway is transforming Enterprise File Sync and Share and this announcement further emphasizes our commitment to innovation around user experience, security and storage choice. In July, we were named a leader in the Forrester's Wave: File Sync and Platform Share 2013. We are excited to be leading the market and providing our customers with the not just new innovations, but an enterprise-level solution for file sync and share.

To watch the Live Webcast where our executive teams unveils the new features and has live demos click here.

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