With interest growing in using managed services as an alternative to e-mail systems for transferring large files, it's only a matter a time before IT organizations take a more structured approach to managing these services.
As a service widely used by workers with or without the sanction of the IT department, YouSendIt.com has been steadily improving its reputation for helping internal IT organizations deal with compliance and security issues.
Today YouSendIt.com plans to extend those efforts with the release of YouSendIt Enterprise Management Services. The offering is designed to integrate managed file transfer services within the workflow of the business in a way that makes it easy for IT to manage it alongside internal e-mail systems, according to Brian Curry, YouSendIt vice president for product and business strategy.
It includes connectors for integrating the enterprise version of YouSendIt with Active Directory, Web services APIs for custom integration, centralized policy-management tools, additional reporting tools and even the ability to customize the branding of the YouSendIt service.
Other companies, including Smith Micro Software and GlobalSCAPE, also are trying to create enterprise-class managed file transfer services.
Smith Micro, for example, just added additional support for Mac systems, which tend to be one of the primary sources of large files in the enterprise. One of the core concepts behind the Smith Micro services is that end users can choose to leave files permanently in the Smith Micro service, then resend them whenever they want without having to reload them.
As these types of services mature, they offer a way for the IT department to close a gaping hole in the ability of most organizations to meet compliance requirements.