When it comes to mobile computing, there are three fundamental IT issues that every organization needs to address. The first is finding some way for users to share files across multiple platforms. The second is finding some way to back up those files. The third is to make sure that people are not sharing files they shouldn’t be.
In an ideal scenario, those three functions would be accomplished within a single application environment if for no other reason than end users tend to forget about backing up anything. More importantly, that application environment would give the IT organization the control it needs to make sure that files are not only backed up, but that end users are only sharing files they have explicit permissions to access.
As part of an effort to simultaneously address the collaboration, compliance and backup issues associated with mobile computing, Druva today released inSync Share for Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.
According to Jaspreet Singh, inSync Share is built around a unified Web-based console that allows IT organizations to apply very granular policies concerning who can share what files under what circumstances, including what type of device they are using or where they happen to be located. The goal, says Singh, is to give the IT organization complete visibility across the mobile computing environment that includes the analytics tools the organization needs to track usage trends.
Singh also notes that at a cost of $4 per month per user, inSync Share eliminates the need for separate file sharing, compliance and backup software applications that organizations previously would have to been required to pay for separately.
Currently in beta, inSync Share can be deployed in a private or public cloud, which gives IT organizations more control over the mobile computing environment compared to relying on a third-party service.
Mobile computing, especially in the form of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon, represents one of the more vexing challenges facing IT organizations these days. It’s also an issue where the cost of solving the problem shouldn’t be allowed to cost ten times more than the actual devices being used.
When you think about all the compliance, data protection and productivity issues involved, coupled with all the time consumed managing mobile computing devices, it becomes pretty clear that a comprehensive approach to the problem is not only going to be the preferred way to go, it’s also going to be essential.