2014: The Year in Reviews - Page 2
Looking for 2014’s best in enterprise network monitoring, security, and cloud backup and collaboration? Here’s what’s new with our picks.
What we said: Cloud security fears got you down? OwnCloud’s latest update brings file sync and share to the enterprise without the need for an external host.
ownCloud Enteprise recently went from version 6 to version 7, which introduced a plethora of enhancements, improvements and capabilities. Most notable improvements include:
- Improved sharing: Users can now opt for secure server to server sharing, allowing users across multiple ownCloud installations to share content across more than just folders
- Responsive design: ownCloud now leverages responsive design ideologies, allowing the service to work seamlessly across multiple device platforms, such as PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.
- Store, access and control: Object stores can now be used as primary storage, making it much easier to connect applications using ownCloud’s webhooks.
- Additional document handling: In addition to the existing ability to collaboratively edit .odt files within the web browser, ownCloud can now convert Microsoft Word documents on the fly for online editing. You can open a Word doc online, edit it live with other users in the browser, and close it again – it will convert back to Word. And it will be saved back to your desktop with the changes embedded.
- External storage: The external storage app provides access to storage locations including FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, sFTP, Swift, S3, WebDAV, SMB/CIFS and more. Admins can specify which storage type can be added by end users in their personal tab, providing more granular control over external storage mounts.
- APIs: A new API allows for a visual representation facilitated by the desktop client shows which files are owned by the user, and which files are shared with the user but owned by someone else. This API indicates which files are shared, so that the desktop client and mobile app can place the shared file or shared folder icon appropriately on files stored in ownCloud.
What we said: Cloud-based Intralinks VIA Enterprise provides a Sync and Share that addresses the data security needs of the enterprise.
In October, Intralinks launched Intralinks VIA® 2.0, the next generation of the company’s secure file sharing and collaboration solution. Built on the Intralinks Collaboration Platform, Intralinks VIA 2.0 provides a new user interface and unique document security capabilities that enable enterprises to gain all the productivity benefits typically associated with file sync and share services, while maintaining the granular document control required to comply with the most stringent security policies and regulations.
The platform supports a variety of SaaS-based collaboration applications purpose-built for mergers and acquisitions, clinical trials, investor communications, and more. Intralinks VIA 2.0 integrates with these specialized applications with a general file sharing and collaboration solution that employees can use as part of their daily work routines, while giving CIOs and CISOs enterprise-wide control over cloud-based file sharing. Version 2.0 brings the following to the table:
- Enhanced information rights management: IRM by DesignTM is a new capability with Intralinks 2.0, giving administrators the ability to enforce IRM by default and users the power to precisely control who can view, edit or share files. IRM is enforced with a button click, and no plug-ins are needed to view Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF documents. Access controls include specifying which devices can open a file, locations where files can be accessed, and the ability to set expiration dates. Access to files can be revoked in real-time with Intralinks’ UNshare feature.
- Native support for Microsoft Office Online: Intralinks VIA is the only file sharing and collaboration solution to provide native support for Microsoft Office Online. Users can view Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files online without leaving the security of the Intralinks platform, greatly enhancing both user productivity and information security. Future enhancements include full native online document editing without the need for a third-party file viewer.
- Customer-managed encryption keys: Intralinks VIA 2.0 is the first file sharing and collaboration solution to provide customer-managed encryption keys as an option. When customers manage their own keys, cloud vendors can no longer access their information. This removes the vendor as a source of risk, both from “hack once, compromise all customers” data breaches, and from government surveillance-related privacy concerns.
- New user interface: Intralinks VIA 2.0 eliminates the tradeoffs between security and usability with its new, intuitive user interface. Users can more easily organize their content and collaborate on work, all while keeping their information safe with single-click access to sophisticated security and privacy capabilities.
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Frank is an award-winning technology journalist, professional speaker and IT business consultant with over 25 years of experience in the technology arena. He has written for several leading technology publications, including ComputerWorld, TechTarget, PCWorld, ExtremeTech, Tom's Hardware and business publications, including Entrepreneur, Forbes and BNET. Ohlhorst was also the Executive Technology Editor for Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and formerly the director of the CRN Test Center.