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The Citrix ShareFile cloud storage and synchronisation product will soon provide administrators with more control over where data is stored, along with an Outlook plug-in to automate its use in place of attaching files to messages.

The use of cloud storage and synchronisation services such as Dropbox has become very common. Like most cloud services, they are easy and cheap to buy and use. The problem is that they don't necessarily provide features that corporate customers consider mandatory.


That's where enterprise-grade services such as Citrix ShareFile come in, with features including encryption, versioning, commenting, notifications, and remote wipe and locking.

A new feature of ShareFile is StorageZones, which allows administrators to control where files are stored. This can be in public or private cloud storage, or at a particular facility.

The choice may be dictated by governance issues (eg, an organisation may have a policy that requires all documents to be stored in its own data centres, or government regulations may forbid offshore storage), or technical considerations (eg, documents may be stored close to the most frequent users to improve performance).

"With an increasingly distributed workforce that expects it to be easy to store and share their files and content, IT departments are under more pressure than ever to ease up on data storage policies to improve end user access and productivity," said Jesse Lipson, Citrix vice president and general manager, data sharing. "The reality is that these policies exist for a reason and ShareFile StorageZones allows our customers to tailor their data storage to meet their specific business requirements while also offering a great end user experience."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.