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Forthcoming changes to EMC's Syncplicity  enterprise file sync and sharing product will support private and public clouds simultaneously, automatically optimise storage utilisation and performance, and provide policy-based security and regulatory compliance.

Syncplicity's policy-driven features will mean a range of decisions will be automatically made by the software. For example, non-sensitive documents could be stored in a public cloud to optimise costs, regulated content can be directed to on-premises storage in specific data centres, and large files such as videos and CAD diagrams could be distributed to multiple on-premises storage units in various geographical locations to optimise performance. 

This approach will optimise storage utilisation based on the file security and user requirements, while allowing users to work with files as easily as they do with consumer-oriented sharing and sync systems, EMC officials said.

Other changes planned for the second half of 2013 include native support for EMC VNX storage and support for EMC ViPR software-defined storage.

Syncplicity provides organisations with private Dropbox-style file sync and sharing, using EMC Isilon or Atmos storage, or a public cloud option. This list will be expanded to include EMC VNX on-premises storage.

Support for ViPR will give Syncplicity the ability to support hybrid cloud deployments by separating the policy engine from storage-specific considerations, eliminate the need to certify with new storage layers, and provide a consistent set of features across multiple storage solutions, even where the storage system does not natively support those features.

"We believe 100% of our enterprise customers will want to deploy file sync and sharing in a hybrid cloud, combining both public and private cloud deployment options," said Jeetu Patel, vice president and general manager of EMC's Syncplicity business unit.

"Syncplicity's policy-driven approach will support this 'mixed mode' approach and allow IT to set policies for how these deployments are utilised based on user and content types.

"Our vision is that users should be able to work with files securely, and in a 'frictionless' way that is as easy as popular consumer apps, unencumbered by where IT decides those files should be controlled and managed.”

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World as the guest of the company.

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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.

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