Friday, 10 June 2016 12:38

CTERA updates enterprise file sharing service

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Updates to the CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform include data loss prevention and a revamped mobile client.

The CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform is a Dropbox-like system for synchronising and sharing files that runs inside the firewall and also provides NAS-style access.

Data can be stored within the data centre using equipment from EMC, HPE, NetApp and others, or in the cloud using providers such as AWS, Azure and Softlayer.

It can therefore be used to replace Windows filers, NetApp appliances at remote offices, and remote secure storage facilities such as Iron Mountain, senior vice-president of marketing Jeff Denworth told iTWire.

The latest updates include enhanced data-loss prevention capabilities such as domain-based file sharing controls, and providing watermarked preview-only access.

The CTERA Mobile app has been redesigned for speed and the ability to store files and photos directly into CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform.

CTERA Endpoint Backup now includes self-service migration between operating systems (eg, Windows to OS X), with contacts, calendars, email accounts, and other data being placed in the appropriate locations on the new machine.

CTERA's OS X software now includes Spotlight integration to easily locate files, right-click backup and file sharing options, and the display of CTERA Agent notifications displayed in the Notification Centre.

The company has been in Australia for around two years, Denworth told iTWire. The primary focus has been on the government sector (the NSW Government is a customer), but he expects a more even balance with enterprise customers in the future.

CTERA appeals to two main types of customer, he said; those with a traditional IT stack that want to simplify file services and data protection, and very large organisations looking for private file management and collaboration.

Savings can be as much as 70 or 80% when CTERA is used to replace edge storage, and around 50% compared with Box and similar sync/share services.

Moving users' home directories from NAS to object storage via CTERA can be the biggest win for enterprise-scale organisations, Denworth told iTWire.

Typical CTERA customers have at least 1000 employees or operate at multiple locations.

Smaller organisations are addressed by a number of managed service providers that use CTERA's product. This mode of delivery is relevant to those who want or need to ensure that their data is kept onshore but that do not require complete control over the system, he explained.

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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 and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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