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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:04

Objective releases Govt-standard DropBox

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A cloud based service intended to allow secure transfer of information starting at $12 per user per month has been released by Objective Corporation, although would-be users will still have a month or more to wait before the locally hosted version of the service is available.

While DropBox is a very popular information sharing service among consumers and businesses alike, it is hosted offshore. Objective Connect is intended as a locally hosted alternative which can be linked through a secure conduit to an enterprise content management system.

It’s now a year since the listed company first unveiled plans for Objective Connect, a cloud based system designed primarily to allow different government departments to securely share information. It has been offering a preview programme, with the service hosted out of a Singapore data centre, for some time and has about 50 organisations using that preview service.

According to product marketing manager Michael Warrilow, the service will be moved to a local data centre in the next 60 days. The 50 organisations using the free preview version of the system come mainly from local, state and federal government.

The company is also planning to offer the service in the UK and has signed a UK data centre to host Objective Connect for that market, although it has yet to formally launch the service there.

Australian users will pay $12 per user per month for the service. Enterprises meanwhile will also pay an annual fee, which Mr Warrilow said would range from $10,000-$150,000 to link to an enterprise content management system such as Objective’s own ECM8, or HP’s Trim or Microsoft’s SharePoint, and access a reporting dashboard providing oversight of the information sharing activity.

In terms of typical costs, Mr Warrilow said that a single consultant wishing to securely share documents with government departments might expect to pay just $12 a month, where a law firm with fewer than 200 users might expect to pay around $15,000 a year plus the per user fees.

Receiving documents from the service will be free. Authorised recipients will be able to access documents over the internet using their email address and a 12 digit password.

In a media release Tony Walls, Objective CEO claimed Objective Connect was the only information sharing platform conforming to the Australian Government Information Security Manual up to and including “Protected”.

Earlier this week Objective Connect was listed on the Australian Government Information Management Office’s (AGIMO) first Data Centre as a Service approved supplier list.

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