In some ways, Patel says, EMC's solution is even more easy to use than the consumer-grade alternatives. For instance, if you use Dropbox, the only files that you can sync to online are the ones located in your Dropbox folder. Syncplicity allows you to share any file or folder on your computer simply by right-clicking on it.
"With Syncplicity, a key benefit and value is there is no extra step," he says. "You can take any folder in your files and right-click on it to make it Syncplicity-enabled, no extra step required. It is as easy for you to share information in Syncplicity as it is to share photos in Facebook. On average, we have anywhere between 4,000 and 8,000 files managed per user."
For IT, Syncplicity is focusing on reporting capabilities, especially the ability to track active use, perform auditing and chargeback.
"We have our first reporting tool that should be coming out shortly in the next few weeks," Patel says. "You can import reports into your own reporting tool or Excel or what have you. We will continue to add more and more reports as time goes on. We have a very rich set of data that is being captured."
Additionally, with the EMC solution, data objects stored on premise remain on premise and within IT control. Files are not duplicated in the cloud, so they remain subject to IT security governance and protection policies.
"The one-two punch of EMC Isilon and Syncplicity applies industry-leading scalability to next-generation file management, giving IT unprecedented ability to serve user needs for file access, sharing and collaboration," says Sam Grocott, vice president of product management and product marketing for EMC Isilon.
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