Infrastructure supplier Novell is setting itself against computer backup-based file sharing with an onsite service.
Known as Filr, it’s targeting to compete alongside big-time computer backup names such as Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Dropbox, with the difference of using a business’s existing onsite infrastructure to enable employees the ability to access data without the need to up them to a third party architecture.
This is made possible by integrating with current systems, and automatically filling folders on a user’s devices with data from a corporate server. According to Novell, this addresses security concerns around the trend for Bring Your Own Device as Filr recognises data security policies as well as firewall, backup and antivirus configurations.
The service supports platforms of existing enterprises, such as Microsoft Active Directory, and allows employees global search capabilities based on existing rights of access. It also allows users to share data internally and externally from the business, and keeps track of collaboration activities in real time.
Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn said of Filr: ‘Unlike any other file sharing solution on today’s computer backup market, it supplies the access and collaboration capabilities to maintain employee satisfaction and productivity, whilst meeting IT’s need for enhanced security, compliance and the ability to leverage established protocols.’