Mobile users are connected to their data storage networks in the same way a desktop would be, so they'll be using the same, familiar interface, according to Backa. Most importantly, Backa said, Universal File Access is not a synchronization and sharing application that automatically pushes data out whenever an employee is connected.
Sync and share "promiscuously" copies file data anywhere and everywhere making security and risk management even more difficult -- if not impossible, he said. "It's an important distinction we're trying to make," Backa said. "The Dropboxes and SugarSyncs of the world are all about what industry calls sync and share.
"Traditionally, we've control data on corporate networks, providing content filtering, trending analysis, billing and audit tools," he continued. "In the course of building that suite of apps over the past 15 years with EMC, Hitachi and NetApp, we've become deeply embedded in their file and storage systems."
The Universal File Access works by using extensions in the OS and file systems of Windows, and storage software from NetApp, EMC and Hitachi Data Systems. The file sharing app will not allow executable files to be stored on the backend systems, which precludes viral infections and no apps can be copied out of the data stores, which protects licensing agreements, Backa said.
UFA also includes a BYOD Manager -- one or more services that offers connections to end-user devices. It provides flexible caching options, proxies Active Directory security and aggregates communications. It also offers a BYOD Suite, which is client software appropriate for all common devices and operating systems.
BYOD Manager also provides end users with the ability to immediately upload and delete file data, and allows for lost or stolen devices to be shut down and wiped of business-critical information
NTP's Universal File Access requires a company to buy a core technology license for $15,000 and then pay $99 per year per user or $10 per month.
Novel's Filr is sold on a subscription basis for $45 per user per year.
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