Enterprise Informatics' eB for SharePoint. As Microsoft SharePoint gains popularity, internal SharePoint sites mushroom. That creates chaos as to where the "official" version of a document actually resides versus the various versions stored at other SharePoint sites. And it can cause compliance and security issues because SharePoint sites often aren't managed for access control. Enterprise Informatics' eB for SharePoint claims to let the business reassert control over SharePoint sites and their contents via policies, while letting users continue to deploy SharePoint sites for their project collaboration. So as a "master" document moves or is copied throughout SharePoint sites, eB detects and tracks the versions, then can ensure all use the same iteration and that only people who should have access to it in fact do. Enterprise Informatics has long offered enterprise information management tools, and it sees eB as applying the governance of EIM to the ad hoc collaboration of SharePoint. Grade: A.
Fortressware's Personal Fortress. Data leak prevention (DLP) systems have proven unwieldy and hard to implement because of the extreme complexity of figuring out what content should be protected and then examining all messaging traffic to see if that content is being sent out and, if so, to whom. Fortressware addresses this by letting users decide what should be protected; it does so by encapsulating it in a permissions wrapper that requires the recipient to download a free client and then controls the printing, redistribution, and modification of the file. This kind of protection is not new -- Adobe Acrobat has long done a less sophisticated version of it -- but Fortressware has made it more comprehensive in terms of supported files. What the software does not do is work outside of Windows -- at least not in the beta version -- so mobile, Mac, and Linux users get locked out of the protected files altogether. And it’s a lightweight app meant for individual use -- there are no enterprisewide controls à la DLP, though I'm not sure whether that's good or bad. Grade: C.
Fusion-io's ioSAN. Imagine network-attached storage that fits in your hand yet can hold 650GB. That's ioSAN, an SSD-based PCIe card that promises blazingly fast transfer speeds and can support standard disk storage via connected drives for more capacity. Networked servers that have the cards can form a SAN. One of high tech's hallmarks is a drive to miniaturization, and that's ioSAN's key benefit. Grade: B.