We were on a file syncing kick last week, and that’s going to continue this week, too. (Be sure to listen to today’s podcast!) Today brings an announcement from GroupLogic about a new mobile file-syncing product called activeEcho.
GroupLogic has been making Mac integration products for over 20 years—basically since long before having a Mac was cool. Among there offerings are solutions to make Macs play nice with Windows-based file servers (ExtremeZ-IP), a file transfer solution that accommodates Windows, Mac, and Linux (MassTransit), and a product that allows enterprise file archiving systems to work well with Macs (ArchiveConnect).
GroupLogic’s extent mobile file syncing product is mobilEcho, which extends corporate file servers to iOS devices. activEcho adds a desktop client and web interface, as well as the capability for files to be hosted by GroupLogic on AWS S3.
Both activEcho and mobilEcho support a wide variety of features, including one-way and two-way folder synching, active directory integration, HTTPS encryption of data in motion, and file tracking and logging.
The iOS app supports local storage for offline access; setting password and lockout; white-listing or blacklisting apps for the “open-in” feature; a built in PDF reader and annotator; encrypted data at rest; integration with Good Technology, Mobile Iron, Quickoffice, and Salesforce apps; and the ability to selectively remote-wipe corporate data from mobile devices.
Will this solution satisfy both end user and corporate needs? That’s a hard question to answer, and a lot depends on how any single implementation of a given solution is administered. Users’ requirements for syncing their own data can be quite different from corporate requirements. Organizations that are attempting to prevent users from heading to Dropbox or similar products will need to keep in mind that their own file servers may not have enough speed or capacity to satisfy employee needs for day to day file syncing. On the other hand, if an organization generally needs just one-way distribution of corporate documents, then existing file servers are probably fine.
Adding hosted-storage capabilities and a desktop access client makes activEcho more likely to be able to become the fabled “Dropbox for the enterprise.” But could that actually happen? Can any one solution be sufficient for both end-user and IT requirements? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
(The client management videos on the bottom of this page on GroupLogic's website actually do a pretty good job of explaining the administration capabilities of mobilEcho.)