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Your Enterprise File Sync and Share Vendor By @JimLiddle | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Enterprise File Sync and Share is being embraced by more and more enterprise companies

The Top 10 Things to Demand From Your Enterprise File Sync and Share Vendor

Enterprise File Sync and Share is being embraced by more and more enterprise companies and this article look at the must have features that should be demanded from an Enterprise Sync and Share vendor.

1. Go hybrid, private or cloud: An enterprise will likely have different topologies and different ways of wanting to deploy. The EFSS vendors should support not only cloud but also hybrid and private topologies to enable enterprises to satisfy all potential use cases.

2. Support Standard protocols: Many enterprise apps and hardware already support standard protocols and any Sync and Share product should be an enabler for use with standard protocols such as WebDav, FTP, and SFTP.

3. Support the Amazon S3 protocol: Amazon S3 is now a de facto standard protocol for many enterprises and many of  scripts and Apps use it. Make sure your EFSS providers support for it to provide flexibility to move workloads around.

4. Integrates the Cloud into a users desktop: Companies that want to use Enterprise File Share and Sync are often migrating from an existing file server. To that end they want to replicate their existing users environment as much as possible and that includes drive letter access to corporate shares on their desktop for on demand access to corporate files, exactly the same as the old network drive except on the Cloud.

5. Desktop Sync: There will be times that users want to work offline so desktop sync is a necessity.

6. Company defined encryption: Don't let the enterprise sync and share vendor control the encryption keys to files. The EFSS solution should provide company defined encryption keys for additional security.

7. Supports Windows, Mac and Linux: Enterprise environment are mostly heterogeneous with regards to desktop support so ensure you your vendors supports all the major desktop operating systems.

8. Support all mobile devicess: If your company is embracing BYOD you will want your EFSS vendor to support as wide a range of mobile devices as possible such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

9. Supports Audit and Governance: Compliance and legislation are a must for an EFSS vendor to support. Ensure your chosen vendor supports Audit logging, Audit Watches and provides  the ability to set Sync and Share policies.

10. Works with what you have: Why settle for an Enterprise Sync and Share vendor providing yet another data store to be supported. Ensure it works with the storage points  you already have both behind the firewall and/or on the public cloud.

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Jim is CEO of Storage Made Easy. Jim is a regular blogger at since 2004, covering mobile, Grid, and Cloud Computing Topics.