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Can IT Sell It?
Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, said there is an opportunity for a business-ready service that provides similar capabilities to Dropbox to find a home in the market.
"An enterprise-friendly solution could do significant damage to Dropbox, but you still have to sell the user and that's where the heavy lifting has to occur," Enderle told us. "The IT guys are out of the loop, which is why Dropbox is being used. Employees can use their own credit cards and do whatever they want, so you have to change user behavior and IT isn't set up to do that."
As Enderle sees it, the business user has to be convinced Filr is the best option. In some companies, employees caught using Dropbox are disciplined and in some industries, like pharmaceuticals, employees can get fired for using Dropbox-like services. That said, catching somebody using unsanctioned cloud-based storage is often very difficult.
"The IT guys will love Filr but they are not the ones dictating what service is being used," Enderle said. "They can certainly buy it and provide it but if the users won't use it because they already are used to using Dropbox, it won't go anywhere."
Posted: 2013-05-17 @ 11:42pm PT
Filr sure offers (local and remote) data Sync for Windows, Mac and mobile devices.
There's no file caching or file duplication between the existing data on your file servers and what's 'in Filr'. I believe to do the same thing with Egnyte would duplicate all your data first to the Egnyte Local Cloud server to be able to sync or share.
Posted: 2013-05-02 @ 8:59am PT
Does Novell offer remote data synchronization? I don't think they do. Anther nice option to consider would be Egnyte! Look em up...
Posted: 2013-05-02 @ 2:54am PT
Let me point out something new: it's called Copy, definitely has the most generous referral program, it works even better than DropBox and it is definitely more beautiful. Being invited you start from 10GB, plus 5GB more for each call!