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Accellion strives for secure mobile file sharing with ‘Dropbox for Enterprise’

by Doug Drinkwater

March 12 2012

Accellion's kitedrive tailors for individuals, businesses and enterprises
Accellion's kitedrive tailors for individuals, businesses and enterprises

Accellion, a leading provider of secure cloud storage solutions for businesses and enterprises, has announced that it now supports mobile file sharing between businesses, enterprises and – for the first time – individuals, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Box and Dropbox.

The new 'kitedrive' solution allows users to sync files between a range of desktop and mobile devices, including the iPad, the iPhone, and those devices running Android or BlackBerry. The difference between Accellion and its more consumer-orientated competitors like Dropbox and Box, is the availability of IT and security management, argues the firm.

“There are real security concerns with the use of free mobile file-sharing and synchronization platforms by business users who need anytime access to enterprise data,” said Chris Hazelton, research director of mobile and wireless at 451 Research, speaking about the need for secure data on behalf of Accellion. “In place of consumer-based offerings, IT needs to provide alternatives that offer control and management capabilities to protect confidential information. Providing these enterprise-grade services to government and business users, especially those in regulated industries will ensure much-needed awareness and control of corporate data that moves across the multiple devices that employees use today.”

Accellion CEO Yorgen Edholm continued with this theme of needing secure sharing and storage in business, especially with the rising bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. “The influx of personal smartphones and tablets into enterprise organizations is threatening information security as IT and Security teams scramble to address BYOD and mobile security. Balancing employee demand for increased mobile access while ensuring enterprise-class security and control productivity is now possible with Accellion Secure Mobile File Sharing Solutions.”

Accellion’s offering is split up for a number of different users. For the first time, the company is catering to individual users with a single-user account (2GB of cloud storage free, upgradeable to 50GB), while the Accellion Mobile File Sharing for Business supports from 5-500 users with 1,000 GB of cloud storage for $15 per user each month. The enterprise version (price on application) can go up from 500 users with unlimited cloud storage, and has a raft of features including Archiving, DLP Integration, SFTP, LDAP/AD integration.

Accellion claims to have more than 9 million users from 1,400 companies, including some big names in the shape of Ogilvy & Mather, Procter & Gamble, Harvard University, NASA and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. TabTimes recently spoke to Accellion, and so will bring the company’s views on the mobile cloud, tablets in enterprise and rivals Dropbox next week.

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