Enterprise file sharing service offers extra level of security that Google, Microsoft and others can’t provide
RES has announced the full release through the channel of its Dropbox style file sharing service aimed at enterprise use.
The Hyperdrive from RES is aimed at supplying enterprise file sharing, while allaying security fears with data kept on-premise and within private clouds.
Dropbox style storage is increasingly popular, and recently the likes of Microsoft and Google have been upping the level of service to customers on a consumer basis.
However, RES believes that the need for greater piece of mind in the enterprise business space, with regards to security, means that its customers are keen on information being kept on-premise.
With this in mind RES developed its own file sharing tools for enterprises conscious about regulation compliance and security.
“Security has probably been the main driver behind interest in the RES Hyperdrive,” said Grant Tiller, senior product manager for RES, speaking with ChannelBiz UK.
“There are offerings in the marketplace that can help you encrypt data, but there are still question marks around where is that data actually residing, encrypted or not,” Tiller pointed out. “Who owns the data? Who am I am sharing with? Is it sat on the same server as competitive organisations?”
RES had a look in the marketplace for some of the technologies that were available to deal with requests from customers for file storage, but was not comfortable recommending existing products.
“The commitment with RES Hyperdrive is that it will always be on premise, it resides in the customer’s network,” Tiller said. “It can still be cloud based but it is private cloud, you can bind it by your own security and regulatory compliance rules.”
Some of the partners RES are working with want to bring this on board as their own offering, he said, as some of the bigger integrators want to be able to offer this to SMBs and so forth. “This means taking on Hyperdrive as an appliance and offering their own storage,” Tiller said.
Another area of interest is the partners which are looking to build and roll-out managed desktops.
Companies are already setting up VDI offerings with Citrix or VMware View for example, and Tiller says that the Hyperdrive can be added into such a bundle for mobile devices.
The main route to market will be through resellers, buying Hyperdrive licenses to use on their own premises, with an easy to set up system.
“A big focus from our perspective was the speed and ease of set up,” he said. “The set up phase should take no longer than fifteen minutes.”
The Hyperdrive will also be able to support a wide variety of platforms, from Windows Phone, to Mac to RES’s more traditional Windows focus. Subscriptions will cost £38 per user per year, or £3.50 per user per month.