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Egnyte Enterprise File Sharing
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Centralized Administration and Control

Dropbox was developed as a solution for consumers without any real focus on scalability, collaboration or security, which are all crucial for businesses. Dropbox has been designed without a centralized administration philosophy, which puts the individual in control of file access rules. IT does not have the visibility required to monitor file access, sharing and privacy.

What happens when employees bring in their individual Dropbox accounts to access company data and IT is left in the dark?

With dispersed individual Dropbox accounts littered throughout the company, IT has a difficult time controlling the flow of important business data. Files could easily become visible and accessible to outsiders and leave the company vulnerable to data intrusions.

Unlike consumer cloud solutions, Egnyte is designed for business. Users can easily store, share and access files, from anywhere, with any device—without compromising control. IT retains central administration and visibility to ensure that business data is controlled under the most stringent security and privacy guidelines (Egnyte's security and privacy policies adhere to HIPAA, FINRA, and EU Safe Harbor compliance).

Shared Folders with Granular Permission

Egnyte's robust centralized administration platform provides businesses with the ability to manage user permissions at any level (directory, folder, sub-folder). IT administrators can assign read/write/delete access for every employee, ensuring that only the right users have access to the right files.

In the example below, the Finance parent folder has 3 sub-folders: Budgets, Reports and Payables. The entire Finance Team needs access to the Finance folder, with the exception of the Budgets sub-folder. The Budgets sub-folder should only be accessed by the Corporate Controller.

Dropbox takes a different approach to permission controls. Since Dropbox was designed for individuals and small teams, user permission does not exist. File sharing in Dropbox is done through a public shared folder with no sub-folder controls—when files are added to the shared folder, everyone has full access to the files within. [Source] While this approach is acceptable for consumer use, for businesses this could mean compromising the security and privacy of important business data.

Fast Local Access for Teams

Egnyte offers server sync integrations with local shared storage, providing fast, uninterrupted file access for teams, online or offline. Egnyte's hybrid cloud approach provides teams with one centralized local access point for all files, just like a traditional file server. The local storage delivers fast access over the LAN, enabling offline file access. The bi-directional synchronization with the cloud ensures all shared files are also accessible by employees when working remotely and with mobile devices.

Server sync solutions include Office Local Cloud and Enterprise Local Cloud. The former is deployed on a NETGEAR® ReadyNAS® that synchronizes files between the NAS (network-attached storage) device and Egnyte Cloud File Server. Enterprise Local Cloud is deployed as a VMware virtual appliance and synchronizes files between the virtual machine and Egnyte Cloud File Server. The virtual appliance can be deployed on any existing server and storage investments, minimizing capital outlays.

FTP and Mapped Drive Support

Business cloud solutions have taken accessibility to the next level, providing employees with the ability to access and share files through existing workplace platforms. Dropbox falls short with workplace integrations and only offers employees basic remote file access methods. Egnyte offers employees a wide range of familiar workplace access methods, allowing for uninterrupted workflow under any IT infrastructure.

  • Mapped drive - Egnyte users can access files directly on their desktop through mapped network drives. Dropbox does not have mapped drive capability.
  • FTP - Egnyte's integrated FTP service allows large file transfers with any FTP client. Conversely, Dropbox does not support FTP of any kind.
  • Third-party Integrations - Egnyte integrates with workplace productivity platforms such as Google Docs and Salesforce.com. Dropbox lacks direct integration with most common workplace tools such as Google Docs and Salesforce.com.