Moving Beyond EFSS: Unveiling Adaptive Enterprise File Services

The Enterprise File Services market today is characterized as being too siloed and rigid to address the needs of both end users and IT departments. Users demand the same capabilities and convenience at work that they can get from popular consumer cloud applications, and if IT can’t deliver this type of functionality, users will often leverage consumer apps without IT’s consent.In fact, a recent Netskope survey uncovered that IT departments underestimate the number of non-sanctioned cloud apps (Shadow IT) in their environment by factor of 10. This Shadow IT problem has placed corporate data at great risk, only creating a larger IT vs. End User conflict.At Egnyte, we understand that both types of users have different and, sometimes, competing needs. This is why Egnyte, unlike other providers, focuses on delivering solutions that don’t require trade-offs.Today marks a big milestone for Egnyte and our customers, and I’m happy to introduce Egnyte Adaptive Enterprise File Services.Building on the foundation of our file services portfolio, these new services promise to provide both end users and IT departments with unparalleled levels of visibility, control and flexibility for their files stored and accessed on premises and in the cloud. The adaptive aspect of our Adaptive Enterprise File Services is enabled through powerful predictive analytics, business intelligence, and enhanced reporting & auditing capabilities.Today, we’re also announcing Content Intelligence, a new service tailored specifically for end users to help them understand exactly how their files are being accessed and shared inside and outside of their organizations. The true value of this service is in the added predictive capabilities that will enable Egnyte to recommend and proactively optimize content strategies and information workflows.For IT administrators, we’re also introducing Smart Reporting and Auditing to help IT understand how information flows throughout their infrastructure and users with robust reporting and analytics. This empowers IT to optimize infrastructure utilization, on and off premises, and streamline operations, which will help reduce costs.The full suite of services will include:End-User Services:

  • Mobility: Enables users to access files they need on or offline from any preferred mobile device
  • Unified User Experience: Ensures internal and external users can easily collaborate without needing a special client or requiring changes to their productivity environment and processes
  • Content Intelligence (New): Helps users understand exactly how their files are being accessed and shared inside and outside of their organization and helps them adapt and optimize their content strategies and workflows

IT Department Services:

  • Security: Provides end-to-end security with the ability for IT to define user, content, device, networking, and storage controls based on compliance and policy requirements
  • Unified Administration & Management: Equips IT with complete visibility and centralized management over all enterprise files through a “single pane of glass”
  • Smart Reporting & Auditing (Enhanced): Helps IT understand how information flows throughout their organization with robust reporting and analytics that empower them to optimize infrastructure utilization and streamline operations
Adaptive, Adaptive Enterprise File Services, EFSS

Our strategy is to deliver solutions within and beyond the Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) market by offering  new and enhanced file services that will integrate into our hybrid, open, secure and adaptive platform. Through Egnyte Adaptive Enterprise File Services, we’ve strengthened our ability to uniquely meet the needs of end users and IT to securely, easily and intelligently share files in a way that’s seamlessly integrated with the many cloud and storage environments, mobile devices, and productivity applications our customers are using.Through these advancements, we also gain new levels of intelligence to develop a File Management and Protection portfolio, enabling us to pursue new business opportunities in addition to EFSS and expand our product offerings for our customers. This is a strategy that has been strongly endorsed by our customers, ecosystem partners and industry analysts. Here’s a snapshot:“Egnyte’s strategic direction is a timely and important evolution in the EFSS market and beyond. The company’s unique ability to empower both users and IT with advanced tools to intelligently manage and protect their files on and off premises makes it a leader in delivering enterprise solutions to global organizations,” said Richard Edwards, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity, Ovum Research.“The Egnyte Adaptive Enterprise File Services are aligned to our hybrid cloud approach to allow choice and control across different IT environments,” said Nick Triantos, senior director, Product Operations at NetApp. “As enterprises continue to leverage their existing storage environments, they are working with companies such as NetApp and Egnyte for on premises performance while still providing a cloud experience for the end-user.”“Aerohive is focused on delivering innovative enterprise mobile solutions that help customers become more productive and drive their businesses forward. Egnyte shares these principles and has delivered on them with our internal marketing and sales teams. We view its Adaptive Enterprise File Services as a solution that we’ll leverage heavily in enhancing the way we collaborate as well as protect and manage our business content.”–David Greene, CMO, Aerohive Networks“AppDynamics provides the business and operational insights required to proactively and in real-time monitor manage, and analyze the performance, user experience and business impact of the most complex software applications.  We share a vision that the ‘Software-Defined Business’ demands a new category of Application Intelligence and Egnyte’s move to Adaptive Enterprise File Services, offering powerful new data analytics capabilities enabled through their unique open, secure and hybrid platform is exactly what these businesses need to drive business impact.  We expect that this new level of insight that Egnyte provides will help us become even more collaborative and productive as we scale our business and continue to meet the needs of our customers.” --Steven Wastie, CMO, AppDynamics“Egnyte’s hybrid cloud approach to enterprise file sharing has provided us with significant benefits in terms of operational efficiency, cost reductions and improved collaboration. We can envision that the ability to quickly and easily collect and report on the usage of our project files through Egnyte’s Content Intelligence File Service will provide important insights to improving our collaborative environment, resulting in better communication and project execution.”           – Jeff Pistor, Director, Balfour Beatty Construction“As an organisation doing business in Europe, Egnyte enabled M&C Saatchi to adhere to privacy and security regulations all while providing SaaS file sharing and management solutions to our workforce and our customers. The strategic direction Egnyte is taking aligns well with our IT and end-user requirements of seamlessly integrating with their productivity environment and optimising in an on-going manner their experience and our content security. This seems to be beyond what other providers are capable of doing.”–Alistair Roberts, Head of IT at M&C Saatchi Interested in learning more? We are hosting a webinar on January 29, 2015, featuring Gartner’s Research VP Monica Basso, to highlight the future of the EFSS market, along with an update on Egnyte Adaptive Enterprise File Services from Egnyte’s CMO Isabelle Guis. Sign up here today.You can also check out the details here.

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