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Egnyte synchronises Google Drive with enterprise storage

Cliff Saran

Hybrid cloud and on-premises provider Egnyte has integrated its product with Google Drive, allowing users to access Google Drive directly from a corporate network drive.

Egnyte’s latest release provides users with access to Google Drive, Microsoft Office, CAD drawings, images and multimedia files via the cloud or on-site storage. The Egnyte product enables IT departments to control and manage visibility of these files, with centrally managed access permissions as well as real-time auditing of all file, folder and login activity.

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In spite of the popularity of cloud storage, businesses rely heavily on on-premises storage to enable employees to create and share files securely. “Our hybrid approach provides a unified name space for all these files, no matter where they reside,” said Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain.  

“This new Google Drive integration provides a single, simple view into all files [that users in the enterprise] have access to, no matter where those files are located – on-premises, in the cloud, or in Google Drive,” he added. 

Egnyte uses secure folders that enable files to be synchronised between on-premises network attached storage (NAS), storage area network-based (SAN) enterprise storage and cloud-based storage. Users can access the Egnyte folder from smartphones, tablets and computers connected over a local area network (LAN) to local storage or to Egnyte’s cloud.

Balfour Beatty is an Egnyte user. The construction firm, which is building a new airport terminal at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, uses Egnyte to synchronise architectural blueprints using onsite ReadNAS devices. The blueprints are distributed to site managers, who access the files via iPads.


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