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File share and sync provider Talon Storage has upgraded its MobileFast file sync and share product family to provide web browser and Windows laptop/desktop workstation access to remote users. The new access methods come in addition to existing iOS and Android mobile connectivity.
Talon’s MobileFast product installs as a virtual machine to create a portal in the organisation’s datacentre that provides access to data for remote workers on mobile and other endpoint devices.
MobileFast integrates with Microsoft Active Directory so that existing permissions are retained as remote users connect to corporate systems.
The products offer file-sharing via an Explorer-type experience with creation, sharing, editing, downloading and uploading of files possible by users. Administrators can set policies for file-sharing, selecting which files can be accessed according to employee identity and role. Access is via VPN or SSL connection.
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MobileFast compresses and reduces files and utilises local caching to minimise the amount of data that needs to travel across network connections. Data protection is held centrally on corporate storage, with data protection carried out via existing backup arrangements.
Products such as MobileFast that target enterprises are a direct response to the rise in use by employees of public file share and sync products such as Dropbox and Box.
Where these are often beyond the reach of IT – creating so-called “shadow IT” infrastructures – products such as MobileFast seek to return control of remote user file access to the IT department.
“With MobileFast, any business that wants to extend its privately managed file-sharing environment into its distributed user workforce can benefit from secure and optimised global file access for its mobile users,” said Talon product director Jaap van Duijvenbode.