EMC is aiming the new product at companies with more than 25 users. It can work with cloud-based storage and on-premise storage appliances such as EMC's Isilon network-attached storage and Atmos object-based storage. That could make Syncplicity's Enterprise Edition an appealing option for IT administrators who want to support the bring-your-own-device trend with a simple user interface but don't want to worry about the security implications of using Dropbox and other offerings.
Companies that use EMC's Documentum enterprise content-management software can also sync files in the Syncplicity Enterprise Edition. Syncplicity keeps a customer's data centers in multiple geographies automatically updated, and users access files from the nearest data center to keep latency low.
Instead of requiring customers to pay a different amount of money each month to reflect elastic use of storage resources the way Amazon Web Services does for its Simple Storage Service (S3) and other products, Syncplicity customers pay based on the number of users — a more palatable option for larger businesses with hundreds or thousands of employees, said Jeetu Patel, Syncplicity's general manager.
While EMC might have wanted to have a product for small businesses in its line when it bought Syncplicity last year, it's not surprising to see the company create a version that makes sense for large businesses, too. EMC is no Box, much as Box wants to add enterprise customers. But now it comes closer, by crossing ease of use with the security advantages of on-premise deployments.
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