Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/07/emc_updates_syncplicity/

EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list

Now has six major projects to deliver by year's end

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 7th November 2013 18:24 GMT

Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity.

The gory details are detailed in the EMC legal document which you can download from the article above.

EMC Isilon MobileIQ provides mobile access to home directories and files shares. An EMC blog states: “Users will now be able to access their Isilon-based home directories and fileshares from their Syncplicity mobile app, with or without an EMC Syncplicity account … In the future, EMC will extend this feature to additional storage solutions.”

Syncplicity mobile apps have been redesigned and we have:

“Behavioural data” for collaborators sounds sinister. It’s probably something to do with giving team members data on who has accessed shared files and maybe information about what they’ve done with them – very Big Brother-ish, but necessary in business.

Syncplicity security features have been upgraded with group-level policy control. This means “different policies for sharing, security, desktop, web and mobile can be applied to different user groups like marketing and engineering. Policy sets are 'ranked' so the system knows which policy to apply to a user that exists in multiple groups.”

With rights management controls, users can also set access type permission levels on files; read/write, copy, print, watermark, offline access, and screen capture. Permission levels can be varied for different locations.

There are Syncplicity Storage Vaults coming which let admin staff “store content in a public cloud or private cloud on-premise — based on user, group, folder file or content types.”

The actual storage arrays used can be EMC’s Isilon, Atmos, VNX/VNXe storage arrays, VIPR front-ending arrays, or third-party storage solutions, via NFS3.

All-in-all, Syncplicity management facilities are getting a hell of a lot more capable but also, inevitably, Syncplicity administration becomes more complex, possibly to the point of feature overload. As a side example of this, look at the new feature delivery schedule:

Simple - right? ®