Accellion - RSA 2012: Dropbox Alternative for the Enterprises





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Published on Mar 5, 2012

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Jack: Here at RSA 2012 I stopped by Accellion. I'm going to talk to John Allen. So tell me, this is, what is this? Dropbox for the Enterprise, can we call it that?

John: This is Dropbox for the Enterprise. Most security executives are looking to try to turn off Dropbox and they can't, because they don't have a switch to give to their executives.

Jack: Nothing that says easy is that to use.

John: That's right. Executives are using this, everybody in the organization's using this, and it's easy but it's insecure. So, Accellion can actually offer them the same type of ease of use, but something that they can control, manage, and give to their executives to use and be effective with.

Jack: So where does the data live? Is it on the cloud somewhere or is it riding on top of file servers?

John: That's right. So, we give the customer a private cloud. That can be on premise or off premise, but it's private cloud. It's not multi-tenant, it is not co-mingling data with Joe consumer. It is their private cloud storage that they control and operate.

Jack: Yeah, yeah and I see you have an iPad here. What's it like? What appliance do you have for it?

John: Yeah. We operate on the iPad, the iPhone, the Blackberry and the Android, as well as Windows 7.

Jack: Those are all native?

John: They're native local apps. You just click it, you get access to your content. This content can be-

Jack: Synced locally?

John: Yeah. It can be the private cloud, it can be local shared. It can be working with the SharePoint folder, or NSF Note folder. It's all the corporate information you need to do your job.

Jack: So, is there a way for admins to set permissions for like what applications can open files, or things like that? Or is it more of a like transparent, straight-through model, like Dropbox?

John: Yeah. You can do that, but these type tools aren't meant for admins to control. This is a business user tool. A business user doesn't want to talk to an admin to get access to their shared information. A business user wants to get their job done, and that's one of the challenges. Today business users have a lot of power, and we want to enable them to have the power that they need, but to make sure it's sure it's secure within the enterprise.

Jack: So, from my end it still works, just like, there's a folder, I sync to it and that's all I have to worry about.

John: That's right.

Jack: And I can just rest assured that it's more secure on the back end than other products, than Dropbox.

John: Absolutely. Business users self service. They self service themselves. They control their own world, and it's secure from the enterprise perspective.

Jack: Okay,well, thanks for your time today.

John: You're welcome, Jack. Good conference.

Jack: Great. Thank you.


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