Oxygen Cloud Enables iPads, iPhones for Business Use

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-03 Print this article Print

Little-known Oxygen Cloud, a beta-level online service, has begun providing support for large-scale enterprise migration to private storage clouds.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- If you and your company are interested in using iPads and iPhones instead of BlackBerrys or other devices on an enterprise network, read on.

Little-known Oxygen Cloud, a beta-level online service that connects people, data and their devices within a company to a single virtual file system, announced Nov. 3 that it will begin providing similar support for large-scale enterprise migration to private storage clouds.

The announcement was made at the Cloud Expo 2010 here at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

That support includes users who prefer to deploy their personal devices for business -- and those can include the iPad and iPhone.

Oxygen Cloud provides native desktop access to data stored in public and private clouds and makes cloud storage directly available to business users. The Newark, Calif.-based company has been focusing on small and medium-size enterprises.

Oxygen Cloud also enables an enterprise to mix and match files and data from multiple public clouds, as well as setting up its own private cloud to meet specific business requirements, such as security, reliability, geography, performance and cost.

Enterprise users currently can choose from such public cloud storage providers as Amazon, Cloud Leverage, Rackspace, Iron Mountain and Nirvanix.

Users also can commission Oxygen's enterprise private cloud service -- along with specialized tools to manage security, provision users and allocate storage settings -- for private cloud providers such as EMC Atmos.

"Oxygen can play a pivotal role in private cloud deployment and adoption," said Alex Teu, vice president of Business Development at Oxygen Cloud. "We empower enterprises to extract maximum value from their choice of private cloud vendors by completing the solution with end user and IT applications for cloud storage."

Oxygen's administrative tools allow IT to control access permissions, maintain user profiles and manage storage allocation -- balancing users' storage and collaboration demands without sacrificing IT's need to meet security and management requirements, Teu said.

Oxygen Cloud is a member of EMC's Velocity Atmos Partner Program. Signups for the Oxygen beta program are available now.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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