Egnyte Mobile Data Management Suite Aims at BYOD Businesses
The launch comes as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives continue to gain traction among small businesses.Enterprise file sharing and synchronization specialist Egnyte announced its mobile data management suite, designed to offer enterprises control over corporate data through a variety of device and file management strategies. The suite is designed to give enterprise IT departments the ability to allow employees to use their own notebooks and mobile devices in the work environment while enabling them to maintain tight control over corporate data and minimize costs. The launch comes as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives continue to gain traction, though data security and employee privacy issues present a challenge to IT departments. A recent study from industry analyst firm Ovum found that more than half (57 percent) of all full-time employees use a personal device to access corporate data. However, almost 80 percent of BYOD activity is still going unmanaged in the workplace, suggesting a growing need for cost-effective mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Egnyte's platform attempts to assuage these concerns through management features such as a device control panel that provides an integrated, central view of all end-user devices connected to a company's account. IT admins can view information about the user, device type, last time of access and other data, and can take corrective actions such as disconnecting or wiping a device from the control panel in the event the device is compromised. In addition, users can view their own devices, allowing for self-service when needed.
"Egnyte offers our customers the option of using Egnyte in conjunction with their MDM solution or using our new capabilities as a MDM-light solution," Vineet Jain, Egnyte's CEO, said in a statement. "With the native security and management capabilities, IT departments can reduce costs by getting everything they need in one place. More importantly, they can be confident their files and data are safe."