10 Best Practices for Installing a File Synchronization System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-04-28

According to a recent Gartner Research report, there has been an "explosive" level of interest in file synchronization to go with sharing and other collaboration capabilities in the enterprise. This goes hand-in-hand with tight IT control as required by the enterprise and, in many cases, by regulatory agencies. The acronym for this type of system is EFSS, or enterprise file synchronization and sharing. This is largely, but not completely, due to the astounding increase of personal connected devices used to handle sensitive business data in the workplace, and it involves more than just mobile device management. Major drivers for this new priority are the growing adoption of personal media tablets, smartphones and laptops—as well as all the cloud services that come with them. This eWEEK slide show, using research from Gartner and industry intelligence from cloud data services provider CTERA Networks, offers 10 best practices for enterprises to use when deciding upon an EFSS management and security package.

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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