Like a post-PC Paul Revere, the tech world has been screaming ‘The Cloud is Coming! The Cloud is Coming!’ While Apple’s iCloud is seen as the ultimate convenience for consumers, enterprises concerned about security have been tethered to a laptop or desktop. Now a developer has created a free iOS app specifically for business users wanting secure cloud-based file-transfers.
Syncplicity, which develops cloud-based file-management and backup products, recently announced an iPhone app tailored to the enterprise. Syncplicity users can browse, share and manage all their files from the iPhone, whether the data is stored on their Mac, SharePoint servers, the corporate network or in Google Docs.
“We use Syncplicity company-wide to make our teams more productive, our data more secure and have saved 70 percent of our IT file management budget in the process,” said Brandon Gage, Senior Vice President of Technology for United Capital.
The new iPhone app eliminates “the need for anyone to email a file just to have smartphone access to it while on the road,” he adds.
To answer enterprise security concerns, the new cloud iPhone app provides AES-256 encryption for all data and metadata stored or cached on the Apple handset, as well as that transferred. The app also lets business users cut the link between their handset and their Syncplicity account, allowing any data linked to the service to be remotely wiped.
Answering another security concern for enterprises, the iOS app also offers a powerful versioning ability. If a file is accidentally overwritten, an iPhone or iPad user can roll the file back to a previous version, the change instantly reflected on the corporate file server, as well as SharePoint or Google Docs.
A free 30-day trial Syncplicity Business Edition account is available from the San Francisco, Calif. based company.