Data anywhere, any time, any device; Project Octopus and Mozy Stash

VMware’s End User Computing is all about the end user in the post-pc era. It is user centric. In this concept, the user should be able to access the right applications and data from anywhere, any time and any device. This time I would like to focus on the Data part.

In the traditional way of working data often resides on a PC. The problem here is that data is tied to a device and not to a user. The user needs to access that device (sitting inside a corporate building) to get to the data.

Many companies nowadays use shared drives and/or home drives for users. This way users can save data on central file servers. When they logon to a PC in the environment, they can get to their data. It’s a step forward but what about accessing data from outside the corporate LAN, from different devices like tablets, smart phones, Macs etc?

Many of you know Dropbox or Box.net. Basically it is data storage in the cloud. Your data is accessible from a lot of different devices. If you change a file from 1 device, you will see that change on other devices as well. There are a couple of challenges to Dropbox and Box.net (and other products like them); IT doesn’t have any control over data that’s stored with those cloud products and though, they can’t set policies. That is a big concern because we are talking about corporate data here. Corporate data in general is valuable and some data can also be very sensitive. As a company you would like to be able to control that kind of data.

That’s where Project Octopus and Mozy Stash come into play;

  •  Project Octopus; 

Announced at VMware World 2011 in Las Vegas. Project Octopus is called the “Dropbox of the enterprise”. It will come as a virtual appliance, an OVF file to be installed on premise behind the firewall. IT can set policies; quota, what can be shared outside the company, versioning, history tracking, access/security and manage data based on how old data is-set expiration dates and delete data after that. Project Octopus will work with VMware View, Zimbra, Horizon App Manager and Project Appblast. You can find screenshots here and also a great video here. If you would like to stay up to date and participate in the upcoming beta, go to vmwareoctopus.com

  • Mozy Stash;

Mozy Stash is probably not known as widely as Project Octopus but reality is, it has been in beta for a while now already! Yes, you can give it a try! Read the Mozy Stash FAQ.

Mozy is known as an online file backup company/product but Mozy is moving on. Mozy Stash will be similar as Dropbox and also be hosted off premise, in the Mozy data centers. Mozy Stash can be installed on Windows and Mac devices and also has an IOS and Android App.

A stash folder will appear after installation of the Windows/Mac software. When you add data, this data will be synced with the cloud so all connected devices will have the same up to date files and folders to access. During the beta only MozyHome accounts can be used. It’s intended to add Stash to MozyPro accounts in the future. Up till 5 computers can be tied to your Stash.

It is relevant to mention Mozy Stash will be a feature of MozyPro and MozyHome rather than a stand-alone offering. So you can backup your Mac/Windows device (all your files) but also have a magic Stash folder to share your data or have it accessible from many devices. This sharing feature currently isn’t in the beta. Also in a future release it will be posible for IT departments to set policies and permissions for Stash, to proactively manage data with group policies. Reactive monitoring like auditing, roll out software and users should also be possible.

So all together, interesting products are coming on the data side! I cancelled my Dropbox renewal and put everything on Mozy. Fair is fair, it is a beta product but it is working for me!

Thanks to Ted Haeger for providing me the information about Mozy Stash.

 

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