8 Cloud Tools For Road Warriors
November 27, 2012 11:26 AM Cloud services have become indispensable for doing business on the move. Check out these valuable tools.
Many Clouds -- But Only One UI
In many organizations, individual teams and departments might store data in different places using different services. In such heterogeneous environments, on-the-go workers can be forced to juggle multiple apps while IT administrators juggle multiple policy dashboards and security concerns. AppSense's free DataNow app for iOS and Android strives to simplify this by allowing users to manipulate multiple cloud repositories in roughly the same way that they can manage multiple accounts within a mobile device's native email client.
The app offers links to DropBox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Citrix ShareFile and other popular cloud services, making it a one-stop hub for wrangling data spread across numerous contact points. A simple touch-based interface allows files to be shared via email or transferred from one cloud provider to another, and options are also available to remotely access traditional storage using FTP or WebDAV.
While road warriors will appreciate a single interface for organizing and accessing files in different cloud-based lockers, IT administrators will appreciate the app's backend controls and security features. These include the ability to limit to how data is accessed -- for example, one option allows users to access files only while connected to the Internet; another option stores local copies of recently opened files so that a subset of data is available for offline use. Encryption can be applied to individual files for additional granular control.