By Ingo Fuchs, Senior Manager, Marketing
For years we mobile workers have struggled with getting access to “our” corporate data, always hoping that IT departments would figure out a way to make our lives easier – or at least trying not to get caught using our favorite tools (I’m looking at you Dropbox). You know who you are - you spend more time in airports, meeting rooms and hotels than at home. When you walk into a bar in a Silicon Valley hotel the bartender pours your favorite beer as soon as you walk in, knows you by name and your favorite vacation destination.
Today, with its sights clearly on us mobile users, NetApp announced a new product, enabling secure, mobile access to corporate data, called NetApp Connect.
NetApp Connect consists of essentially two components.
First – a server component that runs in your organizations’ data center (on-premise) and takes care of authentication (integrated with your existing infrastructure, so no new passwords to remember), streaming of content (like office docs and intranet applications) and policy enforcement (what you are allowed to access and how).
Second – a client app that runs on your mobile device and provides the sleek, native app experience we mobile users have come to expect.
So what do you do with NetApp Connect? I use it to access all of my corporate content from my iPad mini and iPhone. Everything I need to access sits either in my home directory, file shares, SharePoint sites or behind intranet applications (such as intranet pages, CRM and ERP tools, etc.). These are all supported data sources in NetApp Connect. I tap on a file to open it and I can review/present/annotate/comment as I please (as long as I have the right permissions), or use the built-in browser to get to my intranet sites without needing clunky VPN access.
A typical use case for me is presenting slides on the road. I now only bring my iPad and a display adapter to plug it into a projector. NetApp Connect provides pixel-perfect rendering, which means that I can easily present my slides without the awkward mis-renders that you usually get from native viewers (you know what I am talking about – diagrams all messed up, wrong fonts, bullets using Cyrillic for some reason and the like). With pixel-perfect rendering everything looks exactly right, even when I zoom into a spreadsheet or Word document.
The best part is that all of “my” content is always stored and brought back to where it should sit – storage systems inside the corporate data center. I don’t have to worry about outdated data or running backups. I can have offline copies when needed (don’t you wish every plane had WiFi?), but everything is brought back to the corporate data center when I get back online.
NetApp Connect combines the ease-of-use of your typical mobile experience with the control, data protection and compliance enforcement desired by IT.
Go check it out – we have a video demo ready for you here: http://www.netapp.com/us/products/software/connect.aspx
And watch the product in action here: http://www.netapp.com/us/library/videos.aspx?videoId=2376741043001
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