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Egnyte Moves Into Data Governance With Cloud And On-Prem Data Protection

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Today, Egnyte introduced a software as a service hybrid data governance solution, which helps to further evolve the company from a departmental solution to an enterprise play. In many ways, Egnyte Protect is a combination of security (DRM/IRM-like), digital loss prevention (DLP), data governance, mobile security, classification and additional encryption added to the core communication channels in Egnyte's enterprise file sync and share solution.

There are a lot of moving parts, but Egnyte believes that its "repository-agnostic" approach and linkage with both public cloud and on-premises data stores is needed in the healthcare, financial services and media and entertainment industries, among others.

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One of the company's beta customers for Egnyte Protect, Yamaha Corporation of America, has three use cases. The first is protecting business-critical assets in SharePoint, going well beyond the functionality offered by Microsoft. Since Yamaha must comply with J-SOX (Japan's flavor of Sarbaines-Oxley Sections 302 and 404), access control and encryption are paramount. Egnyte Connect is able to accomplish these. Finally, Egnyte can enforce retention policies of documents spanning silo'ed repositories, with implementation time being a fraction of that of classic enterprise records management (ERM) tools.

As we found in our earlier review of enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solutions, Egnyte has a very compelling offering for businesses looking to replace, extend or augment existing document management solutions. In its "team first" model, Egnyte exposes and manages assets in other tools, which helps to future proof organizations from vendor lock in.

Egnyte's connectivity now includes Box, Dropbox, EMC Documentum, Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint and on-premises repositories such as file shares. The only auspicious omission is Citrix ShareFile, which recently announced its own IRM solution (created in partnership with Seclore) and a strengthened relationship with Microsoft, encompassing governance and security improvements.

Egnyte also has excellent connectivity to enterprise systems such as, to expose protected files from directly within assets under control, and electronic mail.

All of these assets can be protected under the data governance solution announced today. Egnyte will also be renaming its flagship EFSS product to Egnyte Connect.

Egnyte Protect will be generally available on June 27th. Customers interested in the beta program can contact Egnyte now. Pricing is based on a monthly subscription.