Solving the ‘Working From Home With Large Files Problem’

lockdown workingThe shift from working from an office to working from home / remotely due to the pandemic looks like it is here to stay for many companies, even post pandemic. End users have had to cope with moving from being always connected via a high speed line to SMB shares to working across consumer broadband from B2B2C file services. Prospects and customers have helped us create a pretty clear picture of the problems this has caused them and below we outline the top three things that we have been told:

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Why companies should consider seamless recovery of Office365 and MS Teams file data as part of their CyberSecurity and DR Strategy

Microsoft Teams BackupData continues to grow inside of companies at an exponential rate, with the pandemic fuelling an acceleration of many companies digital transformation strategy.

What we have seen is that many companies have embraced Microsoft Teams and Office 365, often in short order due to business remote working needs.

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Steps to ensure CCPA Compliance for Remote or Hybrid Workers

CCPAHow Organizations treat data privacy has never been under more scrutiny and there have been various legislation changes to protect data consumers including, initially, The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and more recently the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

The CCPA became law on Jan 1st 2020 becoming the  first, but unlikely to be the last,  data privacy law to be enacted in the United States. It is a state rather than federal law but it requires any company that manages the data of California citizens to comply with the CCPA terms and definitions.

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CISO Bulletin: Companies use of Multi-Cloud is on the Increase

multicloudA new 2020 survey by Flexera highlights the increasing use of multi-cloud services within Companies.

Over 750 SMB’s (Small to Medium Businesses) took part in the survey which was conducted in the first quarter of 2020, in February and March.  Of the respondents  554 where classed as enterprise respondents as opposed to 196 Small to Medium Business respondents. SMB’s were defined as having fewer than 1,000 employees whereas enterprise was defined as having more than 1,000 employees.

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Using the File Fabric’s Home Page feature for Employee information

Home PageOne of the lesser known features of the File Fabric is the ability to define widgets for the File Fabric home  landing page.

This enables both Admins and users to have an input into user home pages when they login to the File Fabric. This feature is available on the SaaS and Enterprise versions of the File Fabric.

The File Fabric Home Page is normally the first things a user will see, although there is a policy that File Fabric Administrators can set to make this the File Manager if they wish for a more streamlined experience, but nevertheless the home page is a great place for Administrators to add instructions for employees, shortcuts or other productivity widgets.

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How to securely and productively enable employees to work from home using existing company data with the File Fabric

Remote Working CoronavirusOne of the things the Coronavirus Covid-19 has brought sharply into focus is the topic of employee remote working.  Whether this is to limit the spread of the virus or because employees are self isolating, many companies may find themselves in a position where a significant part of their workforce is working out of the office.

The aim of this post is to outline how the File Fabric software may help companies who wish to prepare or facilitate remote working.

Firstly some background on the File Fabric.  The File Fabric is a secure multi-cloud content management data collaboration solution. It does not provide any storage rather it indexes and works with existing on-premise or on-cloud storage silos. It unites files in these disparate storage platforms to provide a single cohesive way for people to securely work and collaborate.

The File Fabric has a strong ethos and governance and compliance of the data that it indexes and makes available providing event based audit and configurable compliance policies.

There are three ways to use the File Fabric today:

1.  For small businesses from our SaaS hosted platform. This version of the File Fabric does not have all of the features of the enterprise version.

2.  Enterprise Version that is self hosted by a company and can be deployable on-premises or on-cloud.

3.  For free using our self hosted personal version.

Let’s take a looks at some of the challenges and solutions that may be faced by remote workers and how the File Fabric solves them.

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Securely working with multi-cloud data in Microsoft Teams using the File Fabric

Microsoft Teams multi-cloudThis is a follow on from our similar blog post on integrating Slack with the File Fabric.

Microsoft Teams is an alternative to Slack that has gained a lot of traction particularly in the last couple of week because of the need for employees to work from home. We have had several requests of how the File Fabric can be used within Teams and this post outlines how this can be achieved.

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Securely working with multi-cloud data in Slack using the File Fabric

Slack Multi-CloudAs more people are forced to work remotely due to Covid-19 we felt it was worth doing a blog refresh on the ways to work with the File Fabric and the chat collaboration app,  Slack.

The File Fabric has a specific integration with Slack that promotes securely sharing files, from just about any storage repository, directly from Slack. To add the File Fabric to a Slack account simply add it from the Slack marketplace.

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