Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) platforms have become a staple for large organizations to securely store, organize and access huge amounts of corporate data across a variety of devices, either in the cloud or on-premises.
Hybrid EFSS platforms offer enterprises the flexibility to connect data both in the cloud and on-premises. This is a major benefit to enterprises ready to migrate to the cloud that don’t want to move entire heaps of data still residing on-premises.
In The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Hybrid Solutions, Q2 2016, Forrester ranks the 10 most significant hybrid EFSS providers. VMware was cited among vendors that “lead the pack.”
The VMware platform—VMware AirWatch EMM, VMware AirWatch Video, VMware Content Locker and VMware Socialcast—enables enterprises to connect a broad set of content repositories. VMware connects cloud services and on-premises repositories from both first- and third-party providers, and offers users a variety of ways to access that content.
VMware received the third-highest score in the market presence category, and the Forrester report states that VMware customers report a “relatively high level of satisfaction with AirWatch’s overall capabilities….”
Here’s what Forrester said about the VMware platform:
“VMware drives its secure, hybrid EFSS offering through a large global channel. VMware’s AirWatch product benefits from a channel of 75,000 resellers. Deployment options include the AirWatch content repository (on-premises or in cloud) or third-party cloud environments. VMware provides connectors for cloud services (such as Box, Google Drive, or Office 365) for on-premises content stores (such as SharePoint, network file servers, or ECM systems). VMware supports the CMIS standard to integrate to a broad set of content applications. Users have a wide range of file access options, including the secure Content Locker app for mobile use, as well as plug-ins for Outlook, web, and desktop sync. Extended collaboration capabilities are available in a premium bundle that includes Socialcast social networking capabilities. Customers report a relatively high level of satisfaction with AirWatch’s overall capabilities, particularly for integration and interoperability, security, and life-cycle management. Training services were the only notable area in which customers did not report strong satisfaction.”
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