Novell has launched Filr, a tool designed to enable enterprise employees to access their corporate files anywhere on any device, but delivered from an on-premise server rather than storing them in the cloud.
Available now, Filr is designed to address the growing need for workers to have access to data and documents wherever they may be, and on a variety of endpoint devices.
As such, Filr is a rival for services such as Dropbox. But, unlike these, it builds upon an organisation's existing on-premise infrastructure and access control mechanisms, including Active Directory or NetIQ eDirectory.
"Unlike any other file-sharing solution on the market today, Novell Filr provides the access and collaboration capabilities to keep employees happy and productive, while meeting IT's need for enhanced security, compliance and the ability to leverage established policies and protocols," said Novell president Bob Flynn.
For end users, Filr simply gives them access to all their files and shared network folders from almost any device and at any location, according to Novell.
On the client side, it supports Windows PCs running XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8, Mac OS X, iPhone and iPad, Android and BlackBerry 10 devices. Content can also be accessed via a browser.
At the back-end, Filr is deployed as three virtual machines, comprising the Novell Filr Appliance, a MySQL Database Appliance and the Novell Search Index Appliance. The virtual machines must be deployed on VMware infrastructure, but can serve up files and network shares stored on Windows Server 2003 / 2008 R2 or Novell Open Enterprise Server.
Novell Filr is licensed on a per-user basis and sold as an annual subscription in 50-user license packs. A 50-user perpetual license is also available. Pricing starts at about $45 (£29) per user per year. Novell, formerly an IT giant in the early days of PC networking, was acquired by Attachmate in 2011.
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