File sync and sharing (FSS) tools (think Dropbox) are increasingly being used across businesses. They’re easy to use and can drastically help improve collaboration. While the market is healthy and growing, Osterman Research found that these applications are “not fully meeting the needs of corporate governance requirements.”

Osterman went on to mention that most FSS tools are not yet “enterprise grade” meaning that they aren’t meeting enterprise requirements for data protection and IT control over corporate content.

It’s true, many of the tools available in this market don’t currently meet IT’s security requirements and this has ushered in a subset of the industry, the “Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” market. Earlier in the year, Gartner put out a marketscope report highlighting the vendors in this space.

The net is that this particular space is a crowded one with many vendors competing and taking slightly different approaches. For example, pure cloud, on-premise, and hybrid represent three different types of architecture in this EFSS market.

According to Gartner’s Marketscope report, the following three vendors were rated as “strong positive” which is the highest ranking in that report.

1.) Accellion - Based in Palo Alto, Accellion provides “secure mobile file sharing.” Gartner’s report noted that Accellion has serious strength in security capabilities including device data encryption; multi-LDAP/application development (AD) integration and SAML integration for single sign-on authentication; FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security; and compliance certifications for HIPAA, SOX, PCI and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

2.) Box - A fast growing company, Box often gets the spotlight as a silicon valley darling with a popular CEO. Gartner notes that Box has an advantage with it’s “rich integration API” where Box has created an impressive partner ecosystem and will surely add more integration and partnerships moving forward. Noteworthy customers include popular names such as RedBull, MTV, and Stanford University.

3.) Citrix: Back in 2011, Citrix acquired ShareFile. Citrix ShareFile is a hybrid solution, with synchronization and sharing capabilities provided as a service, while corporate data storage can be kept on-premise or in the cloud. With 2011 revenue of more than $2 billion, Citrix is definitely the largest company of the three.

Are you currently using any of these services? What would you recommend?

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