In today's business climate, mobile productivity is essential. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are no longer luxuries - they are strategic business tools. And now the pressure is mounting for IT teams to adapt their enterprise-computing infrastructure to address these mobile demands.
AppSense DataNow combines the convenience of anywhere data access for users with the IT infrastructure integration and governance capabilities that enterprises demand. With DataNow, users can be productive on any device, while IT maintains complete control over where critical data is stored and how it is accessed.
At the heart of AppSense DataNow is a data broker that can be added to your existing IT infrastructure within minutes. The DataNow broker, delivered as a virtual appliance, works in concert with a collection of native applications for Windows, Mac, smartphone, and tablet devices to make users instantly productive anywhere without compromising IT governance, efficiency, and economics.
With DataNow, both IT teams and users can work the same way they always have. DataNow extends the current Microsoft Active Directory and home directory paradigm to the mobile world. Now, there is no need to provision parallel storage capacity or manage users in multiple places.
The DataNow broker communicates with your existing storage infrastructure using standard communications protocols such as SMB/CIFS. It unlocks new value from your existing investments rather than trying to replace them or forcing substantial configuration changes. The DataNow clients communicate with the broker over HTTPS, providing simplicity, security, and user convenience.
DataNow offers several modes of operation to balance considerations such as mobile user productivity, security, and storage capacity of mobile devices:
In addition to offering complete control over where corporate data resides, DataNow includes a simple - yet flexible - policy creation interface to govern access to corporate data. IT teams can create foundational policies through an intuitive drag-and-drop interface or build their own customized policies.
While DataNow makes it easy to enable anywhere productivity using existing on-premises storage hardware, its storage-agnostic approach also provides an optional migration path to public cloud storage.
In the future, cloud connectors will allow IT teams to shift backend storage to the cloud without disrupting user workflow. IT teams can choose to store all data in their own data center, shift storage to the cloud, or combine the two approaches to reach an optimal mix between control and cost-efficiency.