Key Take Away for Forrester Wave ‘s EFSS Report – Acronis and Citrix Emerge As Strong Perfomer

Forrester Wave released report on the 10 EFSS (Enterprise File Sync And Share Platforms)  vendors – — Accellion, Acronis, BlackBerry, Citrix, Egnyte, IBM, Microsoft, Syncplicity, Varonis, and VMware . The report assesses the state of the EFSS hybrid market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top vendors in the marketplace.

Strong Performers

Acronis differentiates with a policy-driven approach to secure file sharing. Acronis provides flexible deployment options. These include a multitenant cloud with the Acronis Files Cloud solution; an on-premises option that includes a content gateway service to connect to existing sources (such as file shares, ECM systems, and SharePoint sites); or a hybrid approach that is installed on-premises but works with cloud storage services. Acronis has 14 data centers globally, allowing a client with data sovereignty needs to specify a storage location. Such clients can alternatively work with a service provider to host data storage in a private cloud. A policy engine provides a broad set of options to control content-sharing capabilities, enable role-based content distribution, and manage mobile app configurations. Customers report a relatively high level of satisfaction with search, integration capabilities, and overall mobile user experience. However, customers report a relatively low level of satisfaction for professional services, especially for training.

Citrix extends its EFSS platform to meet the needs of key vertical markets. Citrix has diversified its ShareFile offering — an early entrant into the cloud EFSS market — to address the demands of customers who need the flexibility of a hybrid approach. Citrix ShareFile supports Citrix-managed cloud storage, customer- managed on-premises storage, cloud services with AWS or Microsoft Azure, or a hybrid combination. Citrix provides connectors for network drives, SharePoint, and ECM systems. Citrix offers advanced collaboration via premium bundles that incorporate its Podio product for workflow, real-time feeds, comments, and discussions. Citrix has enhanced its vertical market focus, supporting needs of regulated industries, and has expanded support for DLP, secure deal rooms, and customer-owned encryption keys. When used in conjunction with Citrix’s XenMobile mobile management offering, extended support is available for rights management and geofencing. Customers report high levels of satisfaction with file sharing among internal and external participants; however, they rated overall satisfaction relatively low.


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Source: Forrester Wave 2016Q2 Report


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