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Last month, our Client Systems Engineer, Raymond, talked about the evolution of cloud storage and the advantage of OneDrive for Business. But if your industry or business model has concerns with security regulations in cloud storage, then the cloud storage solution you’re looking for is Citrix ShareFile.

But most businesses have started using MS Office 365 and if its readily-available OneDrive is short of meeting their industry’s regulatory compliance, how will they have enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) and continue with their collaboration practices?

Christopher Anderson from Citrix has given an insight on how Citrix ShareFile can help businesses make the most out of their Microsoft Office 365. This is through the enterprise-grade sync-and-share capabilities.

ShareFile complements Office 365 by providing a few added benefits, such as on-premises StorageZones (including using your own Azure storage), connectors to existing data repositories, integrations with XenApp and XenDesktop, data protection with information rights management and integrations with existing DLP providers.

ShareFile also has three value-add integrations which can enhance your end-users’ experience with Office 365:

  • Co-author Office files directly from within the ShareFile Web Application and enhanced integrations with Microsoft’s iOS mobile applications.

  • ShareFile Connectors for Microsoft Office 365 repositories, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

  • ShareFile Outlook Plug-in.

If you want to get a demo of Citrix ShareFile and how it can integrate with your Office 365, call us to schedule a consultation.

Integration with Office Online and Microsoft Mobile Apps:

Earlier in 2016, Citrix announced further integrations with Microsoft Office Online with the introduction of co-authoring. This takes Citrix ShareFile’s collaboration tools to the next level, allowing multiple users to edit Office documents within the ShareFile web application is a single session. This removes the inefficiency of sending a file to multiple users and managing that document manually to ensure each user is properly using check-in / check-out or merging everyone’s changes.

For mobile device users, they can add their ShareFile account to their Microsoft Mobile Apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint. They can edit the documents in their ShareFile account through their device. They can also start in the ShareFile app and select the document and choose “open with Microsoft (App).” This allows for productive users even when not in front of their work desktop.

Connectors to Office 365:

A core element of the ShareFile Enterprise version is “integrate with what you have today.” It lives in the reality that not every customer will be able to migrate their data immediately to ShareFile. So to help end users stay productive, they developed connectors to many storage repositories to both SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. This is called the ShareFile Connector for Office 365 and allows users to access and edit their SharePoint Online and OneDrive from Business accounts from ShareFile, and provide the enterprise with the flexibility to determine how and where users store files while not hampering the end user ability to get their work done.

ShareFile Outlook Plug-in

ShareFile was initially developed on the premise of “large and secure file transfers.” With their ShareFile Outlook Plug-in, users are able to send large and secure files through Microsoft Outlook for Windows without disturbing their traditional workflow. The Encrypted Email is also a feature of the ShareFile Outlook Plugin, giving the users the ability to encrypt the entire body of the message instead of just the attachments, ensure heightened security.