Accellion lifts the lid on kiteworks

Mobile-first technology will increase productivity, claims file sharing firm

Accellion has launched a secure file share and sync productivity product that it claims will allow remote workers to be more efficient and effective in their jobs.

Dubbed kiteworks, the offering allows users to work on files from any device, anywhere at any time, the company claims, and offers native integration with EMC's Documentum and SharePoint Online.

The vendor claims the product has been designed to provide a unified look and feel across all devices, both mobile and desktop, and in the browser for a better user experience.

Accellion also claims the app, which includes tools to for creating, editing and annotating Microsoft Office documents, is intuitive enough that users can start using it from day one with no need for training.

Paul Steiner, managing director EMEA at Accellion, told Cloud Pro: “When we designed this we had the mobile user in mind, which means we designed it like a mobile app.

“It is totally icon-based with very little, if any text. It’s totally intuitive, with no learning curve – if you know how to use a mobile app, you can use kiteworks.”

While the company’s kitepoint offering, which was launched in May 2013, had previously focused on mobile file sharing, Steiner said kiteworks was the first offering to be built from the ground up with mobile in mind.

“kiteworks includes all the features of kitepoint, but it takes it to the next level from a usability, security and scalability point of view,” he said.

According to Steiner, one of the advantages of kiteworks is it gives customers the choice of where to deploy it.

“You can deploy kiteworks on your own infrastructure while making it securely accessible to the user, or we offer a cloud option as well.

“There is of course always the possibility to set it up as a hybrid solution too. With kiteworks we offer a new, triple tier architecture - web layer, application layer, and data layer – and you can chose to have all of them behind the firewall, or none, or a mix, which helps overcome data sovereignty concerns” Steiner explained.

kiteworks is available immediately.