Cloud-based file sharing infrastructure provider Egnyte is releasing a new content storage/sharing infrastructure designed to enable organizations with sensitive or regulated data to obtain the benefits of public cloud data access while keeping data behind a private firewall.

“Whether you use a cloud-based or hybrid data storage app, your data is going into a public cloud,” Egnyte CEO/Co-founder Vineet Jain explained to CMSWire during a phone interview. “Some companies have data that can’t live outside the firewall. They want the advantages of the public cloud but maintain firewall protection.”

To help these organizations, today Egnyte introduced Egnyte Cloud Control at the Egnyte 2012 Firestorm Conference in San Francisco. “The biggest problem with the cloud, other than the fact your data is in the cloud, is that midmarket and large enterprises have different platforms,” said Jain.

Cloud Control remedies the situation by essentially providing cloud-based access to data that never actually resides in the cloud. Using what Jain called “delegated access,” users send queries and requests for protected data across the cloud and behind the firewall. If their permissions are in order, Cloud Control then sends the data back to them across the cloud, but the data is never stored there.

“Cloud Control is like a quilt stitched together of different storage devices and cloud types,” said Jain. This “quilt,” known as a “Global Name Space,” allows nodes to be placed in different geographies. Cloud Control automatically downloads data from the fastest point, so that a user with a mobile device could have access to data stored on a server in a nearby corporate office, for example.

Today Egnyte also introduced the new EgnytePlus Partner and Developer programs that create an “ecosystem” of third-party best-of-breed complementary solutions from vendors including IBM, and Google. 

Egnyte Tackles File Sharing

Cloud Control is the latest step in Egnyte’s effort to provide convenient and safe file sharing for all users, regardless of issues relating to existing technology infrastructure or security. Last month, Egnyte released EgnytePlus, a platform and partnership program aimed at allowing users to create their own cloud-based file sharing infrastructure that integrates with existing IT investments.

Specifically, EgnytePlus lets users add cloud-based tiers including data sharing, replicating and archiving to traditional on-premises storage solutions. In addition, users can perform cloud-based tasks such as real-time online collaboration, file backup and sync and accessing of files from any on-premises or mobile device, from any location.

Creating a Working Cloud Database Strategy

Egnyte Cloud Control is ultimately a tool companies can use as part of a larger cloud database strategy. InfoWorld recommends three steps to creating a comprehensive cloud database strategy -- understanding data, defining data security and governance objectives, and defining a path to improvement rather than a migration. While Cloud Control in and of itself is not a tool for understanding data, it certainly can serve as the foundation for data security and governance objectives and also help improve how data is stored and retrieved.

Currently Cloud Control is in beta and accepting applications for beta usage. It will be generally available in February 2013.