Accellion, Box, Citrix and EMC are leading EFSS vendors, says Gartner

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Employee use of public cloud storage services has been the bane of IT's existence since the BYOD trend began. The risk that sensitive corporate files stored with these services could be lost or stolen has kept many IT security pros awake at night.

To ease security concerns, a number of cloud storage vendors have turned to developing file storage, synchronization and sharing products specifically for the enterprise.

According to Gartner's latest magic quadrant report, the leaders in the enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS) space are Accellion, Box (a major public cloud storage provider), Citrix and EMC. Challengers are Dropbox (another major public cloud storage provider), Google, IBM and Microsoft.

Visionaries are Alfresco and WatchDox, while Niche Players include Acronis, AirWatch, Egnyte, Hightail, Huddle, Intralinks, Novell, ownCloud and Workshare.

Gartner defines the EFSS market as covering a "range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that enable individuals to synchronize and share documents, photos, videos and files across multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. File sharing can be within the organization, as well as externally (e.g., with partners and customers) or on a mobile device as data sharing among apps."

EFSS can be provided through the cloud, on premise, or as a hybrid solution. There are two types of EFSS offerings: a stand-alone product with file synchronization and sharing as a core capability, and file synchronization and sharing added to established collaboration, content management or storage products.

Gartner forecasts that the EFSS market will generate around $400 million in software revenue--including licenses, SaaS/cloud-based apps and maintenance and technical support--by the end of this year and more than $500 million by 2016.

For more:
- check out the Gartner EFSS magic quadrant report

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