Most enterprises today view mobility as a strategic initiative that will increase productivity and efficiency, enrich their business process and enable them to compete in a fast changing world. Mobility is closely tied to cloud. Mobility and cloud have replaced the old, rigid, client server paradigm and opened up a world of new possibilities. Wireless email, calendaring, and contact have become ubiquitous in most enterprises. While these enterprise applications can be securely managed in a mobile environment, there are a number of other enterprise applications that could benefit from cloud and mobile if they could overcome some inhibitors to adoption like lack of security controls and legacy systems. The Hitachi Content Portfolio announcements are intended to extend the reach of mobile and cloud in the enterprise and address some of these inhibitors.
A 2014 market pulse survey was recently published by sailpoint.com, entitled "Employees Going Rogue with Corporate Data in the Cloud." This survey found that enterprises are behind on managing the risks that are associated with cloud applications. "The challenge with cloud applications is that IT Organizations must now manage applications that are deployed – and accessed – completely outside the firewall.” Mobility adds to the problem as employees use their own devices to access corporate applications and share corporate data with customers and partners.
HCP Anywhere Increases Security Controls for Mobile and Cloud
HCP Anywhere (HCPA) v 2.0, which will be available later this quarter, helps to address some of these problems with enhancements in security controls.
First is the support for SAML v2 (Security Assertion Markup Language), which is a standard that provides granular access control to multiple Active Directories through AD FS (Active Directory Federate Services). In today’s competitive business environment, enterprises are opening their applications for integration with their trading partners and users and one of the key requirements for a successful integration is granular access control to enterprise applications. Authenticated users of HCPA will be able to access multiple Active Directory environments through AD FS. In the future this support will be provided to other identity managers like Ping and Oracle.
Another enhancement is closer integration with MDM/MAM (Mobile Device Manager/Mobile Application Manager) like MobileIron. In an earlier post I talked about the work that has already been done with HCPA to add mobility management features on top of our enterprise cloud content management platform HCP. HCPA already brings elements of mobile device (MDM) and mobile information management (MIM) and alluded to the fact that HCPA does not really control which apps can use data but does allow users to better manage which
users or 3rd parties can access files and participate in shared folders. IN HCPA v2 we have added an app wrapper for integration with MobileIron’s AppConnect for iOS and Android Apps. What this does is provide data protection by containerizing corporate applications. Application data is encrypted and protect from unauthorized access and removal. It provides the ability to define sharing policies via MobileIron and the ability to exchange information with enterprise backend systems via VPN. We have started with MobileIron since we use MobileIron internally but the plan is to extend this to other mobile application managers. The net is that HCPA and HCP will help enterprises to manage the risks that are associated with cloud applications.
Extending the Reach of Mobile to Enterprise Shares on NAS devices
Hitachi NAS systems like HNAS and HDI as well as backup and archive products like Hitachi Data Protection Suite and Netbackup can connect with HCP as a a tier of storage and through HCP be seamlessly tiered into public or private clouds. HCPA has been able to provide mobile access to files and synch and share them once they were ingested into an HCPA folder on HCP. In HCPA v2 we have added the capability to directly access files on NAS devices. In effect we are mobilizing Enterprise shares by providing mobile access to NAS data through iOS, Android, and Windows Phones and browsers. Support is provided for CIFS /Windows Shares with read access to files in Home Directories and shares. Basic CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) access is provided with the ability to upload files and file updates on Mobile for offline access.
The slide above shows how we can access HCPA from our mobile devices and access files directly on file systems that we are authorized for and files that that we can synch and share through HCP. The yellow dots in the slide indicate REST interfaces while the clue dots indicate file interfaces.
Extending mobile access to enterprise data is really important for me since I travel a lot and do more and more of my work on mobile devices and need access to legacy files on NAS systems. I can download what I need before getting on the plane, switch to airplane mode during the flight, do my CRUD work and be ready to go when I land.
A Full List of Enhancements for HCP Anywhere in v2
Increased security controls and mobile access to enterprise data are just two of the enhancement to HCPA in v2. Here is a list of all the enhancements. For more detail on these features please contact your Hitachi Data Systems representative or go here for a short demo.