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ionGrid Emerges to Put iPad to Work for the Enterprise ionGrid Emerges to Put iPad to Work for the EnterpriseNexus Enterprise Eliminates the Need for Costly and Complex MDM Solutions; Addresses the Security, Workflow Compatibility and Network Stability Challenges That Prevent Adoption of iPad for Business UseNexus Enterprise Eliminates the Need for Costly and Co (November 15, 2011)
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/11 -- From the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California, ionGrid, the company that is powering today's mobile and distributed workforce, today emerged from stealth to unveil its flagship product: Nexus Enterprise. The solution, a client/server application, addresses the security, workflow compatibility and network stability issues that have prevented enterprise organizations from embracing the Apple iPad as a viable alternative to laptop computers by offering anytime, anywhere access to documents for mobile and distributed workers. Combining the best benefits of cloud storage, mobile device management (MDM) solutions and native productivity applications without the risk, Nexus is designed from the ground up to meet the needs of both business end users and IT. The app's breakthrough streaming technology delivers secure, reliable mobile access to corporate file repositories and enables users to natively view, annotate, share and present pixel-perfect renderings of Microsoft Office and PDF documents directly from iPad, even in the face of difficult or limited network connectivity conditions.
ionGrid Nexus effectively solves the trending "bring your own device" (BYOD) and consumerization of IT (CoIT) conundrums facing today's enterprise organizations by giving IT centralized control over sensitive business data at the file level, ensuring documents are protected by existing security policies and access protocols and enabling users to maintain autonomy over their personal devices, data and applications.
"Mobile devices often fall outside the control of IT, leaving sensitive business data vulnerable and posing a significant security risk for companies in high-security industries," said Bob Gourley, principal analyst at Crucial Point, LLC. "Business end users are driving a paradigm shift in the enterprise by repurposing personal tablets devices to access data on corporate networks -- often in direct opposition to IT policies set by their employers -- creating a chaotic and challenging environment for IT departments that are scrambling to implement mobile device strategies to stay ahead of the curve."
Simple to deploy over corporate networks, Nexus can be easily configured to complement a company's existing IT infrastructure, extending corporate security policies and access control into the mobile world without added IT complexity or inconvenience to the end user and eliminating the need for costly MDM solutions. Deployed as a light client application on iPad and a server application in the enterprise data center, Nexus seamlessly connects mobile or remote workers to their existing workflow without necessitating IT administrator intervention. Enterprise-grade performance guarantees responsiveness across petabytes of data, while workgroup-level downscaling lets users interact with existing desktop workstations. Full administrative support facilitates management of large end user populations, while retaining granularity of individual permissions and access.
"The essence of the iPad is its elegant simplicity; what ionGrid has delivered is an elegantly simple, secure solution that complements the iPad's design," said Peter Christy, cofounder and principal analyst at Internet Research Group. "Nexus is essentially transparent to the user, making it exceptionally simple for IT to implement and manage because it is designed to easily integrate with common enterprise authentication, rights management and repository solutions, like Active Directory and SharePoint. The genius of Apple is making complex tasks simple -- ionGrid extends that simplicity to the complex task of protecting sensitive documents viewed and used on an un-tethered and mobile iPad."
Nexus Enterprise: Key Features and Attributes
- Secure Document Streaming: ionGrid's breakthrough streaming technology makes downloading files a snap. When a document is accessed, the server immediately sends the first page over an encrypted connection so the user can begin to view and interact with content immediately, without having to wait for the entire file to download first.
- Enhanced User Experience: Nexus delivers a sophisticated interface and enhanced user experience that complements the inherent navigation and exceptional visual attributes of iPad. Swipe your finger to scroll through files, pinch to zoom, or tap to open. Nexus is designed so that iPad gestures work exactly as users would expect. Nexus' thumbnail view into network folders makes locating documents a breeze, even in the largest corporate file repositories.
- Real Time Repository Integration: Users can interact with any files they have permission to access from their workstation or corporate server, regardless of their location. Nexus ensures repositories and access controls are updated whenever documents or permissions are added, removed or modified.
- On-Demand Document Access: Users can easily mark and save files for offline access, ensuring they can review and present documents and remain productive, even without a stable Internet or network connection.
- Total IT Control at the File Level: Sandboxing capabilities extends IT access and security policies to the mobile world, ensuring all document interaction, including streaming and caching, is perpetually controlled by IT at the file level. Nexus eliminates the need for remote wipes, expansive MDM deployments or governance of an employee's personal device, data and apps. Cached files are password protected by strong industry-standard encryption.
"Increasingly, businesses are supporting a distributed or mobile workforce, in which employees are generating and interacting with business data across multiple devices, the majority of which are personal companion devices like iPad. As consumers continue to drive IT technology decisions and demand for the convenience and flexibility of tablets in the enterprise workplace increases, investment in mobile device management policies has become a strategic imperative in the enterprise," said Nick Triantos, CEO of ionGrid. "Our philosophy is simple: if corporate information policy can be applied consistently to all documents, IT doesn't have to worry about managing actual devices to keep sensitive business data safe. This enables end users to maintain autonomy and control over their personal devices, information and applications, while boosting productivity. It's a win for everyone in the organization."
ionGrid is headquartered in Mountain View, California and was founded in mid-2010 by CEO Nick Triantos, CTO Ben de Waal and VP of Product Michael Rothrock. The company has assembled a first-class development team, which hails from Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Google and NVIDIA and has more than a hundred years of combined experience between them. Prior to ionGrid, Triantos served as CEO at TokBox, a Sequoia and Bain-funded startup that built in-browser video chat and video mail tools; de Waal formerly served as CTO of BruteSoft, a startup focusing on enterprise software distribution solutions. Both Triantos and de Waal previously held senior technical roles with Perceptive Pixel -- the highly acclaimed company that revolutionized the multi-touch screen user interface experience -- and developed the original OpenGL and Direct3D graphics rendering software for NVIDIA. Rothrock has spent his entire career building mobile enterprise solutions as a product architect and sales engineer at Portal Software, Orative (sold to Cisco) and InterWise (sold to AT&T). ionGrid is privately funded by angel investors, including Simon Crosby, CTO of Bromium and former founder and CTO of Xen Source, (acquired by Citrix in 2007); and Nigel Stokes, chairman at AppZero and former CEO of DataMirror, (acquired by IBM in 2007).
Nexus Enterprise is currently deployed in large and global enterprise organizations, across a range of industries that want to empower their mobile or distributed workforce to do business more efficiently and securely. The product is immediately available for enterprise evaluation. For more information, contact ionGrid sales at email@example.com, or visit http://www.iongrid.com/contact.
See it for Yourself at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference
ionGrid is offering hands on demonstrations of Nexus Enterprise on November 15th and 16th at the 2011 Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California. The conference is located at the Santa Clara Convention Center. To register, or for more information, visit: http://www.e2conf.com/santaclara/
ionGrid Nexus unleashes the business potential of iPad, offering secure mobile access to corporate file repositories and reliable interaction with documents to simultaneously address the needs of enterprise end users and IT. Simple to install over corporate networks, Nexus offers comprehensive mobile document protection without adding complexity, ensuring IT security policies and access controls are preserved at the file level and eliminating the need for costly mobile document management solutions. Powered by ionGrid's revolutionary streaming technology, Nexus delivers the sophisticated, intuitive and highly visual experience that iPad users want from their device, while enabling them to dependably view, edit, collaborate and present precision-rendered documents with ease. Ideal for large enterprise organizations, ionGrid Nexus empowers a mobile and distributed workforce and is deployed in leading financial services firms, government agencies, utilities, healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit www.iongrid.com.
Nexus is a trademark of ionGrid, Inc. All other trademarks or trade names referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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