Oxygen Cloud Enables iPads and iPhones for Business Use

Oxygen CloudOxygen Cloud, a service that connects all people, data and devices within a company to a single virtual file system, announced this week at the Cloud Expo 2010 that it will now support large-scale enterprise migration to private cloud storage.  That support includes users who prefer to deploy their personal devices for business including the iPad and iPhone.

Oxygen Cloud provides native desktop access to data stored in public and private clouds and makes cloud storage directly available to business users. The Newark, Calif.-based company has been focusing on small and medium-size enterprises.

Oxygen Cloud also enables an enterprise to mix and match files and data from multiple public clouds, as well as setting up its own private cloud to meet specific business requirements, such as security, reliability, geography, performance and cost.

Oxygen Cloud is a small startup, which itself was spun out of another company, five-year-old LeapFile, a secure file transfer service. Oxygen Cloud showed off its wares at the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2010 in Santa Clara, Calif., this week. Oxygen Cloud has even created an application that allows iPad users to comment on, label, or draw symbols on documents as part of a collaborative editing effort. The application has yet to be made available in Apple’s App Store, but Julia Mak, Oxygen Cloud’s marketing manager, said approval is expected shortly.

Enterprise users currently can choose from such public cloud storage providers as Amazon, Cloud Leverage, Rackspace, Iron Mountain and Nirvanix.

Users also can commission Oxygen’s enterprise private cloud service, along with specialized tools to manage security, provision users and allocate storage settings, for private cloud providers such as EMC Atmos.

“Oxygen can play a pivotal role in private cloud deployment and adoption,” said Alex Teu, vice president of Business Development at Oxygen Cloud. “We empower enterprises to extract maximum value from their choice of private cloud vendors by completing the solution with end user and IT applications for cloud storage.”

Oxygen’s administrative tools allow IT to control access permissions, maintain user profiles and manage storage allocation — balancing users’ storage and collaboration demands without sacrificing IT’s need to meet security and management requirements, Teu said.

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