Teamdrive offers enterprise security on mobile filesharing


TeamDrive Systems has added clients for Android and Apple iOS tablets and smartphones to its enterprise-grade secure filesharing platform.

The company announced the clients along with a new release of the service TeamDrive 3.0 at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover this week.

The service uses AES-256 encryption and its data centres are based in Germany, which has strict data protection laws.

The ability to use our own servers for shared cloud storage is fantastic.

The company said this means it can offer Dropbox-like ease of use, but without the same vulnerability to hackers or US federal snoopers.

There is flexibility too. Instead of hosting their encrypted files in the TeamDrive public cloud, customers can choose to use their own private server or another public cloud service, TeamDrive CEO Volker Oboda noted.

Furthermore, as TeamDrive's cloud is hosted within the EU, the service is fully compliant with the Safe Harbour rules.

Dr Anthony Beck, DART project champion and research fellow in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds, said that Safe Harbour is why his team uses TeamDrive rather than Dropbox.

"We can't use DropBox or other cloud data storage companies that are not a signatory to Safe Harbour," he said.

"Instead of our data being held on DropBox's servers in the cloud - DropBox actually uses Amazon's cloud service - we can host them on our own servers.

"The ability to use our own servers for shared cloud storage is fantastic. Essentially we have an unlimited storage capacity which we can easily share with colleagues throughout the world at any institution. This really helps collaboration. The smartphone application will provide the final piece allowing us to access data whilst 'on the go'."

Collaborative features of the TeamDrive mobile app include a photo-sharing tool and the ability to send RSA-2048-encrypted file sharing invitations.

The service can also be accessed from Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, and Oboda revealed BlackBerry and Windows Mobile apps are under development.