1.2 Benefits of iFolder for Users

Typically, when users work in multiple locations or in collaboration with others, they must conscientiously manage file versions. With iFolder, the most recent version of a user’s files can follow the user to any computer where the iFolder client is installed and a shared iFolder is set up. iFolder also allows users to share multiple iFolders and their separate content with other users of the iFolder system. Users decide who participates in each shared iFolder, and also controls their level of access. Similarly, users can participate in shared iFolders that are owned by others in the collaboration environment.

In the following example, Ulrik owns an iFolder named Denmark and shares it via his iFolder enterprise account with Nigel, Luc, and Alice. Nigel travels frequently, so he also sets up the iFolder on his laptop. Any iFolder member can upload and download files from the Denmark iFolder from anywhere, using the iFolder Web Access server. In addition, Alice shares a non-work iFolder named Scooters with her friend Ulrik.

Figure 1-2 Collaboration and Sharing with iFolder

With an enterprise server, the iFolders are stored centrally for all iFolder members. The iFolder server synchronizes the most recent version of documents to all authorized users of the shared iFolder. All that the iFolder owner and iFolder members need is an active network connection and the iFolder client.

iFolder provides the following benefits:

  • Guards against local data loss by automatically backing up local files to the iFolder server and multiple workstations

  • Prevent unauthorized network access to sensitive iFolder files.

  • Allows multiple servers to participate in a single iFolder domain, to allow scaling up the number of users and data transfer bandwidth.

  • Transparently updates a user’s iFolder files to the iFolder enterprise server and multiple member workstations with the iFolder client

  • Tracks and logs changes made to iFolder files while users work offline, and synchronizes those changes when they go online.

  • Provides access to user files on the iFolder server from any workstation without the iFolder client, using a Web browser and an active Internet or network connection.

  • With SSL encryption enabled, protects data as it travels across the wire.

  • Makes files on the iFolder server available for regularly scheduled data backup.