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How to Create Your Own Private Cloud

CREATE YOUR OWN PRIVATE CLOUD WITH SECURE MOBILE ACCESS AND FILE SHARING

TappIn, has partnered with Scale Computing, makers of the HC3 technology platform, the first hyperconverged infrastructure for virtualization and storage. Together, TappIn and Scale now jointly provide secure, mobile access to a complete private cloud environment that is easily managed by IT departments and easily accessed by end-users.

We invite you to learn more about how this partnership can benefit your organization by attending this informational webinar on May 14th: - CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW

IT DIRECTORS WANT TIGHT CONTROL OVER LOCALLY STORED DATA....
yet employees want to access that data from anywhere, any time, and on any device.

With Scale Computing’s HC3 and TappIn, small and midmarket organizations can have both.

TappIn is an Info Security Guides Global Excellence Award winner.  Together with the HC3, TappIn makes it easy for IT Managers to have control AND give necessary endpoint access to locally stored data.

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  1. Discover how Scale's HC3 gives your applications maximum uptime without giving your CFO sticker-shock. It's roughly 50% less than a comparable VMWare-based architecture and much, much easier to use.
  2. Explore Tappin's unique feature set and how it makes data stored on the HC3 highly accessible from any device.
  3. Learn how the HC3 and Tappin combination save you time and money while securing your data on-premise and delivering controlled access to your BYOD policies.

A live Q&A session will follow the presentation.

PRESENTERS

Andrew Tull
Vice President of Business Development | TappIn
Andrew Tull acts as Vice President of Business Development for Tappin with primary responsibility for the creation and execution of business development efforts focused on targeted strategic market verticals and accounts. Andrew has over 20 years of experience leading the sales and business development efforts for several organizations in the security-software, technology, and consumer packaged goods industries. He has also been involved in all aspects of account and sales team management, operations, and sales technology for companies that have included Procter + Gamble, Johnson + Johnson, and Net Nanny Software.

Patrick Conte
EVP and GM, Field Operations | Scale Computing
Patrick joined Scale from Azul Systems, where he was the SVP of Worldwide Field Operations. With over 25 years of experience in successfully launching companies into the market from pre-revenue into IPOs and major acquisitions, Patrick has consistently demonstrated strong go-to-market execution and growth strategies.

Alan Conboy
Global Solutions Architect | Scale Computing
Alan is responsible for testing third-party solutions with Scale Computing's HC3 as part of Scale's strategic alliance program. He also supports the channel and sales organization as a Systems Engineer. With over 20 years industry experience, Alan is well versed in the needs of the midsize IT generalist.

 

5 Reasons Your Small Business Benefits from The Cloud

5 Reasons to Use the Cloud in Your Small Business

According to a recent article in Forbes.com, the total market for cloud services “is expected to grow from $76.9 billion in 2010 to $210 billion by 2016.” So far the numbers appear to be backing that assertion up. If you're not using “the cloud” in your small business, here are five good reasons why you might want to start.

1) Secure File Sharing and Access
This is a big deal for businesses of all sizes. Cyber-security is becoming a major risk for businesses on a global scale. Laptops and mobile devices make it easier than ever for people to simply grab the devices that contain important information that places your business and your customers at risk. Rather than storing this information on insecure devices, you can have vital information that’s stored on secured servers in the cloud while allowing access to these important documents and information virtually anywhere and at any time by users who have the right file sharing app, like Tappin.

2) Bring Down Technology Costs
Most small businesses can’t easily afford a full time IT guy (or girl) on staff. It’s an expense that would be nice, considering the vulnerabilities many companies face when it comes to cyber security. However, it’s largely outside the realm of practicality. Storing information on secured clouds means that you have the benefits of a full-time IT staff to protect your information for a much more affordable price.

3) Convenience
It wasn’t that long ago when people had to carry portable filing cabinets around to keep up with all the paperwork they were responsible for. At least that’s what it felt like after eight to ten, or more, long hours of a workday. Now all you need is a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop and you can access all those important files at any time of the day or night. It’s much more convenient than it’s ever been in the past.

4) Disaster Recovery
Recent years have shown devastating disasters that wiped out communities. Whether it’s forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes; disasters happen at the worst possible moments. Off-site storage of information in “the cloud” ensures that when bad things happen for the sake of your business, the information you’ve stored in the cloud is protected. This will help you, and your business, get back up and running much faster. It will also give you the tools you need to get in touch with customers to update them about what’s going on too.

5) Reduce Environmental Impact
How many trees are lost to creating additional paper copies of information so that multiple people in your business have access to it? Business owners interested in adopting a more earth-friendly way of doing business will appreciate the simplicity of this step in the process.

These are just a few of the general ways businesses benefit from operating in the cloud. If you look hard enough, you’re sure to find a few ways that are specific to your business. Then you can become part of the 41 percent of growth in expected cloud use the IDC’s “Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast” has predicted over the next four years.

 

Benefits of Remote File Access for Your Small Business

Remote file access is so much more than a simple backup copy of all the important documents and files your business possesses. It’s easy access to this information no matter where you or your employees may be at the time. Here are five of the benefits your small business can enjoy with remote file access.

1) Access Files while at Client’s Site
Employees no longer need to bring large, heavy briefcases full of information with them to client’s sites. Whether you’re in the construction business, provide insurance estimates, or provide home health services; you can now access important construction plans and other information, insurance files, and medical records on-the-go. All you need is the right mobile app, such as Tappin, on your mobile device or laptop to securely access the information wherever your business takes you.

2) Better Time Management
It can take a great deal of time to drive back and forth gathering the correct documentation between clients. Searching through files and folders is another time consuming process. Even worse is going back and forth between offices or cubicles in search of one elusive document that got away. Having all the information stored in one convenient location for fast access by whomever needs it is the simplest solution for everyone.

3) Automatic Backups
Wouldn't it be nice if you never needed to worry about losing important documents again? That day is here. Most businesses, sadly, just haven’t caught on quite yet. Remote file access means there’s already a secured backup of the information your small business requires.

4) Collaboration
No matter how many employees you have working on a given project at a time, or how limited or involved their roles may be, you can now allow as many employees as you need to have shared access to the same documents and information without printing out dozens (or even hundreds) of copies. This makes it easier than ever before to get the right information to the right people without any paperwork becoming lost in the transition.

5) Increased Productivity and Profitability
At the end of the day, this allows your employees to invest their talents where they are most needed, rather than on shuffling papers and packing them up for the day. You’ll get more productivity from them and that will lead to greater profits for your business.

Remote file access has a lot to offer small and large businesses alike. Perhaps the best benefit, for small business owners, is that you get the benefit of an IT department without the high costs.

How to Stream Music on Your Home Computer from Your Mobile Device

How music is produced and distributed has changed drastically over the past two decades. With the birth of digital music samplings, being able to listen to music you’ve purchased has changed from playing your records on a record player to finding a device able to access and stream music no matter where it is saved. The convenience and popularity of being able to listen to hundreds of tracks with one small, hand-held device has led the way for technologies like the iPod and MP3 players.

However, being able to stream music no matter where you have it saved is becoming far more sought-after than purchasing a device to house all of that music – as storage solutions for those devices are getting more and more expensive.

With TappIn, you don’t need to buy a device just for storing and streaming your music. Instead you can use your current mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) to access and stream your music no matter where it is stored. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the TappIn mobile app, and select the computer or cloud you'd like to access

Step 2: Select your music folder.

TappIn music folder

Step 3: Select the library you'd like to access.

TappIn music library folder

Step 4: Select the track you'd like to listen to and well, listen!

And that’s it. With just a few taps you can stream music files from anywhere. Even if you have separate libraries for your iTunes, MP3 files and any other music accounts, with TappIn you can access all of your libraries from one place.  No more choosing between which libraries to take with you, with TappIn all of your music is with you.

To learn more about the advantages of using TappIn and to access and stream music no matter where it is saved, check out a FREE 30-day trial of TappIn Pro.

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Top 4 Mobile-to-Mobile File Sharing Apps

Mobile to mobile file sharing

Recently, we wrote a blog post on the top four mobile apps that facilitate remote access for running a business and we included TappIn for accessing your data remotely, GoToMeeting for keeping in touch and telecommuting, Expensify for keeping track of expenses on the go, and FormMobi for doing work on your phone.

The amount of time people are spending on their mobile devices has steadily increased every year along with the constant expanding capabilities of mobile devices. File sharing apps specifically, allow people to share and access files of varying sizes remotely through their mobile devices, which is an important aspect of many industries.

In this blog post, we’ve named the top four file sharing apps for mobile-to-mobile file sharing. And here they are:

1. Evernote

Not all digital data is Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. In some industries (architecture, engineering, etc.), drawings are often important digital files that need to be shared. With the Evernote app, you can take pictures of your pen and paper drawings with your smartphone (or tablet) as well as share and access those files from anywhere.

2. TappIn

Disclaimer: We think we’re pretty neat. TappIn is the most inclusive file sharing app available today as it enables you to share whatever file types you choose (including documents, music, photo, video, etc.) no matter where the files are saved and from any TappIn-enabled device. TappIn is also great for remote file sharing. Because there is no limit to the access, you can even TappIn to other file sharing solutions.

3. JotNot

Operating somewhat along the same lines as Evernote, the JotNot app lets you easily copy articles, documents, and notes, quickly upload them, and share them via email or with other file sharing apps like Dropbox, or even store them in online storage solutions like the Cloud. Scan entire newspaper articles or other large documents and share them easily with your phone.

4. Dropbox

Definitely one of the most popular file sharing solutions today, the Dropbox app enables you to save files to your Dropbox folder and access those same files from another device as long as they’re signed into their Dropbox account. Even though a recent Dropbox security breach has reminded us all that we’re only as secure as our cloud vendor, with an offer of 2GB of free storage, the user-friendly Dropbox is obviously a popular mobile solution.

Mobile devices like the iPhone and Blackberry have emphasized the importance of making it easier for people to work from their phones. Each of these apps has been designed to make it even easier to access, share, and collaborate online all from your mobile smartphone.

Learn more about the release of TappIn Professional Edition and get started using TappIn for business today.

3 Tips to Avoiding Online Storage Fees

Avoid online storage feesIf you are someone who uses multiple mobile devices (smartphone, computer, iPad, etc.) to access your files (music, documents, photos, etc.) you already know how convenient online storage solutions can be for remote file access and sharing. If you are someone who requires a lot of online storage, you also probably know how expensive online storage solutions can get.

Here we’ve listed three tips to help you avoid paying online storage fees so that you can access and share files remotely from anywhere without spending extra money.

 1. Take advantage of free online storage offers

All of the top online storage solutions offer a certain amount of free storage to start users off with. Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync and iCloud all provide users with 5 GB of free storage, with paid plan options for more storage. However, depending on the file types of your digital property, only certain online storage solutions are capable of storing certain media files.

2. Use your hard drive and network-attached storage (NAS) devices for extra storage space

NAS devices can be expensive as well, but they usually come with more storage space as well as more control over your digital property. NAS devices and external hard drives also don’t have strict file specifications for what file types can be stored on them. So you can store everything from documents to photographs to music and videos.

 3. Use remote file sharing and remote file access tools

Many online storage solutions require you to save or sync all of your data in one location. With online collaboration tools with remote file access and file sharing capabilities, you can access data no matter where it is saved, even if it’s saved in a number of locations like a Dropbox, iCloud, and/or a NAS device.

The bottom line is, with so many online storage solutions offering vast free tier storage options, paying for online storage isn’t necessary if you find the right remote file access and file sharing tools capable of accessing all of those storage solutions from one place.

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Finding the Most Private & Secure Approach to Remote File Sharing

The popularity of remote file sharing and storage services like the Cloud and Dropbox will only continue to grow as today’s workforce becomes increasingly more and more mobile. These file sharing services not only make it easier to share and access files with coworkers and customers, they allow employees to increase their productivity by making it extremely easy to share and access files from different devices.

But, while services like Dropbox continue to be used by businesses big and small, issues like the Dropbox security breach have helped highlight the need for businesses to look for and invest in more secure file sharing and file access services. The problem with finding private and secure services for file sharing, however, is that secure cloud storage solutions are expensive.

What if you could share files remotely and have access to any storage solution (online or NAS) without paying for more storage? With TappIn, you can privately and securely share files without paying for more storage, because with TappIn, what you are paying for is secure access.

With TappIn, you don’t have to save your files in a particular location or folder (as you do with Dropbox) because, with TappIn, you have access to all of your files anywhere, at any time.

While there are many reasons why you should choose TappIn over Dropbox, if Dropbox has already been widely adopted by your company and peers, you don’t need to change the service everyone else is using. Instead you can use TappIn to tap into your Dropbox. By doing this, your coworkers can continue using a program they are comfortable using and at the same time increase the security of remotely accessing those sensitive files.

Whether you’re sending large files, streaming music, or sharing pictures, security is becoming more and more important to how we access, stream, and share data. Learn more about how the TappIn Professional Edition lets you privately and securely access and share files. Or sign up for a 30-day FREE trial of TappIn Pro!

Amazon

GlobalSCAPE's TappIn Launches New Remote Access App for Amazon's Kindle Fire

TappIn, Inc. announced today the launch of its new Kindle Fire personal cloud service app. The new app is TappIn's first product release since becoming a subsidiary of secure information exchange leader GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE Amex: GSB) earlier this month.The application turns the world's most popular e-reader into a secure portal to obtain content safely and securely when connected to any wireless network. Social functions include access to mixed media playlists and the ability to share and manage unlimited distribution of locally stored files on Facebook.

Unlike remote access products that consume mass amounts of storage, TappIn makes content available through a secure cloud pathway, thereby allowing users to "tap in" to their storage location, wherever that may be. TappIn's unique cloud access portal means users can obtain content without having to download, save, and manage it on their mobile device. This method of delivery not only saves storage space, it ensures content remains secure and private on the user's home or work computer or other storage device. The new app for the Kindle Fire platform includes all of TappIn's latest capabilities, including security features already available on the iOS and Android platforms.

Key features include:

  • TappIn SecureShare™: Users can easily customize TappIn's enhanced SecureShare™ authentication capabilities to protect sensitive information by providing selective access and requiring specific recipients to login securely before viewing private files. Users can choose to authenticate via login or share files via public access with a link to the photo, file, or folder. Using the app, users can also easily import contacts from Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and other email providers directly into TappIn, providing one-click sharing.
  • SocialShare™: Share photos, files, or folders from your device directly to Facebook. A link to the file and a thumbnail of the photo is posted to the user's Facebook wall, along with any comment to Facebook "Friends." Files are not uploaded to Facebook, but rather remain securely stored on the user's computer, allowing for easy control and removal.
  • Enhanced A La Carte Playlist™: With TappIn, Kindle Fire users now have full access to their entire music library. TappIn's A La Carte Playlist™ capability allows Apple users to generate playlists from multiple iTunes and MP3 libraries. With one click, the TappIn app populates a list of all folders that contain music files, and allows users to select from those folders to create a single, unique playlist. TappIn's Now Playing™ feature enables users to stream music or browse photos or documents while simultaneously using other applications. Streaming access also eliminates the need to download and manage the content on your mobile device, saving time and storage space, and safeguarding privacy.

"The Kindle Fire device is blurring the lines between the e-reader and tablet, allowing us an even greater convergence of our personal and professional lives," said Chris Hopen, president of TappIn. "TappIn's new app allows users to maximize the innovative multitasking capabilities, social, and collaboration features of this device by providing access to remotely stored digital content, regardless of system, file type, or content location right on their Kindle Fire."

TappIn's app for the Kindle Fire is available in two editions designed to cater to the needs of individuals and businesses. The TappIn Light version is available free of charge from the Amazon Appstore for Android, while the TappIn Standard edition is available for $23.99/year and offers consumers unlimited access to any digital file, regardless of size.

GlobalSCAPE® Acquires Innovative Mobile File Sharing Company TappIn™

GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE Amex: GSB), a leading developer of secure information exchange solutions for businesses and consumers, today announced that the company has expanded its capabilities by acquiring privately-held, Seattle-based mobile file sharing innovator TappIn, Inc.

“Combining GlobalSCAPE’s leadership in secure information exchange with TappIn’s strength in secure digital content mobility allows us to deliver a powerful solution for consumers and businesses,” said GlobalSCAPE CEO Jim Morris. “Through this acquisition, GlobalSCAPE continues to remove barriers between users and their content, stored in multiple locations, while maintaining privacy and security regardless of the device being used. There has been explosive growth in tablet and smartphone sales in recent years, and we expect this trend to continue, driving strong market demand for the TappIn solution.”

We are very excited to announce that GlobalSCAPE®, a leader in the secure information exchange solutions,  has acquired TappIn. As a TappIn customer, you will continue to receive the same leading-edge product and high level of service you’ve come to expect from us. But now, we can serve you better with increased resources to drive innovation faster and offer even more options for securely accessing and sharing files.

The GlobalSCAPE mission is to connect you with your digital content securely and seamlessly, anytime and anywhere. TappIn’s expertise and technology enhances GlobalSCAPE’s ability to remove file access barriers between you and your important media and data.  Again, TappIn will continue to provide you an easy and secure way to access, view, and share files stored on a home or work computer, from most mobile devices, platforms, and browsers.  You still don’t have to upload files to the cloud -- we provide you access to your data wherever it lives.  We fully support Apple iPhone® and iPad®, Google® Android™, Amazon® Kindle and Windows® Phone.

One final note – you’ll continue seeing additional capabilities and integration between TappIn and GlobalSCAPE solutions, bringing you even more benefits in the future.

TappIn in "50 Best Free Apps for Windows Phone 7"

"Access your PC files anywhere on your phone. Show off your photos and videos, listen to music, or grab files for work or school. Sign up for their service, install the agent program on your PC, and access your stuff on the phone or on the web. You can even setup sharing to give others access."