Trying to host your own Dropbox on your file server?

You like Dropbox. Because it’s so easy. It’s just a desktop folder, it syncs, it works. But at the same time you also have lots of files. Lots, and lots, and lots of files that already exist on your file server.

It’s not really about Dropbox, but the easiest way to access your storage

Dropbox is an easy way to access files, but you also have to use Dropbox storage. You might not want to put everything in Dropbox’s storage for privacy, security and data ownership reasons. Or maybe you tried, but there’s no easy way to drag and sync the million files and several terabytes that have accumulated within your company.

The way people work has changed, but file servers didn’t

A majority of the relevant files are finally digitized and workflows have followed suit. People make their “office” wherever they need it. File services have lagged behind, creating a hodge-podge of band aid solutions. People don’t remember their VPN user ID and passwords and FTP is too complicated. So they email files to themselves. They copy and save it to a USB stick. They drag and copy the files from the network share drive and save it to their desktop for later access. Then they make changes to those files. They copy it into Dropbox/Google Drive/Skydrive to access it on their iPads. They share it with someone else. Then before you know it, there are multiple copies of the files in too many places that you have no knowledge or control over. Not to mention the headache (or 99 problems) you already have maintaining those damn network shares that your users may or may not want to use. People just want to get access to the files they need, and the files they need are already on the company file server.  You would think storage access would be easier by now with all the innovation and new technologies. But file servers have remained the same since the 80’s. I guess Microsoft didn’t get the memo. Well that’s why you’re reading this post, right?

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Look Jony, we’re flat too! Oxygen for iOS7 is out!

Better. Simpler. Flatter.

Are you ready for iOS7? Well we most definitely are! We updated Oxygen’s mobile client to support the latest release of iOS7. Make sure you update your iPad and iPhone apps directly from the App Store to get the latest and greatest.

So what’s new?

iOS7 Oxygen

  • iOS7  style “flat” navigation icons
  • A new “star” bookmark icon for you to easily keep tabs of your favorite-d files
  • Updated simpler and cleaner icons for spaces, folders and files
  • New icons to sync existing photos or take new ones

We hope this newer look and feel is another step forward for even better user experience.

Jony, hope this made you happy too ;)

Cheers,
Julia
@JuliaMak

Faster is better: Oxygen vs Box

You probably have seen the AT&T television and radio ads about their uVerse product, with an adult interviewing a group of 5 year olds, asking questions like: “do you like more or less?” and “is faster better than slow?”. And of course, the kids answer in a direct way: “I like fast because fast is faster than slow” and “I like more because it’s better than less”. These are simple, un-debatable truths.

In the competitive marketplace that we play against folks like Box and Dropbox, we’re often asked by customers to do a checklist feature comparison. While we score well, this does not tell the true tale-of-the-tape. Some will be able to “check the box” on certain features like sync, AD integration, encryption or mobile access. But when you peek behind the curtain, and customers get to use the products, understand how certain features are designed, how they impact the user, then the initial surface comparisons fall apart for non-enterprise players.

Inspired by the AT&T truth sayer kids, I would love a comparison chart that is more like this.

What do you like better?

Oxygen vs Others

Get the picture? These are fundamentals that business users really care about when it comes to accessing and working on their files.

Don’t believe us? Well, we conducted an unofficial side by side comparison of syncing multiple 16mb video files in both Oxygen and Box. Let us show you how our sync is really faster and better:

Come sign up and test drive Oxygen for yourself, and see if you agree that Oxygen is more better than the rest. One of our Vanguard members will be in touch to help you find a solution fit and get you started!

- Alex & Julia
Oxygen Vanguards

Come meet the team at Oxygen’s Career Open House!

“Do what you love, love what you do.”

Stop being that cog in the wheel. Don’t just get a job. Be a part of our awesome team and do something that matters, do something that you can be proud of!

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Come to Oxygen’s Career Open House on Tuesday, April 2nd

Join us for our first open house this coming Tuesday, April 2nd from 5-7pm at our headquarter here in Redwood City. Come and learn more about how you can become a part of our fast-growing enterprise cloud start-up. You’ll get a chance to meet the team currently matriculating in the program, learn about why this program exists, how it works and how it aligns with the company’s current and future goals. If you are eager, self-motivated, and ready to be part of a rapidly growing start-up, now is the time!

This full-time intensive rotational program will be a great entry point into this hot and emerging marketing. You will be working with teams that are building a product that solves real business problems. You will have the opportunity to learn and grow into sales, marketing, account management, and technical roles that make an impact!

Your training will cover:

  • Product knowledge about how Oxygen works
  • Market research and discovery
  • Learn how to evaluate customer needs and how to construct a solution proposal
  • How to promote product adoption in the market
  • Enterprise client services
  • Product development
  • Technical support and troubleshoot

What you’ll learn from working here:

  • Deep understanding of the product and market.
  • Ability to translate product requirements internally.
  • Ownership in specific tracks and drive your own initiatives and EXECUTE.
  • Key functional and leadership skills in a fast pace environment.
  • You will learn about the enterprise cloud industry inside and out.

We aren’t just training you to do what we say; we are mentoring you to be quick on your feet, to think for yourself and to understand how you can make a real impact in our organization. We care about our team and we only want the smartest and brightest to join our exceptional team!

When & where:

  • Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 5-7pm
  • 1600 Seaport Blvd Suite 310, Redwood City, CA

RSVP to careers@oxygencloud.com and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

Cheers,
– Julia
@JuliaMak

Turbocharging Oxygen, ready for all your files!

A new update for Oxygen is here. We turbo-boosted this latest version – so your Oxygen is up to 100X faster! In addition to increased scale and performance, we also gave Oxygen a new look and some additional new features!

Oxygen for Windows and Mac – now up to 100x faster!

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Lots of files? Don’t let that be a problem in your life anymore! Put all your files into Oxygen and just see how fast it is! Yes, go ahead, dump in 10,000 files and we can handle it faster than ever. Why limit yourself to your old inaccessible desktop storage or home directories when you can use Oxygen’s cloud drive!

In this new release we changed the way Oxygen processes file uploads and downloads to make our sync a lot faster than before. We enabled simultaneous uploads so multiple files can upload at the same time. Also our auto sync kick starts a lot sooner for the recipient end to start seeing files that are newly synced from a different device almost instantly.

We did our own speed test internally. So for 30MBs of files, upload is now 4x faster than before. And as for bulk upload with thousands of files and complex folder structures? It can actually be up to 100x faster! Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video clip and see how quickly Oxygen synced 50 files in a minute!

Easier link sharing by email

Our new share file link by email makes sharing even easier! We know you’re already familiar with right-clicking files to share them, but now we’ve simplified it some more. Just choose “Email link” and Oxygen will automatically pull up your email client and paste the share link for you to send to anyone. We made it so easy – you don’t even have to copy and paste!

Sharing with Oxygen on Windows

Just try this out next time you need to email a file. I promise you’ll love it!

New awesomely cool icons!

If you install the latest update, you’ll also see how Oxygen’s look and feel has been refreshed! We now have cooler, sleeker new sync badges, a new icon for cloud files, a new icon for shared spaces and a new “sync in progress” icon on the task bar too!

A cloud file syncing in progress:

A cloud file syncing in progress

New badge indicating a file fully synced:

Fully synced file

New icons for an Oxygen space – we highlight all Oxygen spaces with our signature fuchsia inside the folder icon:

New space and folder icons for web

Make sure you install the latest version of Oxygen today! Take advantage of our improved speed to load up your cloud drive!

Until next time ;)
– Julia
@JuliaMak

All new Oxygen for iPhone and iPad!

Since we updated our Windows and Mac clients last week, it is time for our iOS apps to get some love too! This latest release for iPhone and iPad includes a redesign for a better user experience, and a new folder sync option for even easier access to all your files!

New home menu with simpler navigation

We flattened the navigation structure so now it’s even easier for you to directly access all the options from the home menu after you launch Oxygen.

Oxygen iPhone home menu

  • Tap Browse to see all your spaces, folders and files
  • Bookmark all your important files for quick access
  • Use Photosync to upload your photos into Oxygen
  • Set a private pin lock under Settings to secure all your content

Just one tap to sync an entire folder!

Instead of having to sync one file at a time, Oxygen’s new folder sync now makes it easier for you to sync all the content of an entire folder on your iPhone or iPad with just one tap!

Syncing in progress and synced:

Oxygen iPhone syncing   Oxygen iPhone after synced

Watch our video to learn more about the new changes for iPhone and iPad -

Don’t forget to update your Oxygen and let us know what you think ;)

- Julia
@JuliaMak

Problems with identity management in the cloud

Identity management has been a critical issue that is too often ignored. Earlier this week I posted about how companies should watch out for users uploading sensitive files into consumer services because a new law in California now prohibits companies from asking for user passwords to what is loosely considered a “social media” site.

But the problem with identity management doesn’t stop there.

How often do users authorize third party apps to use their email or Facebook login credentials? More often than you may think. As I am writing this post, I decided to check my own Twitter settings and found that I have authorized 35 different applications to use my Twitter login credentials. Yes. 35! These apps range from popular blogs to commenting systems, as well as to sites such as Quora and Forbes Social. While my use case is not the best example because I have a hyperactive-overshared digital life, most users have most likely done the same to a lesser degree.

So what happens when enterprises adopt cloud apps? What happens to those identities? How many more password leaks and security lapses can Dropbox and iCloud commit for us to realize identity management is just as important as data encryption for enterprise clouds?

How enterprise cloud differs from consumer cloud: Centralized control

Maintaining security in the cloud requires a holistic approach; piecemeal bits and pieces together to plug in the holes doesn’t work. Just adding encryption at storage or use a third party identity system doesn’t work. What good is encrypting your data on storage when an external identity system is copying your enterprise’s user credentials into an insecure cloud somewhere else? How can IT maintain access control if an app integrates and authorizes other 3rd party apps to copy over your user’s data and passwords?

Imagine 35 copies of your user’s corporate password floating out on the internet somewhere. Yikes.

It is the same futile effort of adding an extra pad lock on your front door to prevent burglary when you are leaving your backdoors wide open. Nobody wants that.

This is why we let our customers leverage their existing infrastructure and identities when they use Oxygen’s Enterprise Cloud. We understand that smarter control starts with identity management. With Oxygen, you can keep your existing user credentials on your own AD/LDAP systems and manage them behind your own firewall. Your company users authenticate against your own identity system. There are no copies made and we don’t even have access to your users’ passwords.

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This is the difference when we build our cloud platform as an enterprise solution and not just an app. Smarter control, better management and ease of use should not be an either-or compromise. There are no tradeoffs. And that is the Oxygen difference.

- Julia
@JuliaMak