iFolder or Filr?

iFolder or Filr?

This past April, Novell released Novell Filr to broad customer acclaim. This mobile file-access and sharing tool gives users access to their home folders and files on any device, from anywhere—and all without compromising IT control.

Many of you have entitlements to Filr through your Novell Open Enterprise Server licensing, so you should start experimenting with Filr today. We realize that a few of you may be wondering: What about iFolder? Though the two solutions appear very similar, they aren’t identical and there are a few important differences. Depending on how you use iFolder, Novell Filr may make a good replacement, while simultaneously giving you the ability to extend mobile file access and sharing to your users.

In a future post we will look in more detail at the differences between these two products. For now, you should know that Filr represents the future of Novell file synchronization technology, and we’re putting a lot of resources behind developing it. We will continue to support iFolder, but are not planning further development, as we’ll be focusing our innovation on Filr.

If Filr can’t replace iFolder for your organization, we’d like to know what particular roadblocks are making that so. As we continually evolve Filr, we want to know how to improve it so it will best meet your needs. In the meantime, you can continue to use iFolder with confidence.

Of course you can always use Filr and iFolder side by side if you choose. Regardless of how you manage file synchronization today, there’s every reason to try Filr and see what it can do for your mobile users—and your organization at large.

Let us know by leaving a comment, or by sending an email about how you are using either iFolder or Filr.

Of course you can always use Filr and iFolder side by side if you choose. Regardless of how you manage file synchronization today, there’s every reason to try Filr and see what it can do for your mobile users—and your organization at large.
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We have had ifolder implemented for some time, but have limited it's use due to the silo'd nature of it. We don't have many individual works that would use it. Filr is a whole different story. We have implemented it in a trial phase, and need to put in more storage to make it really viable due to speed issues. But those departments using it are finding all kinds of ways to use it and a connected and collaborative way. As soon as we can better host it and beef it's performance, we'll be pushing it organisation wide. It is the final missing piece as far as we are concerned.

To give an example, we have some 600 radio relay stations around the country of Australia. We use google earth to display their locations. We use a program to create the google earth file with all the updated locations and status's of the stations from ou relay station database. Using Filr, I download that file to my smartphone, laptop etc and within a small window, I always have the latest version. Our Network Operations teams simple update the one file in one place and everyone connected using Filr gets the update as they connect on and off the network. On my smartphone, I simple slect the file, google earth loads and I have the entire radio network visible to me. Securely!!!! Wonderful
Our organization uses iFolder to backup the user My Document folder for workstaion disaster recovery (malware, virus, hardware failure). Today, Filr can only be defined to an empty folder. This is a real deal breaker. Unfortunately, there are some other limitations on the way netfolders are implemented as well as some documented killer bugs that continue to prevent our organization from looking at Filr as anything other than a rushed product and not ready replace iFolder.
Thanks for the reply. I am glad to hear that your users in the pilot phase are finding great ways to use it. And thanks for providing the example of how you can use Filr to monitor the radio relay stations. Very cool!
Hello there. Thanks for the response, based on how you have described your use of iFolder, it sounds like you are backing up your users folders from their desktop? Otherwise your users would be accessing their files through Filr to your file servers where their files are stored. Send me some more information and iI'm happy to explore further (colsen@novell.com).
I want to concur with the comment from Vodobaas. We use ifolder to backup my document folders for workstation DR and remote access.

In older versions of ifolder, those workstation files where also integrated with NetStorage. That was useful for teleworking.

I hope that we see the backup and syncing functionality of ifolder (like version 2) integrated into the Filr desktop application.
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