Remote access app to debut

Remotely Anywhere, a division of 3am Labs Ltd., has rolled out to beta testers a browser-based remote access and systems management product designed to grant administrators and users complete access to client systems.

Called Log Me In, the product's Click To Share File Distribution System allows corporate users to sidestep problems commonly associated with attaching and sharing large files, along with a number of security issues, according to Michael Simon, president and CEO of Remotely Anywhere.

"The most common way people share files today is via an attachment in e-mail. But sometimes you can't share particularly large files with many users with an e-mail or there is a file limit for things like Hotmail or individual mail boxes. But we allow you to set up a point-to-point secure download that gets around that," Simon said.

Most attachments are simple text that are unencrypted binaries, Simon said. That often means administrators have to set up their own encrypted file-sharing system to protect their data.

"If you are trying to send information to your insurance company, it is a daunting task to set up an encrypted file-sharing system. But with this (Click To Share) you are not sending a file but a one time single-use URL that allows you to then establish a point-to-point encryption with SSL between the source computer and the receiving one," Simon said.

The upcoming product also has a folder synchronization feature that makes it easy for users to work on pieces of a single project from multiple locations. Users can access a system where they started work on a project, and with one keystroke synchronize that work with any new work they have done at another location.

"If someone were writing a report at the office but wanted to finish it at home, you can just hit folder synchronize and it would update it the project at the new location," Simon said.

The product also features remote-to-local printing that allows remote users to access files on central servers but print that document on their local system without installing any new printer drivers.

The product, which is expected to be sold both separately and bundled and with the company's server-based Enterprise Edition management product, contains an administrator's toolkit that allows developers to create applications for diagnostics, system monitoring, and sending notifications. The product allows corporate and third-party developers to create applications with HTML, Java, and XML, company officials said.

Not expected to ship until mid-April, tentative introductory pricing on the product is US$19.95 for as many as two machines.

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