Onehub Tech Updates – August 2013

August has been a productive month at Onehub for our design and development teams. We improved Onehub performance, enhanced our Google Drive functionality, and even upgraded support. Check it out:

Performance Optimizations

This behind-the-scenes update brings speed improvements of up to 15%.

Google Drive Edit from list view

This week we introduced a minor feature with big benefits. When viewing your files in list view, try hovering over the three dots on the right. If you have Google Drive connected to your account, you will see a nice “Edit” button. Clicking “Edit” lets you jump straight into editing any document compatible with Google Drive. The addition of “Rename” and “Delete” to this menu makes these actions easier to find and use.

24/7 Support is here

We are very excited to announce that we have added 24/7 phone support to all accounts on our Business plan for no additional cost.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights into what we are working on next month!

 

Why White Wolf Capital Chose Onehub

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We recently had a conversation with our awesome client White Wolf Capital, LLC for a case study about why they chose Onehub for their Virtual Data Room needs. White Wolf is a New York-based private investment firm that focuses on investments, management buyouts, and recapitalizations for prominent middle-market companies. They had a big need for an incredibly easy and secure virtual data room that wasn’t going to break the bank, and they chose us!

The  case study, which can be found on the Onehub website, showcases how White Wolf is a company that takes confidentiality over its data very seriously.  They needed to be able to effectively manage large amounts of data related to their investors, while at the same time protecting their sensitive, confidential financial information.

Like many companies, White Wolf initially tried to use secure sending email solutions to manage the flow of information going back and forth between employees and investors. As most of us of know, that can mean digging through thousands of emails to find the exact one you need before a big meeting with a client or the boss. To resolve this email debacle, White Wolf chose Onehub as a manageable and secure virtual data room.

“Look at Onehub and you see an elegant, easy to use, and highly secure data management system,” says White Wolf Managing Director Elie Azar. “It’s simple, it does the job, and it’s cost effective.”

Onehub has become an integral part of the White Wolf daily processes and we couldn’t be happier to be helping them manage their data more efficiently.  Check out the case study and read in detail how White Wolf uses our unique features such as workspaces and user permissions to get the most out of their virtual data room experience.

Oh, and not to show off or anything, but when we asked Azar what he thought of out level of security and control for White Wolf’s data room he replied, “I give these guys a 10 out of 10!”

Meet Brian Moran – Onehub CTO and Co-founder Plus Outrageous Cyclist

Welcome to the Onehub series dedicated to helping you get to know the people that work at Onehub (you’re welcome). As you know, each month we feature a Onehub employee. This week, we have decided to highlight our lead technical officer, Brian. Brian recently finished a 200-mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland, so we thought this was a great way to dig into his love for biking.

Brian Moran

Brian’s Crazy Energy for Cycling
We had a great conversation with Brian about his love of riding bikes.

Q – When did you start cycling as a serious activity?
A – When I was a younger kid, having a bike meant you could get places. I was more into bicycle motocross (bmx) in those days, and just jumping things. In my early 20’s, bikes were a way to commute in the city. There were great gaps of non-bicycling, as life’s events occurred. A few years ago, in my mid-40’s, I became more serious about long distances than I’d been when I was younger – it’s been a way to exercise, have fun, and sometimes commute. This was my fourth time riding from Seattle to Portland.  I’m not sure I consider myself serious – by the “Internet Theory of Increasing Extremism”, it’s easy to find folks like the Randonneurs who ride 600km or 1000km over consecutive days.

Q – What is it about riding bicycles that you love enough to do for 200 miles straight?
A – Around here, one of the big rides is the STP – Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon. Over ten thousand people typically do this recreational ride, and registration sometimes sells out by February. When I got back into biking again, STP was an obvious goal. I enjoy the personal achievement of riding long distances. The first year, I was having difficulty finding friends or co-workers that wanted to do the STP, so I volunteered to be a ride referee; I found that adds a whole dimension of fun, as it’s like an opportunity and excuse to ride with everyone. Biking long distances provides lots of thinking time.

Q – How did you handle riding 200 miles? Did you have a strategy of any sort?
A – The Cascade Bicycle Club, organizer of the STP, publishes a ‘training guide’ every year to help people prepare physically. The first year I did STP, I took advantage of a series of weekend training rides they offered, which scaled the distances up weekly from 20 miles to 200, from March to July, and also taught and reinforced bike-riding safety, skills and etiquette.  The mental component first required the decision that yes, I was going to do it, obtain the support of your family or friends (it’s going to take some time), commit to consistently train, that you can make time for it in your busy schedule. As I was training, I tried to keep the internal dialog positive – that rain is great to ride in. I tried to incorporate biking whenever I could – like riding to work, riding back home from a shopping trip while the family took the car. Initially, I kept track of mileage via old fashioned paper, but switched to using a GPS watch after two months. The first year, I put in over 1100 miles in preparation for the July ride.  All of that riding gets you in the mode that ‘the ride’ is just like all of the others that you’ve done where you’ve had to stay hydrated, eat enough calories, stay safe, and have fun.

This year, I did fewer smaller bike rides, but trained 3 times a week at Xplore Crossfit with the other Onehub folks. Activities like ‘Airdyne sprints’, and ‘300FY’ can directly benefit biking; the back squats, lunges, box jumps, and general improvement in my core also made the hills (and everything else) easier.

Q – Does your family ride bicycles too? Were they on the 200-mile trek with you?
A – While everyone in my family has a bicycle, so far none has committed to wanting to do the STP yet. My wife has been very understanding about dropping me off at 5am starts, and picking me up at the bus or train late at night. I’m going to talk my 14 year old son into it next year.

Q – Do you have a favorite professional cyclist?
A – While I’m happy for the renewed spirit of competition in the Tour de France, I don’t really follow it. When I’ve been doing long rides, I’ve had the chance to meet people that I admire more than the folks on TV; for example, riding to work one day, I met a 74 year old guy that continues to train, continues to ride the STP, and rides his age in miles on his birthday every year. This year, a friend of mine who is over 70, previous multiple-time STPer, but has been off a bike for a number of years rode 85 miles of it. Also this year I met Jerry Baker, the guy that has done them all so far!  I admire the commitment a family shows when mom and dad are riding with their nine or ten year old, and when they’ve all got big grins on since they’re crossing the bridge into Portland, only about 8 miles from the finish. My ‘favorite cyclists’ are those folks that are proving something to themselves. Oh, and the guy who rode the unicycle 200 miles? He must be crazy, but a good crazy.

Q – How can those interested keep up with your cycling accomplishments?
A – Come on a ride in the Pacific Northwest! Also, keep an eye on Onehub’s facebook page. My team members often publish slick, and also embarrassing, photos of me there.

We hope you found our interview with Brian to be interesting. We can’t wait for you to meet our next staff member next month!

Secure Online File Sharing for Schools – At a Discount!

Schools are Moving to the Cloud
There has been a lot of talk recently about schools moving to the cloud. With Onehub, students can download learning materials (documents, videos, lectures, slideshows, etc.) from anywhere, anytime. They can submit work using Onehub’s secure online file sharing to have it graded upon completion.

We have just announced that we are extending our popular 20% non-profit business discount to schools.  This will make it easier for schools to take advantage of our secure online file sharing service, while promoting collaboration among students, faculty, and researchers.

There are several reasons why schools benefit from using Onehub:

  • Schools will saves time and money
  • Students will be able to collaborate with classmates easier
  • Students will be exposed to advanced technology

Save time and money
Funding for schools is a big concern, especially as on-site hardware continues to age and stretch budgets further. By using secure online file sharing, schools can save money on upgrading storage space and hardware.  The new 20% discount to schools from Onehub will make it even more cost-effective to have access to online file sharing.

Collaborate with classmates
Collaboration is key to learning. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace is essential, and schools must prepare their students for this.  Using Onehub’s secure online file sharing allows students from different continents to work together on projects.  Researchers at neighboring universities can share and edit files seamlessly, regardless of geography.  They can even access files via mobile devices. Onehub ensures security by giving users the ability to set folder and file-level permissions.  This means that only the people who are supposed to have access can get it.  Security is a critical concern with any cloud-based technology, but Onehub’s unique permissions settings give our clients peace of mind.

Exposes students to advanced technology
The future of computing is in the cloud.  Using online secure file sharing helps schools, students, and teachers learn current technology while preparing them for the future. Many schools and businesses are already using cloud computing, and those that don’t transition soon will be left behind.  Onehub gives schools (and businesses) the peace of mind and control needed to make online file sharing work in the world of education.

To learn more about Onehub’s online file sharing 20% discount for schools on the Onehub pricing page. You can also tweet us at https://twitter.com/onehub.

On-Premise Enterprise File Sharing from Onehub

We know that some IT managers are not ready to use a public cloud file sharing solution. It may be because of government regulations or other reasons that are out of their control. Regardless of whether your file sharing is on premise or “in the cloud”, we’re here for you. In addition to our standard Onehub cloud file sharing solution we also offer a private cloud solution, which can be hosted on premise.

Here are some reasons Onehub customers might pick an on-premise file sharing solution:

Complete Control Over Your Data
With on-premise enterprise file sharing, your data is always hosted on your own network and completely under your control. You decide who can access which files. Since on premise literally means “in the same building” your company alone has access to the resources.

Onehub On Premise

Regulatory Compliance
Compliance is a typical reason IT staff may pick an on-premise file sharing solution. Sometimes public cloud providers (Onehub included) can’t meet the myriad of government regulated red tape (ITAR, EU data privacy laws, financial services, etc.) for every type of compliance.  On-premise file sharing gives you the ability to control your infrastructure to meet any compliance needs.

Improved Security
In an on-premise private cloud scenario, you maintain control of the physical server and who has access to it. Your server can exist behind locked doors in your very own server room. Management can have the peace of mind of knowing exactly where the data is located and control who can access the machines.

From the internet, your server will exist behind your own firewall, which can be configured and updated whenever needed. This gives you greater flexibility for controlling remote services like VPN, etc. Since the hardware is dedicated to a single organization, you have the ability to ensure the highest levels of security.

Does This Sound Like Your Business?

One or more of these reasons might account for why you are thinking about going with a private vs. public cloud. We get it, and can support whichever your business needs. It’s totally possible to install Onehub on a server within your data center, which allows you to have all of the awesome file sharing features that we provide, while still having full control.

Learn more by contacting us directly at https://onehub.com/enterprise.