TrueDisk sniffs file-sharing opportunities

Hoping to capitalize on demand for collaboration applications, Inc. Monday announced the general release of its server-based file-sharing offering Extempo.

Officially emerging from stealth mode today, the Portland, Ore.-based startup's flagship product offers users the ability to create secure, ad-hoc virtual extranets for collaboration projects via a Web browser.

TrueDisk President and CEO Doug Pollack said Web-based file sharing offers an alternative to insecure, inefficient methods of collaboration such as e-mailing large attachments or traditional IPSec-based VPN products that confine collaboration to a single enterprise.

"We've developed our architecture over what we call hybrid p-to-p," Pollack said, explaining that the company is trying to leverage existing applications and business processes. "We're not trying to get people to come over to a brave new world."

Hosted on one company's server, Extempo permits a range of co-workers, external contractors, consultants, or services companies to participate in a collaboration project constructed on the fly.

The software solution also installs a Java applet on the PC or handheld client to administer the policy and file-sharing power administrated from the central Extempo server. On the server side, Extempo employs SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), 3DES, and RSA security technologies between the Extempo and separate Extempo Publisher client machines within the enterprise that manage the collaboration process.

TrueDisk is backed by SBV Venture Partners and XR Ventures. Extempo is scheduled to begin shipping April 30, starting at $2,995 for a 10-user "starter pack" license.

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