Frankfurt, Munich, Paris / October 11, 2010
ENX, the communications network of the automotive industry today announced the immediate availability of a new secure web conferencing solution based on Adobe Connect. It combines a rich communication and collaboration experience with the ability of cross-company communication inline with corporate security and data protection policies.
Automotive suppliers are playing a critical role in complex vehicle development projects and have a strong need to use modern collaboration tools. „Hosting such solutions within the own enterprise can be complex and costly. Attempts to open such tools to other companies too often end in security policy deadlocks,“ says Florian von Kurnatowski, Director Business Development of ENX Association. “Cloud-based services can be an ideal solution if offered in a controlled business-grade environment”.
The ENX network based cloud services provide for transparency on data location and legal compliance standards under which they operate.
„The service is designed to satisfy both, the needs of the individual automotive engineers and their security departments“ says Lennart Oly, Managing Director of ENX Association. „The operation in a stable and privacy-respecting legal environment provides a trustworthy basis for cloud services, our community of more than 1.600 companies in Europe and North America makes it as open as needed.“
Important for the end user is the access to rich collaboration services coming from leading software providers. Adobe‘s Connect family of products is used for the first ENX-based webconferencing offer.
“Adobe Connect is a leading solution for browser-based collaboration; it is operated from a number of Adobe datacenters worldwide, for maximum redundancy and scaleability, to support thousands of users worldwide over the public Internet”, says Günther Krämer, Manager of Business Development at Adobe. “We do understand, however, that certain companies and industrial communities place a very specific focus on data control and privacy. For these cases, Adobe is already offering Enterprise versions of Connect. The availability of Adobe Connect on the automotive ENX network fills a critical gap between the use on-premise and over the pubic internet. This fits well in Adobe’s strategy for multi-channel delivery of its solutions.“
The service is physically hosted and operated by Noris Network AG, an operator with datacenter locations in Nürnberg and Munich, Germany and is currently in pilot and available to all ENX users. The final certification and full operational availability of the solution is expected for Q4/2010.
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