"It is becoming increasingly evident that cloud-based storage, backup, and file sync & share services represent a major opportunity for cloud service providers," said Hervé Bourgeois, VP of international sales at CTERA. "We are thrilled that Telefónica, one of the world's largest telecom providers, chose to deliver those services based on our platform. The new partnership is an important milestone in our growth in the European market."Customers using the new cloud service can select a number of different configurations: Secure file sync & share : Bi-directional synchronization of local folders on users' PCs, Macs and Linux environments to the cloud, with full data-at-rest and data-in-transit encryption, and mobile collaboration supporting iOS and Android. Cloud-based team collaboration : Customers can set up shared workspaces for project teams, where users share files in the cloud, invite external users to access files on a time-limited basis, and have files synchronized to their PCs for local offline access. Cloud storage gateway appliances : Customers can choose to have an on-premises CTERA appliance that provides a full set of NAS (network attached storage) features, supporting CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP and rsync protocols, with RAID for local redundancy and customer-defined replication to the cloud. Hybrid local / cloud backup : Customers can back up their servers, laptops and desktops to the local CTERA appliance for hybrid local/cloud backup, at both file and disk-image level (bare metal). Backup is incremental, de-duplicated between users within the same company, and encrypted, with private key control given to the customer so that their data remains secure. Access anywhere: Customers can access and manage their shared files, backups and accounts on the Web, using a standard browser and mobile devices. Using CTERA's advanced Active Directory GPO (Group Policy Object) and Single Sign On integration, Telefónica's enterprise customers can effortlessly deliver end-point cloud backup and file sync & share services to hundreds or thousands of employees, with a single click.