One of the many announcements made at the recent SolidWorks World event was the upcoming release of Kenesto Drive, a cloud-based solution that provides users with automatic file versioning, automated backup and multi-CAD support.
Kenesto Corp, a leading cloud provider of engineering data management and lifecycle collaboration, created Kenesto Drive to help mainstream engineering customers better manage and share their files, in an infrastructure-free and simple way that’s exactly like using their local network drives, but with added benefits of automatic versioning, file locking/vaulting and more.
Kenesto Drive is Kenesto’s latest innovation for mainstream engineering companies designed to serve as an excellent alternative to the commonly used network drive. Kenesto Drive’s cloud-based solution enables small- and medium- sized companies to more simply, yet much more effectively store, share, lock-for-edit, and automatically version all their project files directly from users’ desktops, desktop applications and desktop file explorers. This includes support for engineering and design data, including 2D & 3D computer aided design files, images, presentations, specifications, and other related documents.
Using the Kenesto Drive, mainstream engineering companies have for the first time an infrastructure-free alternative to the use of in-house shared network drives. Kenesto Drive looks, feels, and works in exactly the same way as an in-house network drive, with the added benefits of:
* Automatic file versioning
* Extremely simple and effective file locking (vaulting)
* Automated back-up
* Personal file ownership with sharing
* Multi-CAD assembly support
* Intelligent off-line file access
* Document discussions and collaboration
* Project file organization
Kenesto Drive addresses one of the longest-standing issues for mainstream engineering companies: their ability to create, share, manage and protect their files without having to switch to other environments or invest in expensive and overbearing PDM/PLM tools. Kenesto Drive simply enhances their existing desktop environment and workflows.
“We’ve tried a variety of basic alternatives for file management and sharing, hoping to find something less risky and easier to use. Some of these alternatives have included Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and others. However, with each one we’ve given up in frustration.” said David Temple, director of Marketing and Communications at Nextremity Solutions, Inc. “None are ideal from accessibility, version management, project organization and collaboration standpoints; and none help to further reduce risk of files being overwritten in a collaborative engineering environment. Not to mention, none of them support or understand native engineering and CAD files well enough to be viable options for engineering. Kenesto Drive, on the other hand, is the perfect solution to replace the use of a network drive.”
Kenesto Drive will be available in mid-March for subscribers to the Kenesto service. You can find additional information on Kenesto Drive as well as the company’s other products here.