What is SyncOffice-VA?


SyncOffice-VA is SyncOffice virtual appliance. It is a VirtualBox (or similar virtual host) guest image; also can be burned into a bootable USB/CD/DVD.

Fundamentally, SyncOffice-VA is a custom made and simplified Linux operating system containing only one main application: SyncOffice suite. Its main differences from SyncOS are that it has not persistent storage, has no other office applications and customer cannot install other applications on it.

A set of support tool and utilities are provided to let customer forming his own infrastructure for certification, authorization and remote control management, include SyncOffice Manager and SyncOffice Authenticator. These tools are not only for SyncOffice-VA, but also for SyncOS as well as standalone Windows SyncOffice suite application.

SyncOffice-VA remasters the Debian distro to create a sandbox Linux OS. SyncOffice-VA adds an encryption layer on the file system.

When SyncOffice-VA is booted up, it searches optional certificate in local storage and audits against the certificate. Once audit passed, it automatically updates various credentials, and login to its corporate cloud. The cloud is the typical file repository and workplace to process the document.

SyncOffice-VA can be used without local stored certificate. Without certificate, SyncOffice-VA works in freeware mode. In freeware mode, SyncOffice document access is managed by its Login extension's Runtime Config features.

Teleon provides SyncOffice-VA as a live OS image file with .iso file extension. If customer uses it without certificate, he can use this .iso file directly in VirtualBox, or burns it into a live CD/DVD or live USB. If customer wants to use it with a certificate, there are several means for customer to add it locally, which will be discussed later on.

The current SyncOffice-VA is built based on Debian 9 Stretch Release. The SyncOffice-VA support utilities are developed by Teleon from scratch. Some of these key technologies and sources include:

  • Debian: The under layer Linux flavor which Open Secure-K OS used.
  • Open Secure-K OS: The under layer Linux distro SyncOS remastered from.
  • Eclipse: Java development studio for SyncOS authorization applications.
  • Rufus: Rufus is a utility that helps format and create SyncOS bootable USB flash drives.
  • Rclone: Rclone is a command line program to manage files on cloud storage.
  • PHP 7: Teleon Remote Support Service Supporting SyncOS is written in PHP 7.
  • WinISO: WinISO is a popular ISO image file utility tool, which can be used by customer to merge own certificate etc files into SyncOffice-VA.

SyncOffice-VA's Place in the Universe

There are a lot of security oriented operating system exist. Live CD and Live USB operating systems are considered more secured than ordinary disk installed OS. Critical document and data processed by Live OS typically won't leave any trace on its host's disk. It's also a read only OS that intruded spam or virus cannot survive between reboot.

Based on Live Debian distro, SyncOffice-VA goes further on sandboxing. SyncOffice-VA is not a ordinary Live OS, it encrypted the Live OS's file system. When it boot up, it decrypt and load the file system into memory, do audit against local stored certificate optionally, retrieve and update credentials provided by the administrator. It deciphers the corporate cloud credentials and auto login to the cloud to create a sandboxed work place.

SyncOffice sealed within SyncOffice-VA OS container forms a perfect document process sandbox.

Business owner and manager should be less worry about critical corporate data processed on SyncOffice-VA may leak out, even to its user. SyncOffice-VA's user can process the document using embedded SyncOffice, but he could not get the document out onto his hand. He could not save-as it out, print it out, upload to web, attach to email or IM, even copy and paste. He can only access the document to and from the corporate cloud That is, you can read it, you can edit it, you can save it to cloud, but you cannot get it on your hand. This is what SyncOS stands out from the rest.

SyncOffice-VA Portal and Information Website

You can find the web portal at Teleon portal site.

Order and customer oriented information can also be found on Teleon client site.

For more detailed technical information, you can browse related chapter on Teleon document site.

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