In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Terri McClure discusses Box's recent announcement to offer unlimited storage to smaller businesses, and how the media have focused on this announcement, thereby missing the true value of online file sharing (OFS) solutions.
July 2014 saw the fourth EMC “MegaLaunch,” featuring a broad swathe of announcements across EMC’s portfolio. While the range of news - and associated materials - to consume can seem daunting, this 8 minute “On Location” video blog (featuring ESG analysts Jason Buffington, Terri McClure and Mark Peters) will give you some key headlines and commentary in a very efficient and easily digested manner….
On July 10, AWS unveiled its online file sharing and collaboration solution, Zocalo. It is a natural next step as it continues to build up its end-user computing portfolio – and could have far reaching market impact.
The market has been waiting for EMC to acquire a cloud gateway company, but for years the speculation was it would be acquired by the cloud division as a data onboarding tool for Atmos. Today EMC announced the acquisition of Natick MA- based TwinStrata by the storage division as a part of its VMAX strategy. This is indeed an intriguing and smart move.
IT shops are looking to achieve greater efficiency and agility, so they are embracing cloud technology, whether to build an internal private cloud, move to a public cloud, or adopt a hybrid mix of cloud technologies. But when it comes to transforming the file storage environment, the road to efficiency is fraught with challenges. File data is often stuck in silos of Windows File Servers and dedicated NAS systems scattered across the enterprise. And even for shops where file data is tightly managed, when it comes time to update systems to take advantage of newer technology or embrace cloud economics, migrating data to the new environment is a difficult process: lengthy, time-consuming, people-intensive, and expensive. Data Dynamics StorageX can help IT organizations deal with the new era of IT, breaking down the barriers between file repositories and even between the data center and the cloud, helping IT transform the file storage environment in support of building agile IT.
There is significant pent-up demand for alternatives to cloud-based online file sharing solutions, primarily driven by a desire to leverage existing IT investments and control the data that gets stored in the cloud, as well as the perceived security threats associated with cloud services. ownCloud offers an alternative model that meets these requirements. But there is more to the solution than meets the eye.
As usual ESG had a strong analyst representation at this year’s EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Watch this 6 minute video blog, to get a flavor of the event and to hear the key “takeaways” and initial high level insights from a broad spectrum of ESG experts – on the storage ‘beat,’ there’s Terri McClure and myself, for data protection there is Jason Buffington, and you can also see and hear from Kevin Rhone (channels/partners) and Kerry Dolan (ESG Lab).
ESG Senior Analyst Terri McClure focuses on network attached storage, file systems, unified storage, cloud storage, and online file sharing and collaboration solutions. Since joining ESG, she has become a much-sought-after analyst in the storage space. Terri brings more than 20 years of data storage industry experience to her role.
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