A ‘File Server in the Cloud’ is hard to find!

Disclaimer: I am not one of the ESG analysts who specializes in "mobility" or cloud-based file services … I’m “the backup guy” covering data protection. But as a twenty-five-year hands-on technologist, I’m sharing a personal experience for your consideration.

This weekend, I decided to fully embrace the cloud by getting rid of my last "production IT resource" in my Dallas office—a file server. This is not complicated, right? It is currently a 2TB VM with less than a dozen file shares on it and serving 3-5 users with various permissions to the shares. That is a configuration that anyone who has ever spun up a copy of Windows Server OS could do in less than an hour—but can you do it in the cloud? Not as easily as you might think.

Topics: Online File Sharing cloud services

Video Blog: The Demand for Hybrid Online File Sharing Solutions

As part of my coverage of the file storage space, I always get asked whether those responsible for file sharing solutions within their organization are really comfortable moving their organization’s file data into the cloud. I’ve had plenty of anecdotal discussions that show me that some are, some are not. And comfort level with the cloud does not necessarily fall down the lines of regulated versus non-regulated environments. I’ve spoken to IT managers in regulated environments that are in or moving to the cloud, and non-regulated that are keeping data on prem.

So late last year we set out to research the topic and get some answers specific to the online file sharing (OFS) and collaboration world. We surveyed 334 North American IT professionals representing small (20 to 99 employees), midmarket (100 to 999 employees), and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations to find out about their organizations’ usage of, interest in, and opinions regarding OFS services and deployment model preferences. All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating, purchasing, or managing information technologies needed to store, access, and share company documents and files for their organizations.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Online File Sharing OFS Terri McClure

Video Blog: Catching Up with Syncplicity

EMC acquired Syncplicity in May of 2012. Since then the company has been pretty quiet when it comes to announcing new functionality. Not completely quiet - it announced a new enterprise edition, and support for on-premises storage (Atmos and Isilon) - though data needed to be migrated into the Syncplicity environment even for existing Isilon users. There were other announcements, like secure shared links. But in a crowded market where Box and Dropbox seem to dominate the airwaves, EMC needed to make a splash. The new Syncplicity functionality does. The client is intuitive and easy, and (hallelujah) now has integrated editing (something Soonr introduced years ago but that has been slow to be introduced across the board - Accellion, Citrix Sharefile, and Workshare now have it along with EMC, but it is a small group of vendors that do it. As a frequent tablet user I truly appreciate this). EMC also added information rights management (IRM) policies for shared files like read/write, copy, print, watermark, screen capture, etc., to protect corporate data. It added some more collaborative and social features as well as admin rights. Watch the video for more details from Jeetu and Dave - and keep an eye out for a brief we are publishing that covers the new product in detail.

Topics: Storage EMC End-User Computing IT Infrastructure mobile Online File Sharing OFS Terri McClure Syncplicity

Keeping Up with the OFS Vendors

Thrilled to have an IT Depends guest post from Kristine Kao. You'll see Kristine post here as she continues to play a key role as an analyst covering storage here at ESG, with a specific focus on Online File Sharing and Collaboration—or what we affectionately call OFS. - Terri

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage End-User Computing IT Infrastructure mobile Online File Sharing Public Cloud Service