It’s important to ask the right questions when conducting an online file sharing comparison in order to find the best solution for your organization’s requirements. This brief features a checklist of questions to ask that are grouped into topic areas including basic functionality, service and support, administration and management, security, and data protection. The checklist is a useful tool for IT professionals who are researching online file sharing and collaboration (OFS) solutions for their organizations, and for OFS providers who want to understand how their offering stacks up against the competition.
The OFS Market is moving at a lightening fast pace with seemingly new entrants and new features added every week. Dropbox’s latest announcements around its business updates are an example of the ongoing feature enhancements that are released so quickly that I can barely keep up!
ESG’s research has shown that online file sharing (OFS) adoption is rising rapidly. However, many organizations are reluctant to trust their files to an OFS provider’s platform because of security concerns. One possible solution to these security concerns is a hybrid cloud model of OFS. In the hybrid cloud model, some of the organization’s files are stored in the OFS provider’s environment, while others remain within the organization’s own premises.
A hybrid cloud implementation can be an attractive deployment model for a corporate online file sharing (OFS) solution. Hybrid cloud benefits may include greater security and control for the customer organization. An ESG survey of nearly 500 IT professionals working at organizations of all sizes, with varying levels of interest (or disinterest) in OFS, revealed how much of an impact hybrid cloud offerings will have on the OFS market.
The use of corporate file sharing services is growing, but what’s behind this growth? The BYOD trend has been a key driver for the online file sharing market. The preponderance of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has driven many companies to sign up for and deploy a corporate account with an online file sharing (OFS) service.
Organizations are adopting or looking to expand the deployment of online file sharing and collaboration (OFS) and Social Enterprise software. Both technologies are interrelated but offer different benefits. This overlap and the unique value of each are reflected in the manner of and the inhibitors to adoption for both classes of product.
One reason organizations sign up for an online file sharing (OFS) service is to extend their storage capacity by moving files to the cloud. Some organizations opt for a hybrid cloud deployment, placing a portion of the organization’s files in the OFS provider’s cloud platform, but keeping other files and infrastructure components in their own data center. A handful of OFS providers support a hybrid cloud approach. This brief examines the pros and cons of a public cloud versus a hybrid cloud model for online file sharing.
Interest in corporate online file sharing (OFS) solutions is growing, due in large part to the consumerization of IT. ESG research shows a strong correlation between the number of smart phone and tablet users in an organization and the organization’s interest in corporate online file sharing and collaboration solutions. This brief charts the path that leads from a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy to OFS, and looks down the road to see what the next two years will bring for vendors and service providers of OFS and related technologies.
The most important security feature that customers expect of their online file sharing and collaboration (OFS) solution is antivirus. “Well, of course,” you might say. But this finding from ESG’s recent survey into the OFS market has come as a surprise to many OFS providers.
Choosing the best online file sharing service for your organization starts with asking the right questions. We’ve created a complete checklist of questions IT professionals can ask as they evaluate different online file sharing and collaboration (OFS) solutions. Vendors can use the checklist, too, for a better understanding of how their OFS offering stacks up against the competition.
Antivirus is one of the most important features that business customers expect for secure file sharing. When IT decision-makers were asked about the most important security features they look for when choosing an online file sharing and collaboration (OFS) solution, more than half cited antivirus scans. Yet this is a feature that OFS providers frequently bypass in their messaging. This brief lists and ranks the security requirements business customers look for in an OFS solution, and suggests next steps for OFS providers.
BYOD has been a key driver for online file sharing and collaboration (OFS). ESG’s research uncovered a very strong correlation between rogue online storage and file sharing usage (or suspicion thereof) and the surge of mobile devices in an organization.
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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