Enterprise storage: file sync and share?

What is file, sync and share technology and how does it work?

Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) allows users to synchronise and share files between multiple devices, whether this is documents, photos, videos or files.

As we become a more mobile workforce, EFSS is becoming increasingly popular and when used effectively it can enable organisations to create a more collaborative team. By allowing users remote access to even the largest files via their smartphones, tablets, desktops or secure private web browsers, without the need for a VPN, organisations can streamline their file sharing process, thus adding business value.

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Companies such as Box and Dropbox have taken advantage of this demand and created huge user bases; Nexsan is enabling organisations to create a similar capability but controlled by IT and under active directory for security.

With the storage market growing there are endless solutions available. How will Nexsan help its channel partners with this?

As the channel for the industry’s first hyper-unified storage offering, Nexsan’s partners have a unique product in the market that can meet growing customer demands. In addition, each member of the company’s innovative Global Partner Network is entitled to a wealth of resources that include online and in-person training, sophisticated marketing tools, sales and pre-sales technical support, all of which make selling easier. Partners that join the Nexsan Channel Programme have the assurance that Nexsan will protect their deals and businesses with deal registration, leading margins and SPIFs (sales performance incentive funds).

Do you think ransomware will continue to be a major challenge for organisations in the next year?

Definitely. According the NCA 2016 report, the cost of cybercrime to the UK economy was billions of pounds per annum and this number is continuing to grow. The report even went on to show that there were over 2.46 million cyber incidents and 2.11 million victims in the UK in 2015.

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Recent data breaches such as the ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack that affected organisations on a global scale have demonstrated that this issue is on the rise. It should be a given that organisations have a backup storage strategy in place, for it is actually not a matter of if anymore, it’s when a ransomware attack will affect them.

What sets Nexsan apart from other storage solutions?

Nexsan has been known for innovative storage solutions for over 18 years. We pioneered highly dense, reliable, efficient block storage when no one else was doing so. Today we are redefining unified storage in a way that is unique in the market. While many vendors offer unified storage, only Nexsan offers unified storage plus: we include enterprise file sync and share (EFSS), n-way sync, and integrated optional secure archive with our Unity™ systems.

This provides organisations a way to create an on-prem private cloud that delivers access to corporate files when and where workers need them, and an archive with unmatched security and standard compliance. We call this hyper-unified storage.

What is the difference between Nexsan’s storage solutions and cloud-based equivalents?

Nexsan’s flagship product, Unity, provides the agility and flexibility of the cloud but through an on-premises privately owned appliance.

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Unlike cloud-based solutions with Unity, the organisation has full control of data availability, visibility and locality. Nexsan provides the benefit of cloud access with the security and control of an on-prem solution.

Do you think the cloud market will mature and develop in the next five years?

Yes. According to a survey that Nexsan conducted recently amongst approximately 120 UK-based IT professionals, 83% of them confirmed that their confidence in public and private cloud had grown in the last year. Cloud is here to stay, but it is up to organisations to leverage the right solution for their requirements.


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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...