Executive Viewpoint 2017 Prediction: Nexsan – A Move to the ‘Datacenter On the Go’ Approach
Towards the end of 2016 we heard that vSphere-based cloud services will run on AWS in 2017, a move that shows the major players are preparing to accommodate customers in a hybrid cloud environment. No matter how far we look into the future, there will always be data too sensitive to trust to public cloud services. So whilst some companies will create a hybrid cloud strategy, and some may go all private, most companies, especially larger ones, will not risk their data to a 100% public cloud strategy. So what of file sync and share? Clearly for 2017 with greater data, and a workforce, built up of increasingly higher proportions of millennials, the demand to access to data wherever it is, and across multiple devices will not diminish. Companies which don’t allow for employees to file sync and share easily, will slow down productivity, create more shadow IT and put off new talent.
Organizations not only face a demand from today’s generation for more flexible and fluid ways of working, but many businesses operate from multiple sites with remote and mobile workforces. Employees need to be able to share and access data so they can work collaboratively with their team and partners, without compromising on security and privacy. Additionally, businesses need to have a long term view when it comes to capacity as the new year brings increased data from existing social media as well as new sources from IoT, machine to machine (M2M) and robotics, for example.
The ever-growing mobile workforce demands instant file access at all times for productivity and business performance, but accessing company data without compromising security is a challenge for both employees and IT staff alike. Today’s NAS storage solutions have not kept up with the times, creating a gap between the worlds of the datacenter and the connected mobile user. 2017 will see forward thinking companies not just creating secure file sync and share capability, but intertwining them with the company’s storage environment to enable access to corporate files and avoid damaging or duplicating files. In essence, organizations need a datacenter on the go in order to fulfill the needs of a modern, connected workforce.
For decades the go-to sharing technology has been e-mail or USB sticks and more recently the public cloud. But all of these have inherent issues limiting their effectiveness. Many storage and FSS solutions exist for individual requirements, which businesses will typically cobble together in a costly and inefficient manner to form their IT environment. Businesses often rely on multiple solutions for storage, data management, file sharing and security rather than one unified solution. As well as being complex and costly, individual solutions are designed for specific requirements and will often not work in tandem with each other. As a result, we are seeing many employees who want remote access trapped by traditional storage and security solutions and resorting to email even for sensitive data or using the public cloud to bypass restrictions.
Traditional FSS strategies can only solve half the problem. Despite being able to share data, users don’t have remote access to any data stored within the company’s firewall. Therefore, not only is storage hindered, but there is a limit to how much data users can access and store remotely. Enterprises with a pool of data need to allow and encourage remote access in order to create a more efficient and productive workforce. Security is still a priority but it should integrate with storage, capacity and remote access delivering storage on the go for 2017.