Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing: Wouldn’t It Be Nice?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” Beach Boys 1966
Has the Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” song ever popped in to your head while thinking about an enterprise technology product? Probably not.
The other day the tune did occupy my mind for a few moments while discussing enterprise file sync and share since the market is becoming so large and yet pitfalls have prevented many enterprises from taking a serious look. Corporate IT is hoping that the promise of EFSS comes soon. “Wouldn’t be Nice”?
SnapSync from Sphere3D has addressed a few of the known pitfalls.
A few days before the official announcement about SnapSync, I connected with Nilesh Patel, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Sphere 3D (Formerly Overland Storage)
The main focus of our review was SnapSync.
Nilesh made an evaluation copy available to me and the ease of use and the speed of the file sharing was impressive.
Here is what I learned:
- Sphere3D is the parent company of a few companies that I bet you have heard of before Overland Storage and Tandberg Data
- They have a very interesting virtualization product family called V3 (VDI, virtual appliances and more)
- Sphere3D has a hyper-converged product
- Application virtualization is addressed by Glassware 2.0
- Public cloud, private cloud, and Big Data – they have an offering
SnapSync movesfile sync and share into the enterprise. EFSS is projected by Gartner to be over a $1B market opportunity for EFSS vendors in 2016. While there is no shortage of file share and sync products, people should do a good amount of research before selecting a vendor.
Buyer beware! A few issues to watch out for:
- Corporate information being shared in public ‘box’ storage accounts without any ability to track or audit
- Risk of information leaks from public ‘box’ cloud storage
- No IT control of who has the access, and what documents are being shared
SnapSync’s promise is that it is highly secure, fast and inexpensive. It has the ability to securely sync, share and access files from anywhere on any device (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android or iOS)
SnapSync is always under centralized IT control, with granular access right and revoke control with on-premise or secured private cloud implementation options using secured enterprise NAS storage
Besides being highly secure, SnapSync offers a simple, easy to use interface compared to other alternate solutions.
Author – Sean Shea, President of Virtual Intelligence Briefing