One Size Does Not Fit All
Cloud based storage offers many advantages to organizations, including reliability, elasticity and cost efficiency that far exceed traditional storage architectures. However, there are significant challenges around security, access performance, and compatibility with existing IT architectures. Organizations utilize cloud storage in diverse scenarios, including branch offices, remote offices and mobile workers. That makes balancing performance, data security and manageability a real challenge that cannot be addressed by 'one size fits all' architecture.
CTERA's hybrid architecture makes it possible to embrace cloud storage for a variety of deployment scenarios without having to integrate disparate technologies. It provides a mix of hardware and software options, and allows to balance cloud vs. on-premises storage requirements.
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CTERA Hybrid architecture allows corporate IT departments and service providers to select the right form-factor for a given deployment scenario, optimizing the user experience and cost of ownership:
- Remote sites take advantage of CTERA Cloud Storage Gateways and benefit from local storage access performance, coupled with cloud-based data protection aggregated for all on-premises users.
- Individual users install the CTERA agents on their workstations to synchronize folders and enjoy reliable backup, both done directly to the cloud.
- Mobile workers use the CTERA Mobile App to access and share files from smartphones and tablets.
- CTERA Portal aggregates cloud storage access from all end-points, appliances, agents and mobile apps. The portal ensures data consistency, maintains version history and facilitates file sharing amongst users, regardless of their access method.
Storage & WAN Optimized
CTERA employs both global source-based de-duplication and data compression. This ensures that only incremental data changes are transferred for storage in the cloud, and that data blocks are stored only once, which dramatically reduces storage capacity needs and overall network traffic.
Unified, Centralized Management
The CTERA gateway appliances and end-point agents are remotely managed with CTERA Portal using a single web-based console. Template-based management, centralized monitoring, customized alerting and remote software and firmware upgrade capabilities make it easy to manage appliances of various types and sizes as well as individual end-point agents – up to tens of thousands of connected devices – with no need for on-site IT presence in remote locations.