Many distributed enterprises face file sharing and cross-site collaboration challenges. At the top of the list is managing original data that’s been generated across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of remote offices. Related to that are the files that must be shared, sometimes in real-time between those offices.
These files can be data intensive—big files that aren’t easy to move but must be shared seamlessly, without being changed, or corrupted, and in a timely manner. Any delays or complications in these file sharing efforts undermines productivity. It causes employee frustration too, hurting that enterprise’s ability to compete, as it loses time and devotes additional resources and people power to solving inter-office data sharing issues.
We know that this is an ongoing struggle for businesses today. But what are the leading approaches an enterprise can take to ensure file sharing is an effortless process for the end user? There are a few methods an enterprise can employ:
- An organization could continue with a ‘legacy’ approach – storing files on local, non-connected NAS/file servers and collaborating with other offices via email or FTP. This is not the ideal scenario for most companies, especially those concerned with file data performance and user productivity. Productivity is hampered because of the cumbersome user processes (download / edit/ save/ attach, etc.) and more importantly the lack of a global file system in which all users can see and access all files. Sharepoint also can be considered as a legacy approach to cross-site collaboration. It’s been known to add management overhead and offers what can be considered a clunky user interface.
- The organization also could deploy a solution that enables users to access that consistent set of files stored on cloud infrastructure. This path has drawbacks, too. Connections to the cloud are dependent on network bandwidth, and inevitably create at least some degree of increased latency. These limitations negatively impact performance and availability for clients at a remote site.
3. And then, there is utilization of the cloud storage gateway, or edge filer. Edge filers or cloud storage gateways transcend the typical file sharing limitations. Cloud storage gateways help bridge the gap between remote sites and the cloud, bringing visibility to all of an organization’s files, no matter where they reside for easy intra office collaboration. Increasingly organizations are adopting edge filers that combine cloud storage with the fast file access of local file servers—the best of both worlds.
Our HC Series Edge Filers are designed to provide high levels of capacity and performance for ROBO environments and their growing needs. CTERA edge filers provide file storage, collaboration, and backup in an all-in-one solution, which gives users local access to their cloud-based files, while synchronizing file changes to a global file system. Unlike other edge filers in the marketplace today, CTERA edge filers can scale as far and wide as the end user wants.
If you have remote offices that could use some help with version control, latency and file integrity, contact us. Find out more about our HC Series and how it can help your company’s home and branch offices stay on the same page.