Aron Brand, CTO at CTERA Networks, says that organisations should invest in cloud strategies that minimise the impact on end users.
“For example, you may want to leverage cloud storage as a cost-effective alternative to on-premises storage systems. But you’ll want to store data in the cloud while ensuring it as accessible as if it were stored locally. This is enabled today using smart caching devices at the edge of the network, which keep active file data local so that users have the same level of access as they’ve always enjoyed through a typical NAS/file server. But these caching devices – either endpoints or file servers – allow you to develop cloud-first strategies that centre on a global file system becoming the primary home for data, while endpoints provide a local cache of that cloud-based “golden copy,” he explains.