CTERA Networks Ltd. Cloud Storage Enablement suite is an example of this approach. CTERA’s offering provides a local ROBO appliance that functions as both local NAS storage and as a cloud gateway. ROBO users get LAN-speed storage, but all files are deduped, compressed, encrypted and replicated to a private or public cloud for data protection. Local applications, servers and users can continue to leverage local backup, while also getting off-site data protection. What marks this as a well-designed ROBO solution are the cross-ROBO file-sharing and synchronization features provided by the same components and connections.
If you’re looking for a storage offering that must scale to tens, hundreds or even thousands of ROBO sites, cloud-enabled storage should be on your short-list of alternatives.