The enterprise data storage landscape is experiencing significant upheaval. While not all IT departments are making significant changes to their storage models, the insistent push of cloud technology, and the evolving demands of the BYOD (“bring your own device”) trend and its disciples, mean that changes are not matters of if, but when.
While there has been much hand-wringing over cloud solutions and employee-liable devices in the workplace, the time has come to create solutions that will enable the evolution of enterprise storage, rather than trying to quell the tide.
The most obvious trend driving the evolution of enterprise storage is the cloud, and its advantages are obvious – virtually limitless storage and simplified remote/mobile access to data.
The disadvantages of cloud computing, however, are also significant. Any time data is transmitted or stored outside the corporate firewall IT relinquishes some degree of control, and there is increased risk of a breach.
The less obvious force bearing down on storage is BYOD, and it is proving to be risky business.
The connection between mobile devices and storage may seem attenuated, but with the rise of personal cloud solutions like Dropbox, the lines are quickly starting to blur.
The fear with BYOD and consumerization IT is that before an IT department knows it, sensitive customer information, personnel files, financial records and strategic planning data may well end up in a cloud repository, completely out of their control.
Despite the significant security implications, enterprises cannot ignore the reality of mobile data access. Instead, enterprise IT must proactively make decisions about data storage that will both streamline mobile access and protect the most sensitive data.
TappIn by GlobalSCAPE is the most secure, easy-to-use solution for any small businesses’ network-attached storage needs. This program takes a different approach from cloud services by leaving your content on your computer and not in the cloud, so you retain control of your content on your machine and you control who sees it.
You get all the benefits of mobile data access – anytime anywhere without the risk of storing your content in the cloud. Businesses large and small have been using similar solutions for remote access – namely SSL VPNs – for some time now.
It provides a much greater measure of control over who can access your data and on what terms, something that is especially critical to businesses in an era when most employees are bringing their own web devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) into the workplace.