Connected Data has introduced Transporter Network Storage Connector to add the drag and drop file sync and share functionality of its Transporter private cloud devices to businesses on-premise network attached storage (NAS) systems and Windows file servers.
The free software solution will add secure, private cloud, file sync and share services on Connected Data’s high-end Transporter 75 and 150 private cloud storage appliances – Transporter 15 and 30 models are excluded.
The new Transporter Network Storage Connector syncs enterprise data stored, on NAS systems and file servers with Transporter shared folders allowing users in organisations to add the Dropbox-like drag and drop Transporter functionality on their NAS and Windows File Server devices while maintaining data behind the organisations’ firewall. Additionally mobile users will be able to access data without the need for a VPN – the Transporter effectively sits in front of the NAS device insider the firewall and handles all the security and connectivity to the cloud either using its own security tables or with data from Active Directory (see diagram below).
“IT wants control over company data, but modern users are addicted to the Dropbox way of accessing and managing files putting company data at risk. This is driving IT to seek better solutions that they can maintain and control behind their firewall,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO, Connected Data. “With the release of our Transporter Network Storage Connector for Transporter 75 and 150 appliances, we give businesses a cost-effective way to update their NAS systems and file servers, and deliver the ‘anytime, anywhere’ cloud experience users want while still maintaining full control over data location and protection.”
The solution is compatible with multiple NAS systems including those from NetApp, Dell, HP, EMC but as yet not Drobo – they were until a few weeks ago part of Connected Data until being sold to a consortia of private investors.
Connected Data claims the costs for the Transporter solutions – the software is free but you do need a Transporter 75 or 150 in place for the solution to work – should be recouped in “under 12 months” and can be deployed without having to disrupt existing applications and processes.