Having spent some time speaking to customers, partners and distributors across Europe I wasn’t surprised by the…cautious..approach Europeans have to sync & share.
It’s not enough to have a data center ‘in the region’, Europeans want that data center to be down the road. And if we can show up and take a tour, grab a coffee and have a biscuit we’ll do that too.
That’s why the full ‘as a service’ sync & share offerings will do business with a certain customers but will find others to be impenetrable. In this case you’re not selling an idea, you’re trying to change a culture and while ideas come and go culture lasts for generations.
So what do you do to fit into the culture? You build data centers of course!
The problem with data centres is they cost money to build. Mozy has a huge amount of production storage under management and when I look at something like Mozy Stash, which uses the Mozy backup application to ingest files thereby allowing for remote file access via the Mozy desktop, iOS and Android apps directly from Mozy’s datacentres, and I consider the infrastructure investment it would take to stand that up in every country in Europe, it’s head spinning.
What’s much more practical is to allow people to stand up their own sync & share services in the data centres they already own or already rent. Thereby allowing them to take those data center tours any time they choose.
Syncplicity with Atmos as it’s storage backend allows people to do just that. Deploy sync & share in your own data center or at a local service provider of your choice, using global namespace multi-petabyte object storage as the repository.
Your data resides inside Atmos, with object puts and gets from inside the organisation or authorised clients out on the internet flowing through stateless Syncplicity compute nodes (VMs or x86 servers running Syncplicity code in HA mode) located in a DMZ, which use an Atmos tenant as their storage repository.
These nodes provide front end connectivity for the desktop and mobile Syncplicity clients and perform various file transfer (resume, retransmission, compression) and optional security (inline file encryption) functions.
Only the Metadata and authorisation control, the over all orchestration components of the system, exist as a SaaS function outside of your data center. The data itself remains local to where ever you decide it should be local.
Of course, if you really hate your end users you can deploy it in a way that they have to login to the corporate network to access the data via your VPN. But what backward looking IT sadists would ever do that? -blink- -blink-
Mozy Stash and Syncplicity with Atmos. Two different offerings which cover the broad spectrum use cases for file sharing.
In public and in private.