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Connected Data adds appliances for secure file sharing

Connected Data has rolled out two new sync-and-share appliances for businesses that want on-premises secure file sharing.

Connected Data this week added two new appliances that offer on-premises file sync-and-share capabilities for small businesses and remote and branch offices.

The desktop Transporter 15 appliance model holds 8 TB of storage, supporting up to 15 users and an unlimited number of guest users. The Transporter 30 desktop device holds 12 TB of capacity for 30 users and an unlimited number of guest users. Both appliances automatically sync data between devices, do multisite replication and integrate with Microsoft Active Directory.

The file-sharing appliances also can be used for collaboration and off-site backup.

“We have a lot of people looking for a private business solution,” said Jim Sherhart, Connected Data’s vice president of marketing. “Our systems have a separate control plane from the data plane. The cloud is used to established connections for users. The application and data are stored privately on-site.”

Connected Data’s approach is different than most of the sync-and-share vendors in this market, which provide file sharing through software-only and in the public cloud.

Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said her company’s research shows businesses still have a strong desire to keep some portion of data on-premises. Also, appliances often are deployed on the edge and in remote offices.

“[Companies] are moving away from hardware but people still tend to really like appliances. They are faster to deploy and easy,” she said. “It meets people’s desire to keep data on-premises.”

In October, Connected Data introduced its first business-class, rackmount Transporter 75 system, which supports 75 users and 12 TB of storage. The largest appliance is the Transporter 150, which supports 24 TB and up to 150 users. Both these systems have solid-state drives for metadata and acceleration, which ar e not offered in the new systems.

Both appliance models support bring your own device applications such as the Transporter Mac App, Transporter Windows App, Transporter iOS and Transporter Android.

Connected Data also offers a Transporter product that is cone-shaped and holds 2.5 TB for the consumer and SOHO markets. The Connected Data product path is similar to the history of its sister company, Drobo, which began with consumer/SOHO NAS systems and later added storage for businesses. Connected Data CEO and founder Geoff Barrall also founded Drobo, and brought them together in a 2013 merger.

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