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Connected Data Transporter software add-on syncs NAS files

Connected Data Transporter Connector software upgrade gives on-premises enterprise NAS devices the ability to sync files with Connected Data Transporter folders.

Connected Data today took another step to push into the enterprise with its Transporter Network Storage Connector...

software that syncs data stored on NAS systems with Connected Data Transporter shared folders.

The connector is a software add-on to Connected Data's Transporter 75 and 150 2U appliances that share files on a cloud. The Transporter 75 scales to 12 TB and handles about 75 users, and the Transporter 150 scales up to 24 TB and supports 150 users. The Transporter Network Storage Connector software is part of base pricing for the appliances, which begins at $9,999 for a Transporter 75. The Connector software supports NetApp Data Ontap and Windows Server operating systems.

The appliances launched in October 2014 with solid-state drives for metadata and acceleration and hard disk drives for storage. They scale out by adding more Transporters. One appliance can connect to multiple in-house NAS devices.

By syncing data stored on the NAS systems with the Connected Data Transporter shared folders, Connector eliminates the need for a Virtual Private Network while maintaining security and protection because it sits behind the company firewall.

"We work with the CIFS share in the NAS device by enabling the pathway between the Transporter and the NAS device already in the data center," said Tony Hampel, Connected Data's director of product marketing. "It picks up the data on the NAS and makes it available by the user on mobile devices anywhere, anytime."

Connected Data Transporter started by focusing on the SOHO and consumer markets with a cone-shaped 2.5 TB device but began to move upstream when its larger 75 and 150 models were released last year. The 75 and 150 support Active Directory and AES encryption for data in transit.

"You have NAS deployment solutions like NetApp that are 20th-century solutions but the workflow is evolving," Hampel said. "It's a very mobile workforce. However, they are violating IT policies by creating their own public accounts. That's great for users, but if you are in a regulatory industry, it can hurt the company. The Transporter mirrors whatever is going on in the security of your NAS and in the Active Directory."

Terri McClure, an analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, said other products such as Citrix ShareFile and EMC Syncplicity have also been upgraded to support NAS.

"They [file share vendors] want to extend their existing investment onto mobile devices, but migration is painful," she said. "It's a painful process for IT, so they want to avoid migration while also extending their legacy investment. Our research also shows they want to keep some or all of their data on-premises."

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