EMC trying out on-premise approach for enterprise online file sharing

Summary:EMC is trying alternative method at cloud-based file sharing for the enterprise base with what it touts as the "first end-to-end, on-premise storage solution for online file sharing."

While cloud adoption might seem like just a given at this point, there are still many businesses that are still more comfortable with the idea of on-premise storage. EMC is aiming to bring both forces together by syncing up a pair of its products.

Boasting to have developed the "first end-to-end, on-premise storage solution for online file sharing," EMC has essentially combined its Syncplicity cloud file sharing service with either its Isilon network-attached storage (NAS) or Atmos object storage solutions.

Thus, these products aren't so much as new but EMC has found a new way to frame them to customers still wary about moving their data to the cloud as well as those still confused over personal devices in the workplace.

The general idea by combining these two EMC products is to give customers an on-premise infrastructure for sharing and syncing content with all users, computers, and devices connected to the company network as well as with collaborators outside the firewall.

From a security standpoint, EMC asserted that this hybrid method of sorts gives IT more control over "today's consumer-oriented" culture for online sharing while meeting corporate and legacy security requirements.

Furthermore, EMC assured that files are not duplicated and copied to both the cloud and the on-premise infrastructure, clarifying that data stored on-premise is only on-premise -- therefore under the IT radar.

EMC's Syncplicity with either Atmos or Isilon tacked on is available now in beta to enterprise customers.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Cloud, EMC, Enterprise 2.0, Storage


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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