NATICK, Mass., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nasuni®, a provider of enterprise storage to large, distributed organizations, today announced the addition of mobile access from Apple and Android devices. End-users can now access their corporate files with the simplicity and convenience that they've come to expect through their use of consumer-oriented cloud storage services, while providing enterprise IT with the security, integration and control required to safeguard mission-critical information and systems.
"Enterprise IT no longer needs to fear that their end users will circumvent existing security policies in order to access their files from mobile devices," said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni. "The challenge for IT is to deliver convenient access to data without jeopardizing security. Mobile access needs to be an extension to the existing storage and security infrastructure. It should be a feature of the infrastructure rather than another application IT has to manage. We are extending the capabilities of our storage controllers to handle mobile devices. Our goal with this release is to delight the end-users while not asking IT to change their security perimeter."
With Nasuni's mobile access capability, end-users can:
- Access the corporate fileshare from anywhere via a free app from Nasuni on their iPhone, iPad and Android devices;
- Upload images, videos and documents without having to wait until they get back to the office;
- Deliver presentations and review documents, knowing they are working off of the most up-to-date version, even when they are on the road; and
- Share documents across any mobile device or computer with colleagues.
At the same time, enterprise IT maintains the centralized control and security that customers have come to expect from Nasuni, including the ability to:
- Authenticate users through Active Directory, while leveraging existing users and groups;
- Enable and disable access at an individual device level;
- Eliminate sensitive data remotely from compromised devices;
- Guarantee data security with encrypted transmission and file storage, and;
- Keep control and management of data inside the corporate firewall and not in the cloud.
"One of the major drawbacks of many cloud-based file sharing solutions is that, while they offer mobile access to data, they do not integrate with the existing storage infrastructure and do not give enterprise IT the level of control and security they desire," said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG. "Nasuni's addition of mobile access to its storage solution gives enterprise IT the mobile experience end-users want without sacrificing security or control. It's a great example not only of the potential of a hybrid approach to cloud computing, but also an example of how enterprises can address the increasing trend toward the consumerization of IT head-on."
Nasuni provides a branch and remote office storage solution that delivers consolidated storage to the distributed enterprise. Consolidated storage brings all primary storage (i.e. file and block) together with built-in backup, replication, and offsite protection using an on-site appliance connected to the cloud. With Nasuni, IT can deliver centrally-managed global file access with the performance that end-users demand and a single master cloud storage system that enables consistency and control.
It is secure because all data is encrypted on-site using the customers' own keys before forwarding to the cloud. And it scales to meet the needs of as many remote offices as required, anywhere on the globe, eliminating the need for slow VPNs and expensive, cumbersome replication or WAN optimization schemes.
The addition of mobile access is a natural step for Nasuni. The company first enabled primary access for the Windows world with CIFS in 2009, and added extended file support with NFS the following year. This summer, Nasuni announced iSCSI support, which gave remote offices a complete storage solution that encompasses both files and blocks. With the introduction of HTTPS, employees may access the corporate fileserver via their mobile devices or using a standard web browser as well. With so many users reaching a level of comfort with web-based solutions, corporate IT can now deliver their fileshare through a browser-based interface.
"Our end-users are increasingly asking for mobile and web-based access to their data, but we've been reluctant to give up control over our data to a cloud storage service that doesn't integrate with our own systems or give us the level of security we need," said Mike Driscoll, Infrastructure Architect at The Walsh Group. "We've been successfully using Nasuni to provide our remote offices with uniform, shared storage, and expect the same quality product for Mobile Access. The way Nasuni is going to deploy support for mobile devices will give our end users the 'Dropbox' experience they want while providing the level of security and integration that the company demands."
Nasuni's mobile access capabilities will be available on Monday, Sept. 17 to all current and future Nasuni customers at no additional charge.
Nasuni is an enterprise storage company that provides globally-distributed organizations with a simple, unified storage solution that includes mobile access for all of their remote and branch offices. By combining on-premise hardware with cloud storage, Nasuni delivers a secure, all-in-one data storage solution that provides local performance for users, simplified and centralized management for IT, and an easily scalable, complete remote office storage solution for the enterprise.
Nasuni is privately held and based in Natick, Mass. For more information, visit www.nasuni.com.
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