Managing Distributed File Storage and Backups at Branch Offices
by Jaap van Duijvenbode on October 27, 2015
A nearly universal problem among businesses that operate numerous branches that are separated geographically is the issue of distributed file storage. This presents numerous problems, including duplicate files, difficulties identifying the latest version of files, protecting files from being changed or corrupted by unauthorized people, and of course, the necessity of backing up all of the data at all of the different branch locations. Many have attempted to develop a solution to these issues, but only Talon has created a solution that is secure, scalable, and 100% compatible with Microsoft Azure.
Centralize the Data
Your branch offices in Liverpool, Singapore, and Buenos Aires will get the same high-level performance as your workers in the branch office in NYC receive.
The solution is to centralize the data at the main office, establish a secure, coherent, consistent, scalable, and easily managed system to support branch offices across the nation or around the world. The solution needs to be able to provide the same level of performance for users anywhere. With FAST™, businesses can establish this centralized pool of data, and then use the CloudFAST™ software to provide access to all of the various branch offices. This seamlessly and securely supports global file locking and provides high-performance access to all workers everywhere.
Create an Intelligent File Cache at the Branch
This setup is ideal, because it allows access to the files to everyone, yet it allows users to block access or block the ability to make changes to files to those who are unauthorized. It also solves the problem of sharing and collaborating on large, unwieldy files like CAD files, large spreadsheets, presentations, and other big files that workers from around the world need to be able to work together on and share with each other. Having a single point of enterprise data storage empowers the company to act as a single organization, even if their rooftops are as far apart as New York and Tokyo or London and Sydney.
Improving IT Management & Security Across the Organization
This isn't just a matter of convenience, it's also a matter of security. Instead of having to employ IT security experts and maintain databases at all of the separate branch offices, you can utilize one single security and database management team at your headquarters. Since no data is kept onsite at your branch locations, there is no need to have IT specialists to over see it.
This simplifies IT infrastructure, lowers IT operational costs, cuts hardware expenses, and radically reduces the security issues your organization faces. It is far easier to protect a single data set than to protect multiple data sets around the world. Furthermore, for branch offices located in areas of the world most known for nefarious cyber activities, you can keep a close watch on network activities there.
Solving the Problem of Branch Office Backups
The costs you can save annually on backups, backup hardware, and the personnel to oversee regular branch office backups is considerable. You'll need little in the way of local IT support for your branch offices.
Aside from the convenience and security aspects, consolidation and centralization drastically simplifies the backup process. You no longer need to deploy backup solutions at all of your branch offices -- you only need to back up data at the operational headquarters. Again, this saves costs in multiple ways, including the need for hardware, the security issues surrounding backup files, and the personnel it takes to backup systems on a regular basis.
Are you ready for the future of file sharing? Contact the experts at Talon Storage to learn more about the innovative product FAST™ and how you can get started saving money and improving data security for your organization today.