Jeff Lundberg

Sharing and Caring for Your Data

Blog Post created by Jeff Lundberg Employee on Jun 18, 2014

My son is starting to grasp the benefits of sharing. He’s also learning that sometimes it can go very wrong. While it may mean an extra cookie, it could also mean his sister makes off with the object of their mutual, yet wholly divergent interest. Organizations know sharing content among workers, business offices and datacenters may mean many more cookies. And while they want the compelling economics of cloud services, it could mean someone takes it, loses it, or breaks it. They need workforce mobility, data mobility among datacenters, remote and branch offices and cloud services. However, a general hesitation exists among many IT groups regarding the security, privacy and control that can be lost when pursuing these goals.


‘Consumerization of IT’ is a key contributing factor. While smartphones and tablets were originally marketed to individual consumers, the business appeal of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies in the workplace has never been greater. End-users expect internal IT services to be as good as or better than the external services they receive as personal consumers. One prominent example is file synch and share.


To paraphrase a recent Storage Switzerland piece: “There are several challenges with typical file synch and share services. First, most don’t provide the IT organization with any visibility into the user data stored in the cloud. As a result, IT has limited ways to audit what information is stored in these folders and validate whether users are complying with corporate data governance policies. Secondly, while some file synch and share offerings provide encryption for data in transit and at rest, most do not provide any additional measures to protect against unauthorized access.”

A serious consequence of IT consumerization is increased risk to the data assets stored in public clouds. In "Consumer device use is growing, but IT and security can't keep up" by Joan Goodchild with CSO (an online magazine specializing in risk and security management) reported a survey citing 83% of IT respondents who listed security concerns as the greatest barrier to enabling employees to use personal devices at work, and the need for trustworthiness of both enterprise and consumer devices.


The dilemma for IT is how to meet the always on, always changing business needs within budget while maintaining data visibility, corporate security and compliance that IT requires.  This is where HDS comes into play. With a flexible data mobility strategy based on updated and tightly integrated Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio featuring a unique remote office file serving solution as well as a file sync and share application, IT can choose to mobilize content across multiple HCPs, devices, locations, applications and storage resources.  Service providers can provide flexible business models to support dedicated, shared or on premise environments.  Data stored onsite can be consolidated and moved to and from one or more public cloud services based on the value or type of data - or else tiered to spin-down disk or removable media as access frequency declines and business value changes.


With the HCP Portfolio, IT gets the most secure and automated, self-protecting and highly efficient object storage solution that enables a move to a more responsive, service-driven model. One where security policies span data centers, remote and branch offices, offsite cloud services and mobile devices. One that manages metadata, encryption, dedupe and compression within private IT and allows the organization to derive new insights from their data. This is why the HCP portfolio is considered by many to be the most integrated and most secure solution for workforce mobility and secure hybrid cloud in the market.


Remember...‘Sharing is caring.’