Today Connected Data (makers of Drobo) announced NAS integration with their Transporter 75 and 150 business private cloud storage devices.

The premise of this addition is simple. Businesses can simply point a Transporter 75 or 150 unit at their local NAS device and have that storage accessible via the usual Transporter methods. These work very much like Dropbox, where files can be synced across systems or available from a remote source, except in this case the 'could' is provided by a box located and secured at the business offices.

Transporter devices can also be added to smaller branch offices or other locations. Those remote locations can keep a subset (or all) of the data from the main office, preventing the need to have a full copy of all data synced across each and every system. The Transporter Desktop app can map shared folders and access them straight off of the network. Shares can also be synced with a local copy if the user chooses to do so.

It's good to see Connected Data continue to develop this platform, and we hope to see this NAS integration feature added to the smaller capacity 15 and 30 models as this would help speed adoption and integration for smaller businesses that have started out with all content on a smaller local NAS.

Full press blast after the break.

Transporter Transforms On-Premise NAS Solutions into Secure,
Private Cloud File Sharing Solutions    

New Transporter Network Storage Connector Protects NAS System Investments While Offering a Private Cloud File, Sync and Share Appliance with the Simplicity of Dropbox and the Security and Performance of Enterprise NAS

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – June 16, 2015 – Connected Data® today introduced its Transporter Network Storage Connector, enabling mid and large-sized businesses to protect their investment in on-premise network attached storage (NAS) systems while offering a secure, private cloud, file sync and share appliance.  Offered at no cost and included with Connected Data's Transporter 75 and 150 private cloud storage appliances, the new Transporter Network Storage Connector syncs enterprise data stored on NAS systems with Transporter shared folders. This seamless and secure file sharing solution eliminates the need for a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and is maintained behind a company's firewall for true data privacy and protection.

The Transporter Storage Connector extends the capabilities and benefits of enterprise NAS storage systems to deliver a turnkey, private cloud storage offering that provides the simplicity of Dropbox with the security and performance of enterprise NAS. The Transporter private cloud storage appliance gives users the ability to seamlessly sync important files and folders to laptops and mobile devices from any location for enhanced business productivity. Terabytes of files can be easily accessed over the Internet while the data remains 100% private and is stored only onsite for assured regulatory compliance, privacy, security and control.

Today's business and government organizations have made significant investments in their NAS systems that store vital data. Yet, an increasingly mobile workforce requires a way to seamlessly access and share files across mobile devices for increased productivity and business efficiency. Enterprise IT departments are wary of turning to the cloud for sharing critical file data due to security and compliance risk – especially in regulated industries. What's desired is an on-premise solution that operates as a cloud-based service that overcomes the obstacles of privacy and security concerns. In fact, according to Enterprise Storage Group, up to 70% of businesses surveyed are extremely interested in running cloud storage from their own datacenter.

"IT wants control over company data, but user needs have evolved and VPNs are considered difficult and unreliable, increasing user pressure to deliver cloud-like file sharing flexibility without the VPN. This is driving IT to seek better solutions that they maintain and control behind their firewall," said Geoff Barrall, CEO, Connected Data. "With the release of our Transporter Network Storage Connector for Transporter 75 and 150 appliances, we give businesses a cost-effective way to refresh their NAS systems and deliver the 'anytime, anywhere' cloud experience users want while still maintaining full control over data location and redundancy."

With such an extensive list of features, Transporter appliances keep data safe and secure within the company's own firewall while allowing users to access, share and synchronize data from mobile devices for business advantage.  The resulting solution is a more flexible, and higher performing private cloud solution with enterprise-class redundancy and seamless failover for reliability that public cloud file sharing services just can't deliver.

Transporter Network Storage Connector Benefits:

  • ·  Syncs seamlessly with enterprise data stored on NAS systems to extend value of existing storage infrastructure
  • ·  Provides mobile access to users without a VPN
  • ·  Enables users to access and sync different files located on multiple NAS systems
  • ·  Delivers the Dropbox experience and simplicity users demand
  • ·  100% non-disruptive to existing applications and processes
  • ·  IT retains control and security over the data
  • ·  Compelling 3-year total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • ·  Easy to deploy, inexpensive solution that allows IT to scale resources based on business requirements

The Transporter Network Storage Connector for the Transporter 75 and 150 private cloud appliance family is available now and supports NetApp Data ONTAP and Windows Server operating systems, with pricing starting at $9,999 for a Transporter 75 appliance.