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Connected Data Survey Reveals that Over One-Third of Companies Plan to Adopt a New File, Sync and Share (FSS) Solution in the Next 12 Months

Wilson Research Group Study of IT Personnel Finds 21% of Companies Surveyed with 1000+ Employees Plan to Change Their Current FSS System—and 12.6% Plan to Adopt Their First FSS System—Within One Year

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – September 9, 2015Connected Data® today announced findings from a new industry survey conducted by the Wilson Research Group that reveal market assumptions and preferences regarding file, sync and share (FSS) cloud solutions. The findings show that over one-third (33.6%) of companies are planning to switch to or adopt a new FSS solution in the next 12 months. Nearly one-quarter (21%) of companies surveyed plan to make a change in their current FSS solution within the next year. The study also found that 13% of companies plan to adopt their first-ever FSS system within the next 12 months.

Among other survey highlights, IT managers, directors and other IT executives and consultants listed the following as their top five objectives for a new FSS solution:

  • Enhancing teamwork and collaboration by offering FSS services (51.3%)
  • Providing FSS for remote employees (46.2%)
  • Providing a way to backup company data on a notebook/portable computers (41.0%)
  • Acquiring a capability to share or distribute files too large to send via email (33.3%)
  • Providing mobile access for all employees (28.2%)

Respondents also reported that the vast majority (87.3%) want to own and manage the FSS function rather than rely on a third-party provider. Additional objectives mentioned for adopting a new FSS solution include acquiring offsite backup capability (17.9%), and providing a corporate service to eliminate the use of unauthorized service providers (12.8%).

“The Wilson Research Group study confirms the rapidly growing need for secure and compliant FSS solutions—particularly for larger companies,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO, Connected Data. “From the data it is clear that these companies are looking for solutions that are able to deliver all the convenience of public cloud, combined with the security, performance, protection and control that only a private cloud onsite solution can provide. Unfortunately, as many have learned the hard way, there are very few options that can meet all, if any, of these requirements.”

“We hear these needs from our customers on a daily basis,” continued Barrall. “After carefully conducting their own due diligence, they select Connected Data’s Transporter, a FSS solution that truly meets all of their users needs for uninterrupted and flexible data access across every major mobile platform, while enabling their IT management to ensure compliance with internal performance, availability, security, and protection requirements, all while lowering associated costs.”

Connected Data’s Transporter is leading the way in protecting and securing business data onsite by removing the risk, complexity and costs associated with public cloud services. Designed to look and work like popular cloud file sharing, Transporter private cloud appliances support employees’ needs to sync, access and share files anytime, anywhere across their computers and mobile devices for maximum productivity. Moreover, with the addition of its Network Storage Connector feature, Transporter now enables mid-to-enterprise class business organizations to transform their on-premise network-attached storage (NAS) systems into secure, private cloud file sharing solutions, with end-to-end syncing between mobile devices and corporate NAS. Transporter supports all the most prevalent mobile platforms via its Transporter Mac App, Transporter Windows App, Transporter iOS App and Transporter Android App. All Transporters are compatible with one another, so businesses can easily leverage any combination of appliances to achieve their file sync and share objectives for optimal efficiency and business advantage.

The survey, summarized in a new infographic found at:, was conducted in the second quarter of 2015 across multiple industries, including finance, education, government, manufacturing, computer software and healthcare. Study respondents were IT personnel who play a role in FSS purchase decisions in companies of more than 1,000 employees.

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About Connected Data

Connected Data is the leading provider of private cloud file, sync and share appliances designed to combine the simplicity of public cloud file sharing solutions with the performance and security of an on-premise appliance. The Transporter for Business family of solutions deliver the control, privacy and security enterprises require to protect their critical data while providing the easy mobile access that todays users demand. The Transporter Network Storage Connector is included with the Transporter 75 and 150 private cloud solutions and extends the two-way synchronization capabilities from their existing NAS storage systems to mobile devices and laptops. This gives users the ability to access files from anywhere, on any device, enhancing workflow productivity without the costly fees or privacy issues of public cloud subscription models. Connected Data is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has over 40,000 Transporter users managing more than 24 Petabytes of storage worldwide. For more information, visit

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