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One of the questions that always comes up is what is the difference between Nexsan UnityTM n-Way Sync private cloud file sync and the snapshots and replication that are commonly used in storage today?  It’s really about accessibility to the user so let me explain.

Simply stated, snap and rep is an IT function.  It is a valuable business continuity operation for the IT department.  n-Way Sync is a data movement feature for the business users.  It does not require IT department intervention after the initial creation of the synchronization folders.

An organization may have two sites in Minneapolis and Denver with users at each location.  By utilizing Nexsan Unity, you can synchronize (n-Way Sync) the file data from Minneapolis to Denver and vice versa so that all files selected are available for the business users at each site. So now with no extra effort from IT or the users, Jim in Denver has easy and local access to the files that Jennifer in Minneapolis just loaded into a project file.  n-Way Sync streamlines their project to have the files local for access as well as delivers business continuity in the case that one of the sites goes down.

Using legacy snap and rep processes, the IT Storage Admin would generate snapshots in Minneapolis and replicate them to Denver and/or vice versa.  That process serves the purpose of having the data in another site for disaster recovery, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s easily accessible for business users Jim and Jennifer who don’t have access to the snapshot data.  The snapshots replicated to Denver have to be mounted by a storage administrator before Jim can access the data, taking IT time and effort before Jim could get access to the valuable project files.  N-Way Sync is just an easier way to meet the needs of the business users so they can be far more productive with the data at their fingertips.

The benefits of Unity n-Way Sync:

We have all been there…..we are on vacation, but we need to keep up with projects or various work items while we are out.  It’s a drag to lug your laptop along and try to get good enough coverage from some locations to get onto VPN so you can access your files on the network.  According to a Citrix Mobility Report, 61% of workers report working outside the office at least part of the time.  The majority of us are increasingly accessing the web and applications from a smartphone or tablet.

According to IDC, mobility has become synonymous with productivity and I certainly agree with that.  I am a perfect example of the mobile trend.  I need to be mobile, have access to my files and be able to work from anywhere, anytime. If your organization doesn’t make it easy to access the files you need to do your job, it’s tempting when you are leaving the office to put the files you might need outside the network on some non-authorized provider like Dropbox or Google Docs, but you know it’s against company policy.

So, how do you work remotely on your mobile device(s), meet company requirements, and maintain your flexibility and productivity?  One way to do that is to leverage Nexsan Unity unified storage.  Unity is installed in the data center as unified storage, but it delivers so much more.  Unity is a unique offering in the storage market because it includes enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) at no additional charge.  So, you get the Dropbox-like features you need and can meet the privacy and security requirements, not break the company rules, and stay productive while traveling or working remotely.

Judy Kaldenberg, Product Marketing Director