Author Archives: Fred Pinkett

Fred Pinkett

An Alternative to Backup? Finally Yes, Thanks to the Cloud and Continuous File Versioning

By on March 30, 2017

The cloud is enabling IT to rethink its use of legacy tools and processes that, for years, have been costly and cumbersome. Storing and protecting files is a prime example. Does anyone in IT really love administering backup? Or trying to recover files from their backups? Thanks to cloud storage and a new technology called… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

Three Ways to Archive Files in a Cloud Storage World

By on December 1, 2016

Cloud storage poses a serious threat to traditional archive solutions. Organizations that rely on tape face the same old challenges around tape management and reliability. Enterprises that have opted for disk have their own struggles, including dealing with the added on-site hardware and management costs. The cloud offers enterprises a chance to archive files indefinitely… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

How to Deal with Rapid File Growth in Hyperconverged Environments

By on November 15, 2016

When you look at the evolution of the data center over the last few decades, the emergence of hyperconverged systems seems inevitable. Enterprises do not want to maintain larger, more expensive and more complex data centers. They want to be able to do more with less. Nutanix, SimpliVity and other leading hyperconverged solution providers are… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

Why the Windmill Defense Does Not Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

By on August 1, 2016

One of the great things about working for a growing company is that you have to earn every customer. Our sales team does not have the luxury of walking into a conference room, flashing the logo of a long-established brand on the screen, and instantly enjoying a head start. This is a challenge on many… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

Creating a Complex Mesh in Your File Store

By on July 14, 2016

Global File Systems use two basic architectures to leverage the cloud and provide file access across multiple locations. One is a hub-and-spoke model with the cloud as the hub. In this case, every location and mobile device becomes an endpoint connecting directly to that hub, and all communication between devices and offices happens through the… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

Latency in Global Lock Servers

By on July 7, 2016

The file storage world has long been dominated by large, expensive devices tuned to serving files locally. This hardware was not built to expand access to files to multiple offices or mobile devices. But today’s end users need to be able to access files from any location and on any device, and they need to… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

The 4 Dirty Secrets of Enterprise File Sync and Share

By on June 15, 2016

At a high level, enterprise file sync and share appears to be the perfect solution for the modern business. End users rarely sit in one place anymore. They work at home, on the road, in coffee shops. Teams are not static or centrally located, but made up of designers, engineers and creatives based in different… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

Embracing What Was Once Feared

By on May 24, 2016

Last year I wrote a blog post describing how the fear of cloud is dead. We see evidence of this trend everyday. Customers are moving critical file workloads to cloud storage using Nasuni without batting an eye. So I shouldn’t be surprised about the shift to the many advantages of cloud. What stunned me recently… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

The Importance of Quality of Service for File Sharing and Collaboration

By on May 4, 2016

The proliferation of bandwidth-intensive services and applications has driven changes in Quality of Service (QoS) controls. Initially, the primary function of QoS was to ensure that applications like Voice Over IP received the network bandwidth they needed to run effectively. Those QoS controls were often embedded in network devices. But now there are more mouths… Continue Reading »

Fred Pinkett

The Evolution of Ransomware and How It’s Targeting the Enterprise

By on April 20, 2016

Ransomware is evolving. The hackers behind the original Cryptolocker trojan were stopped in 2014, but the number of imitators is growing. One type of ransomware called Locky has reportedly been infecting tens of thousands of machines a day. A Los Angeles hospital was recently forced to pay $17,000 to restore access to CT scans, lab… Continue Reading »

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