IBM Cloud Object Storage and CTERA-secured remote file access and easy backup of remote files
The cloud is changing the landscape of IT organizations around the globe. As companies drive to a more digital workplace and the amount of data continues to grow, the ease of access and the simplicity of management becomes increasingly important to organizations. Enterprises also tend to require security and control to help protect their data. How can companies start to transition their remote file access to a modern solution that is multicloud-enabled with scalability, reliability and security built in?
The answer is IBM Cloud Object Storage with CTERA file services. CTERA offers a “Remote Office or Branch Office (ROBO) services platform” that enables organizations to centrally store and manage files and implement data protection services.
The CTERA and IBM Cloud Object Storage solution consolidates the distributed file data into a private cloud. Files that were previously scattered throughout the organization—on users’ workstations, laptops and mobile devices as well as office file servers—are brought into a centralized repository, where they are subject to security and access control procedures.
IBM Cloud Object Storage is the underlying storage, and when combined with CTERA, it can provide the reliability, scalability and availability for the client’s data. The storage can start with as few as three commodity x86 server nodes or as little as 72 TB of useable storage and grow to petabytes or even to exabytes without losing access to the data or going offline. By combining a single copy of protected data, this solution is becoming a choice in many industries like finance, healthcare and government that have compliance or other data retention requirements.
IBM Cloud Object Storage has a number of customers with over 200PB of storage in enterprise production environments and some approaching an EB of capacity. IBM Cloud Object Storage is ranked a leader in object storage by both Gartner and IDC, and our proven solutions turn storage challenges into business advantages.
A large financial services firm has recently chosen IBM Cloud Object Storage with CTERA for their remote file services solution. With branches in multiple regions and thousands of users, the company was struggling with slow file transfer speeds, a lack of mobility, and the absence of data redundancy. These struggles leave core business at risk in the event of an outage or disaster.
By adopting the IBM and CTERA cloud drive, file services and remote backup solution, this company linked its globally distributed servers to an IBM cloud infrastructure. The solution helped it to sync business-critical data from its local drives to IBM Cloud Object Storage in real time and provide faster access to employees across its global locations. In the event of an outage, employees can access backed-up data and content from IBM Cloud Object Storage. Now, with access to a private cloud, the organization has reported better mobility, and that employees can access content on mobile devices from virtually anywhere.