You like Dropbox. Because it’s so easy. It’s just a desktop folder, it syncs, it works.
But at the same time you also have lots of files. Lots, and lots, and lots of files that already exist on your file server.
It’s not really about Dropbox, but the easiest way to access your storage
Dropbox is an easy way to access files, but you also have to use Dropbox storage. You might not want to put everything in Dropbox’s storage for privacy, security and data ownership reasons. Or maybe you tried, but there’s no easy way to drag and sync the million files and several terabytes that have accumulated within your company.
The way people work has changed, but file servers didn’t
A majority of the relevant files are finally digitized and workflows have followed suit. People make their “office” wherever they need it. File services have lagged behind, creating a hodge-podge of band aid solutions. People don’t remember their VPN user ID and passwords and FTP is too complicated. So they email files to themselves. They copy and save it to a USB stick. They drag and copy the files from the network share drive and save it to their desktop for later access.
Then they make changes to those files. They copy it into Dropbox/Google Drive/Skydrive to access it on their iPads. They share it with someone else. Then before you know it, there are multiple copies of the files in too many places that you have no knowledge or control over. Not to mention the headache (or 99 problems) you already have maintaining those damn network shares that your users may or may not want to use.
People just want to get access to the files they need, and the files they need are already on the company file server.
You would think storage access would be easier by now with all the innovation and new technologies. But file servers have remained the same since the 80’s. I guess Microsoft didn’t get the memo.
Well that’s why you’re reading this post, right?
Connecting storage to users shouldn’t be like oral surgery
Some of you might be familiar with our Morpheus project from last year – the first version of Oxygen’s Storage Connector that allows you to leverage any private storage platform and get cloud access. We demonstrated how to build a 55 TB private storage cloud by building our own Backblaze pod and installing the connector on it. After working with our customers and users for over a year, we took all the feedback and built something better.
Hundreds of you told us about how you have your own file servers, and you just want to use the files that are already on it:
“I need all the company files to stay where they are now, but I need to figure out a better way to give my execs access to those files when they are out of the office.”
So we put our heads together on how to deliver the easiest way to connect users to storage.
- How can admins set it up easily?
- How can admins connect users easily?
- How can users access and work on their files easily?
Turn your file servers into cloud servers with odrive (teaser)
We’ll soon be releasing odrive, the next generation of Oxygen’s connectors beyond the enterprise version we have today. It’ll be free for you to install on your Windows and Linux servers.
odrive will be the easiest way to connect any storage to any user.
- It’s simple: use the file server you already have
- It’s easy for IT: provision users directly to the existing data sets
- It’s easy for users: access all the files and directories on a server through a folder that is always available on your desktop
- It’s faster: accelerated sync to make everything you need available to you no matter if you’re online, offline, or WFT
No migration necessary. No more super long server paths. No VPN. No more complicated user provisioning.
You can increase productivity with zero disruption for your users. File servers can finally be made easy.
Sign up for our waitlist and stay tuned for odrive later this fall! We’ll see you then