How to solve hybrid working data pains

Companies with remote- and hybrid-working models face tough challenges keeping their data secure, efficient and accessible. As AI adoption picks up and data becomes even more valuable, how can companies tackle these core problems? Jim Liddle, chief innovation officer at Nasuni, a provider of file data services, offers his insights

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What pain points do businesses experience in maintaining hybrid and remote-working data infrastructure? 
How does Nasuni help solve these problems?

A typical challenge is that companies struggle to work on the same data simultaneously across different locations or regions. Siloed data storage, however, often results in multiple copies of data, with companies needing to figure out the latest version and how to get a single pane view. Nasuni provides a global file system, ensuring the same data set is visible and accessible wherever and whenever needed. Nasuni’s hybrid cloud file data platform seamlessly synchronises between all locations, providing a central control point and enabling operational excellence. It works as if employees are all in the same office so that global teams can work seamlessly.

One headache with hybrid working, particularly for enterprise IT support, is when the workflow changes because users have to work slightly differently at home. Also, the speed of access can be slow, making it difficult for remote workers to send and receive information. With large numbers of the workforce now working remotely, these are significant problems.

Nasuni enables seamless file access for users in the office and at home, eliminating the need for a potentially slow or inaccessible VPN. This cloud-first approach ensures consistent workflows by providing the same file interface at home as in the office, with efficient cloud storage. Beyond the recognised advantages of cloud storage, such as enhanced resilience, agility, cost reduction, and on-demand scalability, companies can quickly expand capacity as needed. 

What about challenges with security and performance?

Security is paramount, especially against ransomware attacks. Nasuni’s platform offers built-in detection and protection, preemptively blocking bad actors. Unlike traditional backups that take weeks to restore files, Nasuni storage stores files as immutable objects on a customer’s chosen cloud object storage, preventing unauthorised changes. The innovative file system design allows rapid recovery, enabling companies to retrieve millions of files within minutes in the event of an incident. These security and backup features are globally accessible for remote workers.

Another challenge compliance teams face is trying to control private or sensitive information in the remote working environment. Having a single point of truth means compliance teams won’t lose track of information - it all stays on the same platform rather than being sent around in emails or shared via shadow IT, for example.

Performance is another potential pain point, with companies concerned that the cloud might be too slow. Nasuni solves this by implementing intelligent edge caching for files that have gravity and need to be local for performance. This is achieved by making intelligent background decisions about whether to cache files locally.

How does Nasuni’s ‘Access Anywhere’ add-on work? 

Access Anywhere is an add-on to the core Nasuni platform that optimises remote users’ bandwidth and minimises latency, enabling users to access data quickly through a cloud drive at maximum performance. The result is a best-of-breed hybrid experience.

Another benefit of Access Anywhere is that it enables efficient collaboration with ensured data security and access control features, available not just through the Nasuni platform but also integrated into Microsoft Teams, for example.

How does the Nasuni platform help companies prepare to use artificial intelligence?

As AI becomes more prevalent, companies will use more and more data to better support it. The net result is that data has gone from being a cost to be managed to an asset to be leveraged. Fragmenting corporate knowledge or putting it into other solutions can make leveraging AI much more difficult.

To be AI-ready, best practice stipulates that companies need to consolidate their data on one platform with a single source of truth that eases access, protection, compliance and governance. Nasuni is architected from the ground up to provide that single source.

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