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March 2014 Vol. 13 No. 1

Hybrid model offers more secure file sync and share

The first popular collaboration and file sync-and-share services were strictly cloud-based, but firms are likely to be more comfortable with hybrid or on-premises implementations. Are companies really comfortable putting their data in the cloud? It's a simple question, but the answer is quite complex. Obviously, some companies are storing corporate data in the cloud. Back in June 2012, Amazon said it had 1 trillion objects stored on its S3 storage cloud, and less than a year later it hit 2 trillion. Essentially, it took S3 six years to get to 1 trillion, and less than a year to double that. That's a lot of data in the cloud. Some of it is consumer data, but some is certainly business data. So just what data is going to the cloud? Security is the biggest concern Of course, not all corporate data is equal. Some data, like patient healthcare information, is regulated and must have multiple copies kept geographically apart or audit logs showing who accessed it. Some data is sensitive, and may be considered a core competitive ...

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