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Online file sharing and collaboration comes of age just in time
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of January 2013
Are today's online file-sharing and collaboration applications finally maturing to a point where SMBs and enterprises alike can find a worthwhile IT investment? The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently conducted a test drive of 13 corporate online file-sharing (OFS) and collaboration offerings. While this was an unsponsored assessment, participating vendors were asked to provide temporary licenses for testing purposes. Our goal was to uncover the strengths, areas of improvement and distinctive capabilities of each vendor's offerings, and obtain a real-world view of OFS solutions from the perspective of end users and IT administrators alike. Each product was tested using the same factors across four administration categories and six end-user categories, and each vendor was asked to identify three differentiated features we could test. We then rated our user experiences across these categories on a scale that ranged from "Features were lacking or performed below expectations" to "Fast, easy, intuitive and exceeded expectations...
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Features in this issue
Solid-state storage vendors are touting "million IOPS" performance numbers. Here's what you need to know to see if those SSD performance benchmarks ring true.
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NAS storage systems are the storage workhorses of most data centers; EMC's and Hitachi Data Systems' NAS entries lead a strong field in our satisfaction survey.
Convenience, preconfiguration and cost savings are among the reasons why our survey respondents say they're using converged systems.
Columns in this issue
Rich Castagna offers a list of five developments we all want to see in the data storage market in 2013 but probably won't. Why? Because vendors continue to drag their heels.
The Mayans blew it -- we're still here -- but storms like Sandy show that there's no replacement for a sound disaster recovery planning process.
ESG reviewed online file-sharing and collaboration apps to see if the market is finally maturing to a point where SMBs and enterprises alike can find a worthwhile IT investment.
An effective QoS implementation helps tunes data storage to meet the specific needs of applications. New tools that offer more automation are emerging to help.