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Connected Data Unveils Transporter 15 and 30 Models For Private Clouds

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The public cloud presents an easy-to-use format that enhances sharing and collaboration, but it also presents thorny data security issues. Connected Data's new Transporter 15 and Transporter 30 aim to address public cloud concerns for mid-size organizations by enabling many of the same features as cloud services, but allowing admins to retain complete control of their data.

“While file sync and share technology has greatly improved workforce productivity, its public cloud implementation creates increasing compliance, security and data protection challenges for IT,” said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Many enterprises still want to remain in control of corporate data resources and keep some or all data on premises. Connected Data’s line of Transporter private sync and share appliances have directly addressed these requirements by giving users the file sharing flexibility they want while also supporting IT’s demands for information security and control."

The Transporter 15 and 30 keep data on-site but allow access, synchronization and sharing from any computer or mobile device. The Transporter stores the data and has the requisite software installed that provides sharing capabilities. The central repository is accessible to remote devices by simply installing the software platform. The software is built from a public API and provides a Dropbox-like drag-and-drop experience.

The Transporter 30 is the beefier of the two options. The 30 comes with up to 12 TB of capacity per node and supports up to 30 users, with an Intel Atom processor. The Transporter 15 reduces support to 15 users and features a Celeron processor and 8 TB of storage capacity. Both models feature a desktop form factor that operates as a standalone unit, and the addition of more nodes increases the number of users and available storage capacity.

The Transporters support DR with read-only CIFS-share capability, which allows replication to other storage units. RAID 5 provides hardware-level redundancy.

The Transporter eschews the typical monthly service costs associated with cloud storage in favor of a one-time purchase fee. The Transporter 12 is available for $2,499 with 8 TB of storage (6 useable), and the Transporter 30 is available for $4,999 with 12 TB of storage (10 useable). The Transporter 75 and 150 offer the same services, but for larger organizations.  

The cost of public cloud storage can be prohibitive, and many of the major cloud providers have yet to turn a profit. This creates some apprehension for those with data already in the public cloud. Many expect the price of public cloud services to rise as providers eventually acquiesce to the fact they are in the business of making money. Any inclement rise in pricing could affect a captive audience that already has data and services tied to these large vendors.

Many companies are turning to the benefits of commoditized hardware and open source software to achieve some level of flexibility, but the public cloud presents another possible source of the dreaded vendor lock-in. With the other challenges associated with the public cloud, such as regulatory and data security issues, we expect more manufacturers to come up with unique private cloud storage offerings.