File-Sync and -Share Battle Heats Up

By Michael Vizard

Demand for file-synchronization and -sharing (FSS) services that could be easily accessed by mobile computing devices clearly takes many IT organizations by surprise. As part of a general effort to clamp down on "shadow IT service," it's apparent that many IT organizations are looking to drive end users toward services sanctioned by internal IT. A new survey of 101 IT professionals that Wilson Research Group conducted on behalf of Connected Data, a provider of appliances for delivering private FSS services via the channel, finds that Microsoft has the inside track on service delivery, given the broad use of its SharePoint and the accessibility of Microsoft OneDrive from Windows. In terms of plans for adopting new FSS services, Amazon Cloud Drive has gained traction at the expense of Microsoft. In fact, all things being equal, internal IT organizations would prefer to both own and manage a FSS service, survey findings suggest. The feasibility of doing that is forcing many organizations to sanction access to a limited number of FSS services. Also coming off the table is usage of any cloud service that comingles data with data from other customers of that cloud service.

This article was originally published on 2015-09-25