Egnyte-enhanced Netgear ReadyNAS Pro automatically synchronizes the online cloud with a local ReadyNAS Pro.
Egnyte, a provider of cloud
file-server solutions, and Netgear, a networking company, announced that
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro is now shipping with Egnyte preinstalled as a configured
add-on. Egnyte is also making it possible for existing users of Netgear
ReadyNAS Pro to access Egnyte Office Local Cloud by updating their firmware.
First announced in October
2010, the Egnyte-enhanced ReadyNAS Pro automatically synchronizes the online
cloud with a local ReadyNAS Pro, providing users with cloud services while
retaining the advantages offered by on-site file servers. As a hybrid solution,
it also allows users to access, share and collaborate from any location, and
can be integrated into existing directory services to further streamline user
"Egnyte's hybrid cloud
technology combines the accessibility and flexibility of cloud storage with the
security and performance of Netgear's local storage to ensure reliable,
convenient and fast access to files," said Vineet Jain, CEO of Egnyte. "With
this out-of-the-box file-server replacement, users are just one click away from
experiencing the performance, reliability and control of an Egnyte and
Netgear-powered hybrid cloud server."
Hundreds of Egnyte customers
already use the joint Netgear-Egnyte hybrid cloud solution, the company said.
For example, Retail Anywhere, a retail management solution for midsized
retailers throughout North America, for years relied upon multiple Window file
servers as a local storage solution to run the company's most critical data.
Each department had their own Windows file server, so they could save and
access their projects and documents directly. Remote users were provided access
to the system via the company's VPN. Now, with the Netgear-Egnyte hybrid
solution, all employees, remote or local, can access everything as if they were
sitting in the same office, the company said in a release.
vendors are promoting private and public clouds for corporate customers with
large data centers. However, these big proposals don't match the needs of our
midmarket customers, who are demanding reliable, affordable and simple
solutions." said Drew Meyer, senior director of product marketing at
Netgear. "The Egnyte hybrid cloud file server with Netgear storage
combines a cloud-computing entry point with the reliability and simplicity of
local data. That's smart IT, not big IT."
In addition, Engyte recently
unveiled survey data showing that increasingly larger businesses throughout the
country rely on the cloud for file storage and collaboration, and that more of
these businesses access this data remotely. The survey, which maintains that
entrepreneurs and small businesses still comprise the largest faction of cloud
users, suggests that larger companies finally recognize the cloud's inherent
benefits, including those of security, affordability and mobility.
For example, the survey
found that in recent months, midsize companies have suddenly and rapidly
embraced cloud storage technology in record numbers. And a recent report by
Storage Strategies Now further adds fuel to this trend, stating that 57 percent
of large companies plan to adopt cloud services in the near future.
generally have greater sums of money and resources at stake, so it is
understandable that cloud adoption in that sector has been slower," Jain said.
"However, we now see a significant increase in larger companies tapping the
cloud across North America, which reflects a desire to maximize ROI and
accommodate a distributed team while leveraging a secure resource. Clearly,
cloud storage and collaboration services have truly become a lifeline to
critical business data for small businesses and enterprises alike."