Secure File Services from Edge to Cloud with HCP Anywhere Enterprise

While NAS works well across a local area network, there is a more modern alternative with greater scale and lower TCO.

  • November 21, 2023 | Author: Steve Zurier
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Modern cloud services enhance productivity and reduce TCO, but they also pose data security risks and performance and availability challenges for teams managing file services.

As more data gets created and stored in the cloud, so do the risks. Organizations face many important questions around how to manage data, including:

  • Who’s using the data?
  • Where is the data located?
  • On what types of devices does the data get stored?
  • Where and how can employees access data?
  • What compliance regulations are required?

“If you don’t know what data you have to make the right decisions, your costs will spiral, and productivity will drop,” says Richard Francis, SE Director, Europe for CTERA Networks, a Hitachi Vantara partner. “What’s needed today is a file services approach that gives people visibility into that data to make good decisions.”

Francis explains that while network-attached storage, or NAS, has been a core building block for nearly four decades, it’s not built to function effectively in today’s distributed environments. While NAS works for fast access on a local area network, project teams do business globally today and need access to the data quickly from any location.

Enter HCP Anywhere Enterprise

Dia Ali, global platform and solutions leader for data intelligence at Hitachi Vantara, says Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere Enterprise (HCP Anywhere Enterprise) lets organizations deploy modern content collaboration and data protection that delivers top-notch security and high performance.

Ali says HCP Anywhere Enterprise features strong data privacy and encryption, access controls, and AI-driven data protection. It also includes smart caching edge devices that accelerate access globally for any office or roaming user, and contains AI-enabled analytics so teams can make data-driven decisions that enhance efficiencies.

“We are reshaping the future of work through seamless collaboration so employees can work with the data from anywhere, at any time,” says Ali. “NAS was not designed for that. Today, organizations need agility and flexibility, they need to be able to do remote work on the go or in hybrid arrangements where they come into the office a few days a week.”

According to Hitachi Vantara, HCP Anywhere can deliver cost savings at multiple levels:

  • 80% reduction in storage footprint due to intelligent caching
  • 80% savings compared to NAS and SAN by using object storage
  • 65% reduction in storage required because of advanced compression and deduplication

Douglas Wilson, content portfolio file project manager at Hitachi Vantara, adds that HCP Enterprise Anywhere also helps organizations manage file services more efficiently.

Wilson says as the data comes in, HCP Enterprise Anywhere lets teams know which data is compliant, which needs governance, which data does not need compliance, and if the data needs to be stored, the system can set retention levels and storage preferences.

“The goal is for the organization to find the data when they need it, and once the retention period is over, dispose of it when it’s no longer required,” explains Wilson.

While HCP Enterprise Anywhere fits in well with larger organizations, it’s also helps smaller companies that have remote workers and are concerned about using resources efficiently.  



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