When his firm was hit by a ransomware attack and files held hostage by attackers for more than $100,000, IT manager of construction company S.J. Louis, Rob Svendsen, did not panic. Despite the fact that all the records for recent and former jobs were on the servers, including $200 million worth of current construction work. That’s because S.J. Louis has been clever about its data, by being an early adopter of enterprise cloud file services; a holistic approach that moves the gravity of enterprise data to the cloud.
With enterprise file services, a file server hit by ransomware, accidentally deleted, or even drinking a beverage intended for human consumption, are not a major cause for concern since the data itself lives in the cloud. And with modern file services that employ clever caching technologies, fully recovering from such a catastrophic loss can be achieved in minutes. In the world of cloud file services, data follows the user as it flows between clouds, offices and endpoints. But as organisations make their transformational journey to the cloud, they face diverse challenges in the areas of infrastructure management, data governance, privacy and security.
Successful file services platforms combine four access methods, allowing organisations to achieve safe, seamless access to their entire global enterprise data. But first, let’s talk a bit about how things look in most enterprises today.
Legacy silo systems and unstructured data
Most organisations rely on legacy systems and architecture in their datacentres which hinders increased versatility. Within these environments data is typically unstructured, with project files located in silos, stored on users’ devices or located in branch offices across multiple locations. This lack of interoperability is not conducive to file protection in the cloud and can present many intractable and costly challenges, such as critical data loss.
The challenge of protection
How to prevent the loss

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