The market for online file sharing (OFS) and collaboration services is observing rapid advancement and is making a visible shift from being service only for storing files to being a technology solution that can manage and secure business data effectively.
Earlier, though OFS solution providers had come up with expansions of their basic sync and share modules, including the flexibility of deployment, most OFS solutions had a solely cloud-based storage service for storing both customer as well as administrative control data.
Of late, there has been rising demand from OFS users for alternatives to the cloud-based approach of file sharing. Consumers have shown increased interest in a deployment model that can allow on-premise data storage, given that almost all organizations have some form of information that cannot be stored on a third-party platform.
A Hybrid File Sharing Platform
The announcement of a partnership between the file-sharing platform, BitTorrent, and the data-storage cloud-based platform, Onehub, is a big step for the online file sharing market towards the anticipated evolution of OFC models. Onehub is BitTorrent sentry into the field of software engineering aimed at large businesses.
The collaboration between BitTorrentand Onehub has given rise to a hybrid file sharing model that will stick to BitTorrent’speer-to-peer file sharing the methodology and use Onehub’s cloud-based file storage services. This will allow businesses to sync directly between peers by using a peer-to-peer middle ground that is always available on the cloud.The hybrid file sharing model incorporates encryption at two levels – when a party is communicating with its synced peers and during the transit of files to the cloud.
Problems with Public Cloud Services
Cloud storage is an excellent answer to many enterprise data storage issues. However, there are many reasons why there has been a rising interest in finding a way of gaining added control over business data by either retaining data in company premises or gaining added flexibility and control over where the data is stored.
- Firstly, in a public cloud model, functionalities such as storage and access to data are handled by the cloud service provider. If the service provider observes a security breach, customers may not be able to access their data until the services are restored to a normal state.
- Secondly, public cloud services are prone to security breaches and there have been many high-profile security breaches in some of the most well-known public cloud solutions lately. The ability to retain some on-premise data gives companies the option to manage more critical data in their own data centers.
- Finally, companies having their data on completely cloud-based file sharing systems face concerns regarding the access of data to third parties such as government bodies or law enforcement agencies. This is most critical when cloud providers have both the data and the keys to the data.
Here is where the hybrid data sharing service formed from the collaboration between BitTorrent and Onehubemerges as a good alternative to public cloud storage. With an industry-tested peer-to-peer file sharing methodology in place and data encryption that can be handled by the clients themselves, it makesprivate cloud a more secure data storage alternative to public cloud services in the market. However, only time will show how companies adopt and adapt to it and how it fares in a long-run.