Three Reasons Your Hedge Fund Should Cloud-Connect Its File Server
Still debating on whether to cloud-connect your hedge fund’s file server? For the last entry in our series on hedge fund cloud mobility, we review three reasons why cloud connecting your file server can be the right choice for your hedge fund.
While file servers are fast, easy, and centralize all work files in a single location on the network at the main office, they also present challenges to employees, including the fact that they must login with their VPN to sync up with the file server when they are working remotely. Over time, difficulties with remote access cause employees to get out of sync with the rest of the company, leading to data sprawl for corporate documents and to critical content becoming trapped in personal silos.
Business-class file sync services implement a feature call File Server Enablement. File server enablement connects the existing server to the cloud and permits discrete folders from the file server to be logically mapped to users and team shares using the sync services. With this technology, all the data from the file server is available in real time on users’ mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and remote laptops and home office PCs. As new content is created on a remote tablet or PC, the data is instantaneously synced back to the server.
Here are three reasons to consider file server enablement for your hedge fund:
1. End data sprawl
Outdated means of remote access, like VPNs, contribute to data sprawl, as users shun the cumbersome process of logging in remotely. Over time, many users will build up large libraries of valuable work product that is less protected when housed on a remote PC, rather than synced to the file server. File server enablement reverses this trend and provides bi-directional sync between the file server and remote users.
2. Keep people in sync
Remote employees usually have a long list of complaints when it comes to IT support. One of the biggest complaints is the feeling of being out of sync with the rest of the organization. With file server enablement and business-class file sync, remote employees are now able to access all of their files and team share content from any mobile device, be it their laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Field employees are the closest to the customer, so it makes sense to have these critical team members in sync with the whole company and all the files they need to do their jobs best.
3. Empower your employees
Smartphones and tablets, even if they are BYOD devices and owned by the employee, can vastly improve the productivity of your workforce. The trick is to balance convenience with security when it comes to corporate data. Business-class file sync and file server enablement put corporate data on BYOD devices, but you now have critical capabilities to protect your data, such as fine-grained audit trails, per user security policies, and remote wipe of lost or stolen devices. The key is to focus on employee empowerment, no matter the device they choose to access corporate data. File server enablement and business-class file sync can help you better organize your company and your data, while fully maximizing the power of employee mobility.