Remember the days when you wished you could work from just about anywhere? What were your limitations? Guilt? No Internet connection? Lack of access to work files?
Gone are the days when you could only wish for working from any place. COVID-19 has propelled us into working outside of the office. With this new paradigm comes new challenges. Now we have a lot of choices for connecting remotely, and each option should be weighed with pros and cons.
Everyone would like to move to the cloud. Let’s face it, you can access data from the cloud, utilize affordable cloud storage and all your problems are solved. Well…not quite. Let’s unpack this. When you put your data in the cloud, you kind of have to move apps there as well, or using those assets will be slow and painful. (Wait, I thought the “cloud” would solve all my problems)
What does all this mean? It means that for today’s world, you need to work with modern SaaS solutions that are cloud-native, designed for the cloud. Filespaces give you immediate access to all your data as if it were a local drive. Here’s your opportunity to:
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Here’s the scoop. Cloud gateway makers use NFS CIFS as a front-end, and that breaks down over high latency environments. LucidLink’s streaming access to data makes remote access to cloud assets, frankly… not suck, but rather…rock!
Historically speaking, both NFS and SMB protocols were designed in the early 80s for the Unix and Windows worlds, respectively. They were and still are the most widely used standards for network file access. The trouble is that they were designed for entirely different environments, i.e., low-latency, high-bandwidth LANs. As such, these protocols tend to be very chatty with many server roundtrips for even basic operations. This approach breaks down over distance where this chattiness is exacerbated by high-latency, which leads to dramatic performance degradation.
Their aging architecture becomes further evident when used over the Internet, for which they lack built-in security, require complex network configurations with firewalls/VPNs, and cannot leverage Single Sign-On (SSO) services. Additionally, they don’t play well across both Windows and Unix and lack both mobile support and modern collaboration features. Despite their numerous shortcomings, they are still nonetheless the go-to solution for direct remote access.
LucidLink Filespaces, designed from the ground up, addresses the limitations of both the NFS and SMB protocols. It is a modern file system that works equally well over LAN and WAN, has a high-performance concurrent streaming architecture, reduced network chatter and a robust security model, and is compatible with all operating systems.
More importantly, Filespaces has been specifically developed to offer a near-local user experience, even when accessing data over distance. From a high-level perspective it functions like network-attached storage (NAS) or file server, but both the clients and data repository can be located anywhere. All authorized client devices can see and access the same shared data set, irrespective of their operating system or location, as long as they have network access to the object-store. With LucidLink you can get the performance of NAS, in the cloud. We call this Cloud NAS.