Gartner Research

Parting Enterprise Users From Consumer EFSS Solutions Will Be a Challenge

Published: 19 May 2014

ID: G00263464

Analyst(s): Alan Dayley, Gene Ruth

Summary

Many enterprise IT organizations are considering the deployment of an enterprise file synchronization and sharing solution in the public cloud to facilitate employee collaboration and mobile access to files. We inform CIOs on the consequences of a public cloud implementing an EFSS solution.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Poorly implemented or burdensome public cloud EFSS solutions will drive users back to consumer products
  • Selecting an external EFSS solution requires IT to discover and work with mostly new vendors outside its usual comfort zone
  • As the EFSS industry matures, it will evolve to include greater emphasis on content management, application integration and policy enforcement, requiring IT to rethink how EFSS can integrate with or replace existing on-premises information management solutions on-premises
  • IT organizations that implement an EFSS solution with an external cloud provider create a new storage domain outside the traditional data center that requires special attention from administrators to manage

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