Symform is a file sync and share (FSS) company that currently has 45,000 individual users and small businesses in 170 countries. What makes Symform different from other FSS services is that the vendor does not have its own data centre and instead relies on its customers’ own storage devices linked together to create a peer-to-peer cloud storage service. The users' own systems are the Symform cloud’s storage repository. It is for the reason that it does not operate its own data centre but relies on its customers to provide the storage space, customers can be located in remote locations and still have access to storage as long as they have an internet connection.
On July 29, 2014, Quantum announced it was acquiring Symform and plans to leverage the technology to expand Quantum's cloud software capabilities and service offerings in data protection and scale-out storage.
Symform’s value proposition is internet access to files from any device, anywhere without the need to retrieve data through a backup agent or central server. All data is automatically encrypted at the source, and, depending on the hardware configuration, the system can deliver differing levels of service, enabling both high-latency cold storage and more active backup and archive. Symform supports seamless scalability and provides benefits such as self-healing and self-protection that enable simple, non-disruptive technology migration. With Symform, everything is web-based, including centralized management of all cloud components. This makes it easy to set up and deploy cloud environments for use cases such as file sharing, backup and archive.
"Quantum already provides cloud-based data protection through our Q-Cloud™ Protect service and other partner offerings, and we recently introduced a cloud solution for content production, packaging and distribution workflows based on our StorNext and Lattus solutions," said Jon Gacek, president and CEO of Quantum. "The technology and talent we've acquired from Symform will enable us to augment these offerings and address a broader range of customer needs, as well as provide enhanced service options to the existing Symform user base.
"As just one example, we will be integrating Symform software and our platforms to create simple, very cost-effective cloud service options for long-term archive data and cold storage. This would complement our current StorNext-Lattus solutions which provide high performance nearline storage in a private cloud."
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