Five Enterprise File and Storage Predictions for 2015

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Expect the acquisition of Dropbox or Box by a more established player. In 2015, we can anticipate a consolidation within the files and storage market. While these firms built their success by appealing to consumers, the business cloud storage market is just as competitive, if not more, making Dropbox and Box likely candidates – liken it to the Microsoft and Skype acquisition back in 2011, or Oracle’s 2013 purchase of Eloqua. And, Box’s successful IPO in January offered proof that there is demand in this market. Potential acquirers may look to cash in on the hot space while Box’s shares are still growing.

The enterprise file sharing market is changing the way people do business. Public cloud services have helped free organizations from productivity killing tools and policies – and gone are the days of clogging inboxes with large file attachments. Yet, as they reap the benefits of these services, organizations must ensure that sensitive information is being stored and shared securely. These fears are reasonable, fed by the security breaches that swept the nation in recent years, including Target, Home Depot and the celebrity iCloud hack.

This year will be a huge year for enterprise files and storage, driving innovation and productivity while also presenting risks that enterprises must consider when implementing enterprise file sharing policies. Companies need to define strategies around enterprise file synch and share (EFSS) and evaluate which solutions will make employees most productive while keeping vital information secure. In anticipation of these risks and opportunities, here are five predictions, provided by Tom Scearce, head of marketing, file and networking products, Novell, around the state of enterprise files and storage for 2015.

Tom Scearce markets enterprise file management products for the Attachmate and Novell brands at MicroFocus. He has 19 years of marketing, sales, and consulting experience across diverse industries including software, telecommunications, media, medical devices and health/fitness services. Tom holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn.


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