Project covers 330,000 employees in 150+ countries and three petabytes of data
SANTA CLARA, California, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Syncplicity, the leader of the hybrid enterprise file sync and share market, announced the successful global implementation of its technology by Siemens AG, one of the world's largest and most admired technology and engineering companies. The project, known as "SmartStorage" throughout Siemens, covers 330,000 employees in well over 150 countries around the globe and encompasses three petabytes of data in four global data centers. This hybrid enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) implementation is the largest of its kind to date and is a landmark achievement in the industry.
Syncplicity enables Siemens' SmartStorage initiative by providing a solution to manage enterprise-wide digital content, including users' home and group share files and directories. The implementation enables frictionless mobile file access anytime and anywhere and scales to Siemens employees worldwide, while meeting the most stringent security, governance and IT administration requirements. Siemens is using EMC Corporation's Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) software-defined, object-based cloud platform installed in four global data centers around the world to deploy this initiative.
"SmartStorage is one of our largest digitalization initiatives within Siemens, delivering critical capabilities to our employees and enabling us to work toward broader company goals," said Georg Pilartz, head of IT infrastructure services for Siemens. "User experience, security, storage choice flexibility and large-scale deployment were critical requirements for this project. Syncplicity was the company that best fulfilled these requirements. We are able to give our employees the EFSS solution they need while at the same time realizing significant cost savings by modernizing the underlying IT infrastructure."
"Syncplicity has become the industry leader in hybrid file sync and share by focusing on the demanding and unique needs of large enterprise customers like Siemens, for whom a secure, flexible hybrid solution is absolutely vital to their business success," said Jon Huberman, CEO of Syncplicity. "We are tremendously proud that Siemens has chosen to deploy our technology on this enormous scale, knowing it will enable the company and its people to be even more successful. Furthermore, it absolutely validates the ability of Syncplicity technology to manage the largest global deployments, so our customers can complete the digital transformation of their business years ahead of their competition."
"An EFSS deployment of this magnitude requires massive scale and enterprise-grade reliability from its supporting technologies—and with EMC's ECS object-based cloud storage platform, Siemens is perfectly equipped to handle the large amounts of data generated by its workforce with Syncplicity," said Manuvir Das, senior vice president of EMC's Advanced Software and Emerging Technology divisions.
Digital transformation requires much more than simply adding a cloud-based file storage system to the IT inventory. In a true digital transformation, the enterprise replaces all its legacy storage systems with a flexible storage environment offering multiple security protocols combined with a feature rich EFSS solution.
Syncplicity provides proven enterprise file sync and share technology that makes digital transformation possible today. As a hybrid solution, Syncplicity is easily extensible via any combination of public cloud, private cloud and on-premise data centers, making it highly flexible and economical. Syncplicity replaces legacy backup systems and maintains instant file synchronization across devices. For users, the result of a true digital transformation is to have seamless desktop and mobile access to all the files they need when and where they are needed, supporting a modern, borderless workforce.
"Large global organizations face a tough digital transformation challenge: providing users with easy-to-use mobile applications while maintaining regulatory compliance in the many geographies where they have offices," said Terri McClure, senior analyst at ESG. "Thanks to the evolving regulatory landscape and the fuzzy jurisdictional issues associated with using the cloud, it's more important than ever that these organizations have a choice in where corporate data is stored to ensure it is both compliant and secure. And for a company the size of Siemens, it is imperative to ensure the vendor can scale globally to meet these needs."
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.
Syncplicity is the leading hybrid enterprise sync and file share and mobile collaboration solution that provides users with the experience and tools they desire and gives IT the security and control it needs, while significantly reducing IT cost. Some of its customers include Texas A&M University, EMC, State of Indiana, the Associated Press and the Boston Red Sox.