As I mentioned in an earlier post (see this post for more information), the folks at Connected Data sent one of their Transporter 1 TB private cloud/file sharing devices for Kusnetzky Group to play with. It lived up to some of our expectations.
Connected Data suggests using one of their Transporters as a replacement for public cloud file sharing services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive. This, the company points out, provides the same cloud-like ease of use and file sharing without the fear of losing control of those files, allowing unauthorized individuals to access that content or of the cloud services supplier scanning the files for their own purposes.
The company’s marketing materials and website state that a mobile cloud-like experience can be had using nearly any type of PC or laptop (both Windows and Mac) and mobile devices executing Apple’s IOS or Google’s Android. In the company’s words, “Transporter gives you easy access to your shared folders, on all of your devices, regardless of where you are.”
We thought it would be fun to put this to the test.
Does Transporter live up to the promise?
Kusnetzky Group tried out the Transporter 75 in several scenarios. The following bullets describe our experiences.
- Windows to Windows — Files created on a Windows-powered PC or Laptop were quickly synchronized with the Transporter and other authorized PCs.
- Mac to Mac —As with the Windows scenarios, files created on one OS X powered PC or Laptops were quickly synchronized.
- Windows and Mac —Content created in one environment was quickly synchronized with the Transporter and authorized devices. Content could be edited on either type of device and the updated file would show up elsewhere.
- IOS —due to a small equipment challenge, we were unable to test any of the IOS scenarios
- Android —We were able to safely download and read content created on either a Windows or a Mac machine. We could do this in our offices, in an airport, in a hotel and even in a movie theater.
- Link to files —We were able to send links to others and they were safely able to download and read the files from wherever they were even though they were outside of our firewall.
All in all, the product appeared quite useful and was very easy to use. The ease of use features, however, conflicted with our attempts to make some scenarios work.
The test scenarios based upon using Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and a combination of those two environments worked without Kusnetzky Group having to do anything more than save the updated files to the local Transporter directory.
KG faced a few difficulties with our Android testing and had to reach out to Connected Data’s support group. KG was just not able to persuade one Android device to upload an updated file to the Transporter so that the updated content could be shared with other test machines. We tried blowing in its ear (pressing the refresh button) and tickling it (rebooting it) but, the synchronization just didn’t happen.
KG then reached out to Connected Data’s support using their Website, a direct Email message and finally a telephone call. When KG’s analyst was finally able to communicate with one of Connected Data’s excellent support people, she was friendly, professional and quite knowledgeable. The issue KG uncovered appeared to be quite unusual and a resolution was not to be found in the limited time KG had allocated for running test scenarios.
We’d suggest that if your organization is uncomfortable using public cloud services, you just might find a good answer – using a Connected Data Transporter. We’d suggest that you take up the company’s offer to test out a Transporter. Put it through its paces and it is likely you’ll like it.