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ESG Validates Transporter as a Private-Cloud File Sync and Share Appliance that Delivers the Privacy, IT Control and Data Protection Business Users Demand

April 1, 2015 Comments off

Transporter 15SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 1, 2015Connected DataTM, the creator of Transporter, today announced findings from an ESG Lab Test Drive report that validates the company’s Transporter private cloud storage appliance as an excellent business solution for file sync and share. The lab report, “Transporter from Connected Data,” explores the key features of Transporter and outlines how Connected Data makes distributed private clouds affordable for any organization, while delivering the enterprise-class features they need.

ESG identifies that file sharing for collaboration and improved productivity has become an expected part of the user experience in today’s corporate environments. It also outlines that organizations are struggling to maintain control of sensitive corporate data in an age of BYOD and widespread proliferation of cloud services. These are the challenges directly addressed by Transporter, the world’s first private cloud appliance. Designed for business, Transporter appliances allow corporate IT to leverage their existing infrastructure to build cloud services that maintain complete control over where data is stored and how it is shared, while providing Dropbox like simplicity for its users.

 “ESG Lab validated typical sync and share functionality along with simultaneous user editing, creation of links for sharing with external users, and mobile device access,” said Kerry Dolan, Lab Analyst and Vinny Choinski, Sr. Lab Analyst in the ESG report. “The Lab also validated administrative features, including integration with Active Directory for access control, integration with existing backup infrastructure, configuration of network ports and a Factory Reset option to remotely wipe data stored on a Transporter. These features demonstrated the business-class focus of Transporter, for both users and administrators.”

The ESG Lab Test Drive was performed by testing a Transporter 75 device. It took a deep, hands-on look at Transporter from both an end user and administrator perspective. Key features tested include:

  • Sharing and accessing files located in Transporter folders
  • Accessing remote files located in the Transporter Library
  • Versioning and undelete capability including restoring previously modified and deleted files
  • Sharing files via both standard and direct (private) links
  • Folder and user level read-only access controls for both desktop and mobile
  • Active Directory integration for users and groups

“Today’s business users are concerned about the compliance and security challenges presented by cloud-based file sharing, yet users continue to demand easier access to business content, especially when using mobile devices and when working remotely,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO, Connected Data. “Connected Data has the solution. With our innovative line of Transporter private cloud appliances, we deliver the efficiency and simplicity of the cloud with the privacy, security and control required in a managed data center. We are pleased that ESG Lab has validated our approach based on helping our customers to create their own sync and share service using their existing infrastructure.”

To access the complete ESG Lab Test Drive report, please visit:

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About Connected Data
Connected DataTM, the creator of Transporter private cloud storage appliances is focused on changing the way consumers and businesses manage their files. Transporter appliances allow customers to privately sync, access, share and protect data at a fraction of the cost of fee-based cloud services. The fast-growing Transporter network includes over 35,000 users managing more than 20 Petabytes of storage all over the world. Connected Data is privately funded and based in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit


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Don’t get caught in the rain without your Bheestie Bag (Review)

September 24, 2013 Comments off
56g Bheestie Bag

56g Bheestie Bag

Bheestie Bag (56g)
Bheestie & Co., LLC.
$29.95 (56g)/ $17.95 (28g)

What’s worse than getting your new Canon T3 DSLR wet because you got caught in the rain? Telling your wife that you think your new Canon T3 DSLR might be ruined because you got caught in the rain, that’s what. Water and electronic devices don’t mix. It’s kind of an oil and water thing, only much worse. Plus, even at the price of oil these days, electronics are still more expensive. They’re far too valuable to use a few times and then have to scrap them or sell them on an auction site for pennies on the dollar just because they got a little damp.

We were on a short, impromptu family vacation this summer in Wyoming (aka Kenapalooza), when we got caught in a downpour at a place called Veedauwoo (between Laramie and Cheyenne) in southern Wyoming. Nice place. Cool rock formations and a biblical proportion deluge that was unexpected.

Southern Wyoming. Summer. Downpour. Which of these things doesn’t belong?

I did everything I could to protect my camera during the quick mile-long walk back to the car in ever-increasing rain. We were all soaked by the time we got back to the parking lot. I held my camera and leaned over it while I walked at first. The trees protected me from the rain when it was only sprinkling. But when the rain came down so hard that I couldn’t see ten feet in front of me, I was worried. I was worried about our safety and my camera’s status as a floatation device.

Soon, I placed the camera under my shirt and walked briskly back toward the car. The rain came harder. The camera, under my shirt, was still getting wet. I bent over it to shield it more, while also trying to trot along while herding kids, my wife, and her sister uphill toward dry refuge.

As soon as I got back to the car, I dried myself and the camera with a beach towel that we had in the back. My wife looked as if I’d sacrificed our first born to an angry volcano.

We were both upset at the prospect of my camera becoming a paperweight, when I’d only had it a few months.

I meticulously dried it after getting back to her sister’s house a few hours later.

The only thing I noticed that had gone wrong was that the Flash wouldn’t pop up when it was supposed to. It just made this loud clicking noise and an error appeared on the LCD screen.

Ruined, I thought. Ruined.

I’ll never be able to replace it. That’s OK, I can always go back to film. Yeah, like that’s an option these days with all of my online venues, Dropbox, and relatives that don’t want to wait two days for developing and scanning.

Rice wouldn’t work with a DSLR. I’m not putting my camera into a bowl of rice to dry it out. That’s just silly.

A few days went by and I had researched ways to get my Flash to pop up again but no luck. A few more days went by and I got an email from a representative of Bheestie who read one of my stories about the trip and wanted me to test out the bag on my camera. I said that I would.

After receiving the bag and reading the instructions (I know, who does that? But, hey, I’m desperate), I reluctantly placed my camera in the bag and sealed it shut. I left the camera in for 24 hours per the instructions.

The next evening, I removed my camera, checked it out and then thought I’d try the ultimate test.

Click, click, pop! Up came the flash.


It worked. I was so happy that I tried it over and over and it worked every time. Sometimes after only one click but it worked.

I put it back into the bag for another 24 hours to be sure that everything that could be done was done.

I brought the camera out and have had no trouble with my flash. Sometimes it only clicks once and sometimes it pops up the first time. It’s not 100 percent back but it’s much better than 100 percent broken.

If I’d had the Bheestie Bag on the day that the camera got wet, I think it would have been much better. Instead, I had to rely on other methods that weren’t effective such as drying with rubbing alcohol, blow drying, and using Q-tips.

The Bheestie Bag saved my camera from the auction block and saved me from the wrath of “you know who.” I wish I’d had it sooner but I didn’t know about it. The large bag (56g) was more than adequately big enough for my camera, attached lens, and strap.

I’m convinced that the Bheestie Bag is the right choice for anyone who uses electronics such as DSLRs, phones, tablet computers, or anything that might get wet in the process. Personally, I’ll never be without one. If you’re thinking that a bowl of rice is just as good, you’re wrong. That might work for a momentary plunk into some water but for something that’s soaked, you’d better have something other than rice available to you.

I’m sure that there are commercial services that would dry your gadget for you at almost the price of a new one but that isn’t frugal. So, how is the Bheestie Bag frugal, you ask? $500 camera. $30 fix. You do the math.

It would be ridiculous of me not to highly recommend the fix for my camera, now wouldn’t it? It worked for me and there are hundreds of other testimonials on the Internet that agree.

Review: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy one and keep it handy for emergencies. You don’t use a fire extinguisher everyday but you keep one handy, don’t you?

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