Nasuni Corporation, a leading provider of file data services, announced that it has acquired Storage Made Easy (SME), a leading file data management company on June 28.

Financial details of the transactions are not being revealed, however this is Nasuni’s second transaction within the last two months following a $60 million investment. SME offers remote work and compliance solutions for cloud storage.

Currently one of the biggest challenges for data storage is the ability to make files available to users no matter where they are. Accessibility to file data is required as organisations continue to support a distributed workforce, including from home and branch offices and field locations that may have limited internet bandwidth. Traditional Network Attached Storage (NAS) does an inadequate job accommodating file access from anywhere and stores file data in silos which makes search and analytics impossible.

Paul Flanagan, chief executive officer of Nasuni said: “we are giving organisations even more reasons to modernise their file data infrastructures, all while reducing capital and operational costs.”

“Joining Nasuni is a natural move, and the SME team is thrilled to join the company and help advance their leadership in the file data services market,” said founder and chief executive officer of SME, Jim Liddle. He will join Nasuni as vice president of product, file fabric.

The acquisition of SME will grow the Nasuni File Data Platform with capabilities that can address these needs. These include desktop synchronisation for offline access and accelerated VPN-less access to file to help remote and hybrid workers. Also integrating Microsoft Teams, Slack and Office 365, and enhancing enterprise search capabilities for regulatory compliance.

Nasuni’s acquisition of SME gives organisations more reasons to adopt the Nasuni File Data Platform for their file storage, backup and ransomware concerns. It leverages object storage from Azure, AWS and Google Cloud to transform legacy file infrastructure with a suite of file data services that allows files to be accessed anywhere and protected from anything.

Nasuni and SME were already partnering to deliver the two companies’ integrated solutions to joint enterprise customers prior to the transaction.

Mike Shepard, enterprise IT architect at RES, the United States’ largest ecological restoration company said: “When the pandemic hit, we realised that we needed a borderless workflow without the pain of VPN to make remote file sharing simple for our users.” It will enable their engineers to connect to project shares from their homes with ease by synchronising files to their desktop for fast access.

The acquisition of SME gives Nasuni an additional presence in the UK as it continues to grow its EMEA footprint which expanded in March after the opening of the company’s new innovation centre in Cork, Ireland.