IDC estimates that 90 percent of today’s enterprise data is unstructured — accessed and stored across multiple environments, in multiple formats, in locations all over the world. By leveraging the power of the cloud, NetApp enables organizations to consolidate the data into the cloud to cut costs and create a globally accessible file system in the cloud.
NetApp’s proven intelligent Global File Cache allows distributed enterprises to securely consolidate silos of file servers into one cohesive global storage footprint in the public cloud, which streamlines overall IT management, significantly cuts costs and boosts business productivity on a global scale.
NetApp’s intelligent Global File Cache creates a software fabric that caches “active data” sets in distributed offices globally. As a result, business users are guaranteed transparent data access and optimal performance on a global scale.
As organizations are aiming to centralize and consolidate their branch office server and storage assets, eliminating IT complexity provides significant cost savings. As Global File Cache deploys transparently on a Microsoft Windows Server instance, enterprises can consolidate local storage and embed services like Microsoft Active Directory, DNS/ DHCP, DNS, DFS Namespaces, and SCCM software distribution in their unified IT infrastructure.
NetApp’s intelligent Global File Cache is a software-based solution that delivers fast and secure access to data for users by caching ‘active data’ sets to distributed offices globally.
Anywhere, anytime, as used by your workforce, your data is consistent, and performance is guaranteed.
Leverage existing hardware or VM infrastructure at distributed locations while providing file services to globally dispersed users.
Global File Cache is supported with all variations of Cloud Volumes across all hyperscalers.
In AWS customers have the choice of Cloud Volumes ONTAP or Cloud Volumes Service (or both)
In Azure customers have the choice of either Cloud Volumes ONTAP or Azure NetApp Files (or both)
In Google Cloud customers have the choice of Cloud Volumes ONTAP or Cloud Volumes Service (or both)
|Public Cloud Support||
|Total Cost of Ownership||Low||High||High|
|Central Data Format||File & Object Storage||Object Storage||Object Storage|
|Data Consistency, Locking||Native SMB / Real-time||Proprietary / Replicated in Cloud||Proprietary / Replicated between controllers|
|Local File data/cache||NTFS||Proprietary (Vendor Lock-in)||Proprietary (Vendor Lock-in)|
|User Workflow Change||None||Medium||Medium|
|Use existing infrastructure||Yes||No*||No|