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.
Leverage the cloud for a single enterprise data footprint for all users, simplify data management and improve business continuity.
Enable regional VDI farms to keep user productivity high and keep data close to the VDI farm/users without needing replication/sync overhead.
Enable a “Single Set of Data” for users globally to leverage virtual teams and increase their productivity for team and collaborative workflows.
Deploy Global File Cache together with Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Volumes Service or Azure NetApp Files in any of the major hyperscaler platforms (Azure, AWS and GCP) to kick-start your cloud consolidation project.
Seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory and data access control through ACLs and NTFS permissions along with data encryption at-rest and in-flight.
Leverage existing hardware or VM infrastructure at distributed locations while providing file services to globally dispersed users.
Zero touch management through a self-sustaining, self-managing cache at the edge and a consolidated and centralized storage environment at the core in the public cloud.
By accessing data and collaborating in real-time, users will feel as if they’re all working in the same office, anywhere in the world, regardless of bandwidth, latency, and distance.
Accelerated data access as active data is cached locally in your office together with efficient data transfer over WAN through compression / streaming and delta differencing.
We get asked a lot of questions, which is great. However, below you can find the most frequently asked questions, either on the Global File Cache (GFC) solution itself, technical aspects, support, services-related queries, or how the solution is licensed.