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Consolidate your unstructured data into Google Cloud

Enable real-time global file sharing for your distributed workforce by using NetApp’s intelligent Global File Cache.

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Modernize distributed storage using NetApp’s Global File Cache

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 Google Cloud, which streamlines overall IT management, significantly cuts costs and boosts business productivity on a global scale.


Why Global File Cache

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.

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.


IT challenges

Business challenges


Managing “Islands of Data” in branch offices


Poor performance accessing data


Excessive data growth and duplication of data


Unable to collaborate efficiently


Inefficient usage of server and storage resources, server sprawl


Data integrity issues


Local storage, data replication and backups cause poor recovery times


Conflicting file versions, resulting in data loss


Complex IT Management


Poor business productivity

Key use cases


Distributed file server consolidation

Leverage the cloud for a single enterprise data footprint for all users, simplify data management and improve business continuity.


Global VDI deployments

Enable regional VDI farms to keep user productivity high and keep data close to the VDI farm/users without needing replication/sync overhead.


Large file collaboration

Enable a “Single Set of Data” for users globally to leverage virtual teams and increase their productivity for team and collaborative workflows.

The solution: Global File Cache

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.

  • ic-migration-4Consolidate and centralize your data into the public cloud and leverage the scalability and performance from enterprise-grade storage solutions.
  • ic-resources-specsCreate a single set of data for users globally and leverage intelligent file caching to improve global data access, collaboration and performance.
  • ic-dataRely on a self-sustaining, self-managing cache, and eliminate full data copies and backups. Utilize local file caching for active data and cut storage costs.
  • security-blackTransparent access from branch locations through a global namespace with real time central file locking.


  • End-to-end security

    Seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory and data access control through ACLs and NTFS permissions along with data encryption at-rest and in-flight.

  • Cost savings

    Leverage existing hardware or VM infrastructure at distributed locations while providing file services to globally dispersed users.

  • Operational simplicity

    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.

  • Transparent integration

    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.

  • High performance

    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.

Frequently asked questions

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.