Storage Sync for VMWare Overview

Updated 11/13/2014


Egnyte's hybrid cloud technology combines the accessibility and flexibility of cloud storage with the robust performance offered by local storage. By automatically detecting and synchronizing changes to files on either the local drives or in the cloud, Egnyte ensures that users have reliable and fast access to the files they need wherever they are.

Storage Sync converts any existing storage into a local file-serving appliance, providing fast local access to files for a team of users. With Storage Sync, your collaborators can access files locally, make rapid changes to files and maintain “an always available” local copy of the data.  Since Storage Sync is connected to your Cloud File Server, it automatically keeps track of all file changes and bi-directionally synchronizes changes between the local device and the Cloud File Server.


How does Storage Sync Work?

Storage Sync is as a virtual appliance which runs on a range of supported virtual machines from VMWare.  For companies looking to run Egnyte on desktop/office server class products, Egnyte can be run on VMWare Workstation.  For companies looking to run Egnyte on data center/enterprise class server products, Egnyte can run on VMware ESX/ESXI/Server class products.  For more details on VMWare products, please check their website.


High Speed LAN Access to Files

Storage Sync allows users to access the files directly from the local device. Users simply connect to the device using a familiar map drive interface.


Access Permissions  

With Storage Sync, all access permissions are synchronized from the Cloud File Server to the local device. This ensures that users access files locally with the same level of security as they would on the Cloud File Server. For example, a user who has only Read permissions on a folder, would not be able to modify or delete files in that folder on the local device.  No additional directory service will be required to establish this access security. 


Work Locally, Access Globally

When users are in the office, they can access files on the local device. However, when users are out of the office, they can access files from the Cloud File Server. Similarly, users who work from remote locations can also access the files directly from the Cloud File Server.


Bi-directional Synchronization

Storage Sync will also keep the data on the local device and the data on the Cloud File Server synchronized. Administrators can choose to setup an appropriate synchronization schedule based on their business needs. This ensures that data from the local device is made accessible to remote users accessing the Cloud File Server and vice versa.



Since the data from the local device is automatically synchronized to the Cloud File Server, the Cloud File Server serves as a redundant data store in case the local device fails. It obviates the need for RAID configuration or other backup procedures for the local data. Should the device fail, a new device can easily be purchased, and the data from the Cloud File Server can be re‐synchronized.


What's new with Storage Sync

Click here to get an overview of the latest version and features of Storage Sync.


Storage Sync Installation

Click here to visit the Storage Sync installation page, download Storage Sync, and confirm system requirements.

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