Storage Sync Overview

Storage Sync is Egnyte’s hybrid file-sharing and collaboration technology. With Egnyte Storage Sync, files on any local storage device (direct attached, NAS, or SAN) can be synced with Egnyte Cloud, thereby enabling users to store, share and access files seamlessly across storage systems and the cloud. Storage Sync is currently supported with the NETGEAR, VMware, and Hyper-V platforms.

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Storage Sync can be deployed in multiple scenarios to solve different business needs. Customers all have on-premises NAS devices and want to migrate all of their data to the cloud or want to leverage the benefits of the hybrid cloud.

Business Continuity

Prepare for the situation when on-premises data store fails. Storage Sync provides an easy way to create a backup copy of all files in the cloud.

Collaboration with Remote Employees

Storage Sync keeps the most up-to-date copy of the data in the cloud. This ensures remote workers can seamlessly collaborate with their colleagues without having to worry about out-of-date files.

Cross Office Collaboration

Storage Sync enables on-premises data at every branch office to be in sync with the cloud. This empowers geographically distributed teams to work on the most up-to-date files.

Data Consolidation Across Offices

Companies with data scattered in offices around the world can consolidate business data in the cloud. Storage Sync allows on-premises storage systems to sync with the cloud and create a copy that is kept on headquarters’ on-premises storage. Additionally, companies with search-indexing technologies or backup infrastructure can leverage Storage Sync to access consolidated cloud data from on-premises servers.

 

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Storage Sync performance and scalability characteristics differ based on the platform type and the underlying system configuration. Storage Sync is available for the following platforms: NETGEAR ReadyNAS, VMware, and Windows Hyper-V.

NETGEAR

Storage Sync for NETGEAR enables larger teams or groups to enjoy local LAN speed access to files and still obtain the benefits of the cloud. This solution combines the best of both worlds – anytime, anywhere, any-device online and offline access to files, easy file sharing with business partners, and local collaboration between teams.

Storage Sync for NETGEAR is an easy-to-install solution that provides all the benefits of a physical file server without the associated costs and management overhead. Storage Sync combined with Egnyte Cloud File Server is intended for SMB customers who have the following needs:

  • High speed, LAN access speeds to files.
  • Concurrent access across a large number of users in one office location.
  • Remote/mobile employees & collaboration between several offices.

Storage Sync is a software solution that can turn any commodity, Linux-based, off‐the‐shelf NAS device into a fully functional file server.

Consider this solution if:

  • You own a small business with limited (or no) IT staff requiring an off-the-shelf and easy-to-deploy NAS server.
  • You do not have virtual server infrastructure like VMware ESX/ESXi server or Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • You require small NAS servers to be transported to locations with limited or no bandwidth.

VMware

Storage Sync for VMware is Egnyte’s premier offering in terms of scalability and performance. This solution is intended for shared workspaces that undergo a high frequency of file and folder operations on a large number of files.

Consider this solution if:

  • You are familiar with VMware virtualization technology or have existing VMware infrastructure.
  • You have large-sized teams with over 250 people.

Hyper-V

Teams with predominantly Windows operating environments can enjoy a hybrid-cloud solution. This solution is intended for small teams in a remote office with limited IT resources. Business files can be stored either locally inside the virtual machine or can be mounted inside the virtual machine if there is an existing SAN disk. On-premise users can map a network drive (CIFS) from their computers and access the local copy of files stored on the Storage Sync device. Remote users can access the cloud copy of these files.

Consider this solution if:

  • Your company predominantly operates on Microsoft environment and are familiar with Microsoft Virtualization infrastructure.
  • You have remote teams with small number of collaborators (<100).

 

Comparison of Platforms

Platform

Deployment

Maximum Number of Mapped Users

Maximum Number of Files and Folders on Local Disk

Maximum Number of Concurrent Users Accessing the Network Drive

NETGEAR

Install binary on existing NETGEAR ReadyNAS versions with Intel core processor.

2000

10 million

200

VMware

Virtual Machine on VMware ESX/ESXi servers.

5000

10 million

200

Hyper-V

Virtual Machine on Windows Server systems.

2000

10 million

200

 

Installation

NETGEAR

VMware

Hyper-V

 

Troubleshoot

Helpdesk

For more articles about Storage Sync, please refer to the Storage Sync section on the Helpdesk. To ask a question or interact with other Storage Sync users, please utilize the Sync discussion on our Community forum.

Product Guides

NETGEAR

Storage Sync for NETGEAR ReadyNAS 6

VMware

Storage Sync for VMware

Hyper-V

Storage Sync for Hyper-V

Supported Platforms

NETGEAR

NETGEAR ReadyNAS For Business

VMware

VMware ESX or ESXi

Hyper-V

Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Recommended Hardware

8GB RAM

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • MacOS Safari
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