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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.



Use Cases

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 This ensures remote workers can seamlessly collaborate with their colleagues without having to worry about out-of-date files.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 amongst 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.



Choose a Storage Device

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


Larger teams can enjoy local high speed LAN access to files but still maintain the benefits of the cloud.  For more information, please read the Storage Sync for Netgear article.

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.


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


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.  For more information, please read the Storage Sync for Hyper-V article.

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



Maximum Number of Mapped Users

Maximum Number of Files and Folders on Local Disk

Maximum Number of Concurrent Users Accessing the Network Drive


Install binary on existing Netgear ReadyNAS versions with Intel core processor


10 million



Virtual Machine on VMware ESX/ESXi servers


10 million



Virtual Machine on Windows Server systems


10 million










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


Storage Sync for NETGEAR ReadyNAS 6


Storage Sync for VMWare


Storage Sync for Hyper-V

Supported Platforms


NETGEAR ReadyNAS For Business


Supported products: VMware ESX or ESXi

Recommended products: VMware ESX or ESXi


Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Recommended hardware


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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