Egnyte's been working hard enhancing the hybrid solution with exciting new features that provide next-generation capabilities. Those features require server-grade systems with higher horsepower, better stability, and scalability parameters all while simplifying the IT management of these applications.
This article is intended to help new and existing customers choose a NAS device for their remote locations that can keep up with all of Egnyte’s improvements.
Remote Office or Job Site Hybrid Solution Explained
Remote offices or construction job sites typically have limited hardware infrastructure and a small number of IT personnel to manage that infrastructure. Such business locations are oftentimes constrained by limited internet connectivity as well. Many of our customers deploy Egnyte's hybrid solution at these locations to provide instant access to large files and to provide business continuity for their remote users during internet outages.
We have customized the Egnyte Site Cache solution to solve the dual challenges of remote office locations:
- Deployment on small form-factor and off-the-shelf Windows systems
- Simplified installation and configuration process to eliminate an IT admin oversight.
Egnyte's Site Cache can be installed on a wide range of hardware systems that host standard Windows OS. These hardware systems sold by popular vendors like Dell or Lenovo come in small form-factors and can be easily placed inside a small server closet at a job site. As expected, such small form-factor systems are very cost-economical for a small office.
Egnyte Site Cache's powerful and intuitive software installation wizard guides you through a sequence of easy-to-understand steps to help you size the Site Cache and meet the usage requirements for your remote office. The entire installation process takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Hardware and Software Requirements
Our goal is to simplify the deployment and management process of our hybrid offerings for our customers.
- Intel i7 or Xeon Processor or newer enterprise-class Intel CPU
- 4 CPU Cores
- 16GB RAM or more
- Windows Hyper-V - Windows 10 Pro, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server 2019
These offerings are a reference guide to help make your buying decisions, and as such, we do not recommend a specific NAS vendor. They may also get outdated, and the hardware vendor might refresh these offerings with newer generations
Egnyte Site Cache Features
Egnyte's Site Cache is built on top of our latest generation of hybrid technologies and provides all the exciting features that are critical for the simplified management of a remote office.
Centralized management of remote office users
With Egnyte Site Cache, users are centrally managed in the cloud. Configure policies on the Egnyte cloud to designate users who can access the remote hybrid device. Users will automatically connect to the SIte Cache when the policy is configured in the cloud.
Single drive letter to access your files
Egnyte Desktop App provides a single drive letter experience for users to access their files on Egnyte. When users are at the office, the drive letter automatically connects to the Site Cache. When they are at home, the same drive letter connects to the cloud. This provides a consistent experience for end-users to access their files.
Global File Locking
Users working across HQ, remote offices, or other locations will benefit from the global file locking on the files that they access. This ensures that there is a single user editing the file at a given time.
Egnyte Site Cache is resilient to internet outages. Users can continue to work on their files even if there is an internet outage at your remote office. This provides immediate access to mission-critical files.
Business continuity in case of failure
Users can continue to work on their files in scenarios when the remote office server is down or requires to be restarted for maintenance reasons. This is because the Egnyte Desktop App on users' laptops intelligently connects to the cloud when it detects that the on-premise hybrid device is unavailable. Desktop App automatically connects back to the hybrid device when it becomes online.
Users who frequently travel between regional offices and construction job sites will benefit from connecting and accessing their files from the closest Site Cache. This occurs because Desktop App discovers the nearest Site Cache and connects the drive letter to that device.
Smart Cache (add-on)
Egnyte Smart Cache is an add-on capability to Site Cache. The Smart Cache stores only the files that are accessed by users. All other files remain on the Egnyte cloud. This minimizes the total on-premise storage utilized by the hybrid solution.
Egnyte Site Cache vs. Storage Sync
Storage Sync has been Egnyte's hybrid offering for several years and has been a compelling solution for many of our customers. Some of the biggest value propositions for Storage Sync are the real-time sync technology, off-the-shelf NAS option (Storage Sync for NETGEAR), and as a seamless replacement for legacy Windows servers.
Egnyte Site Cache builds on top of these value propositions to provide an even richer set of capabilities. A side-by-side comparison of the capabilities across these two technologies helps outline why Site Cache is a logical evolution over Storage Sync at a remote office or a construction job site.
|Capabilities||Site Cache||Storage Sync for NETGEAR|
|LAN access to files||✔️||✔️|
|Support for large files||✔️||✔️|
|Centralized user management||✔️|
|Global File Locking||✔️|
|Single Drive Letter||✔️|
|Automatic failover to Cloud when NAS is down||✔️|
|Support for Roaming Users||✔️|
(scanners, drone use cases)
Dell, Lenovo, SuperMicro and more
|Host OS||Windows||NETGEAR ReadyNAS|
Simplified Installation Wizard for sizing and installing Site Cache
Admin requires to sign in to ReadyNAS admin UI and follow advanced steps for installation
Device dashboard on Egnyte cloud
ReadyNAS admin UI
|Hardware warranty and Support Options||Sign up with Dell, Lenovo, or preferred partners||NETGEAR|
|Host OS Dependency||
Windows OS updates do not impact Site Cache availability
NETGEAR ReadyNAS firmware updates need to align with Storage Sync updates