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Consolidate your unstructured data into your choice of private or public cloud

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

Why NetApp Global File Cache

Use the cloud to consolidate data and cut costs

NetApp Global File Cache allows distributed enterprises to securely consolidate silos of file servers into one cohesive storage footprint in the public cloud. Now you can streamline overall IT management, significantly cut costs, and boost business productivity on a global scale with minimal investment.

Centralize and consolidate branch office server and storage assets

Global File Cache deploys transparently on a Microsoft Windows Server instance, allowing enterprises to consolidate local storage and embed services like Microsoft Active Directory, DNS/DHCP, DNS, DFS Namespaces, and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. Distribution in a unified IT infrastructure delivers reduced complexity and significant cost savings.

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Key use cases

Global File Cache creates a software fabric that caches “active datasets” in distributed offices to deliver guaranteed transparent data access and optimal performance on a global scale.


Global File Cache is a software-based solution that delivers fast and secure access to data for users by caching datasets to distributed offices globally. Anywhere. Anytime. Your data is consistent, and performance is guaranteed.

Consolidate and centralize

Consolidate and centralize your data into the public cloud and take advantage of the scalability and performance of enterprise-grade storage solutions.

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Operational efficiency

Create a single set of data for users globally and use intelligent file caching to improve global data access, collaboration, and performance.

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Cost efficiency

Rely 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.

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Transparent access

Benefit from transparent access from branch locations through a global namespace with real-time central file locking.

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Deliver secure, rapid access of remote worker data—anywhere, anytime.

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Cloud platform agnostic

Deploy in any of the major hyperscalers. Kick-start your cloud consolidation project using Global File Cache with Cloud Volumes ONTAP®, Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, Azure NetApp Files, or Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud.

End-to-end security

Get 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

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

Operational simplicity

Enjoy 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

Accelerate data access as active data is cached locally in your office. Gain efficient data transfer over WAN through compression, streaming, and delta differencing.

Case studies

Customers around the world rely on NetApp to meet their economic, IT simplification, and infrastructure management needs.

The feedback from the locations has been fantastic, with users commenting that they feel like they are working the LAN, which is exactly what we were aiming for.

Robert Bird Group

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We looked at other similar solutions, but the pricing and the comparable performance was not competitive to NetApp Global File Cache.


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NetApp Global File Cache was cost-effective and makes it feel like information is on your local file server, even when it is not.

GEI Consultants

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Bringing the data together using NetApp Global File Cache software allows users to work simultaneously on large project files from any location. And in a disaster recovery situation, you get the business back up and running very, very, quickly.


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Supported platforms

Global File Cache is supported with all variations of Cloud Volumes across all hyperscalers.

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