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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’s intelligent Global File Cache.

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Why NetApp Global File Cache

Leverage the cloud to consolidate data and cut costs

NetApp’s proven intelligent Global File Cache allows distributed enterprises to securely consolidate silos of file servers into one cohesive global storage footprint in the public cloud, which streamlines overall IT management, significantly cuts costs, and boosts business productivity on a global scale.

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 their unified IT infrastructure resulting in reduced IT complexity and significant cost savings.

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Key use cases

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

Leverage the cloud for a single enterprise data footprint for all users, simplify data management, and improve business continuity.

Global VDI deployments

Enable regional VDI farms to keep user productivity high and keep data close to the users without needing replication/sync overhead.

Large file collaboration

Enable a “single set of data” for users globally to leverage virtual teams and increase their productivity for team and collaborative workflows.

Benefits

Global File Cache is a software-based solution that delivers fast and secure access to data for users by caching active data sets 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 leverage the scalability and performance from enterprise-grade storage solutions.

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Operational efficiency

Create a single set of data for users globally and leverage 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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Features

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

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Cloud platform agnostic

Deploy Global File Cache together with Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Volumes Service, or Azure NetApp Files in any of the major hyperscaler platforms (Azure, AWS, and GCP) to kick-start your cloud consolidation project.

End-to-end security

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

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

Operational simplicity

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

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

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.

Metromont

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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.

CAPITA

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Supported platforms

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

Global File Cache is available for use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Volumes Service.

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Azure customers

Global File Cache is available for use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Azure NetApp Files.

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Google Cloud customers

Global File Cache is available for use with Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Volumes Service.

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NetApp ONTAP Systems customers

Global File Cache is available for use with on-premise NetApp ONTAP Systems. 

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