DFSR+ for Data ONTAP
Powering Global Collaboration Infrastructure
for the Distributed Enterprise
Distributed teams are a central feature of modern organizations. Engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales, logistics, and finance personnel all collaborate to manage complex business processes from offices hundreds or even thousands of miles apart and also coordinate supply chains across continents.
At first, supporting the collaboration needs of these teams seems pretty simple as “Email it to me” becomes the default method, but what happens when distributed project teams use email or other methods like FTP to share files?
- Complaints about long waits to receive large files
- A lack of version control, resulting in duplication of effort, lost work, errors, and frustration
- Runaway file sharing impacts network performance and inflates the cost of bandwidth and storage
- ….and more
Fortunately, several technologies are available that can help IT organizations improve file sharing for distributed teams including content management systems, file replication and mirroring, WAN optimization, and wide area file service (WAFS). Each of these technologies address these challenges in very different ways, but file replication and mirroring has become a popular response thanks to the inclusion of Microsoft Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) in recent versions of the Windows Server operating system.
Introducing WAN-Optimized File Collaboration for Windows and NetApp Data ONTAP
The adoption of feature-rich network storage appliances has grown to meet the increasing demand for manageable and scalable storage systems. NetApp has emerged as a leading vendor in this space, but given the natural storage evolution, most enterprises start with Windows storage and then implement NetApp systems in larger facilities. Consequently, a mixed environment of NetApp and Windows is now common in many organizations while the need for file collaboration infrastructure continues to accelerate.
Originally designed to provide an easy and integrated way of distributing a limited amount of documents for read-only access to branch offices or vice versa, DFSR seems like a good solution for file collaboration, but shortly after, implementation problems start to show themselves. For example, the lack of file locking allows conflicts when using bidirectional synchronization, but it almost never comes up during proof of concepts or testing. However, in a large environment these conflicts happen so often that the cost outweighs the value of having the system perform the synchronization.
DFSR has additional challenges in mixed environments where different versions of Windows Server are deployed, and it is not compatible with the high performance storage platforms found in larger enterprises.
To meet this challenge, Peer Software developed DFSR+, a file collaboration technology that works in concert with the NetApp Data ONTAP API to enable real-time file replication and version conflict prevention in mixed NetApp NAS and Windows storage environments.
The benefits of DFSR+ are potentially immense, as it allows organizations to eliminate reliance on less optimal file collaboration methods such as email, content management systems like SharePoint, FTP, or even WAN accelerators deployed in the hope of improving performance.
Introducing PeerLink – Exclusively Powered by DFSR+
PeerLink is the flagship file collaboration solution from Peer Software. Exclusively powered by DFSR+ technology, PeerLink is an enterprise-class solution focused solely on the needs of file collaboration users in Windows and NetApp storage environments. Thanks to its centralized management architecture, PeerLink is easy to install, configure, and monitor and is seamless to users.Product details >
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|Prevent version conflicts|
|Optimized voice and video traffic|
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(software, hardware, administration, user training)