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Distributed File System Integrations

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How to Use DFS Namespace with 3rd Party Software

As custmers like architecture firms or engineering companies strive to improve their efficiencies and make sure their employees are working at full capacity, there is often a need to integrate a Distributed File System with a 3rd party software or hardware solution to take advantage of the DFS stability and the 3rd party efficiency.  We focus primarily on integrating FolderMaestro with a Distributed File System so that companies can share large files over multiple servers in multiple geographic areas.  Doing a simple distributed file system and then having everyone pointing to the root and having to transmit these large packets of data over the WAN is not cost effective in relation to bandwidth of the network or the individual who is trying to pull this data.

FolderMaestro allows there to be a “live copy” of the file on each individual server which “talks” to the other servers in a “check-in/check-out” fashion.  There isn’t the 10 to 20 minute lag time for the huge files and there aren’t revision issues.  A distributed file system with it’s caching mechanism works ok for some companies, but for companies who have real peer to peer file fharing needs, a 3rd party software needs to be added.  There are many that work in different ways which we can discuss with you.  The iShaper, Riverbed, FolderMaestro, etc…  There are probably 20 different companies who have some distributed file system solution, they all vary widely in price and we’d be happy to give you side by side explanations of why we focus on the solution (FolderMaestro) that we do! 

If you are considering a distributed file system for peer to peer file collaboration, please give us a call!

How the iShaper Replacement Increases Network Performance

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Save System Resources

As you are looking to replace your iShaper, you may wonder how the iShaper can help with common network admin issues such as WAN optimization and DFS integration.  This is a valid question to be asking, and we just wanted to let you know a couple of key features as it relates to the iShaper by Bluecoat (or Packeteer…)

The iShaper is not simply a WAN Optimization product.  It seeks to integrate the benefits of DFS with WAN Optimization while also addressing data flow over a network and keeping the file architecture as close to the user as possible.

So what were some of the benefits of the iShaper?

  • Improved application response
  • Improved network traffic shaping (hence the name iShaper)
  • Single access point to address WAN Optimization
  • Policy for traffic based out of different applications

These benefits were pretty awesome with the iShaper, but there were the caching issues we already have discussed some and the price point made the iShaper almost impossible for many firms to afford.

Our system utilizes the same benefit set, improved WAN optimization, etc…  but at a highly competitive price point.  The other great thing about our iShaper replacement is that Peer Software’s Folder Maestro is still sold and fully supported with no current plans of discontinuation.

If you have specific issues you want to discuss regarding iShaper replacement strategies, WAN Optimization in general or DFS system integration using Windows based architecture, please give us a call today!

iShaper Replacement Part II

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Synchronize Multiple Users With Folder Maestro

One of the great features of Folder Maestro by Peer Software is that it no longer uses the caching that the iShaper used to have a local copy of a file live for a user to use.  How will this help you if you are doing Peer to Peer collaboration?

Here are a few ways our iShaper replacement product will help your firm.

If you have engineers at multiple sites and they make an average of $100 an hour or more for your company, the 15 minutes it could take to download a file using an iShaper is worth approx $40.  Multiply this by all the engineers you have in the field and this number can get massive.  If the engineers only downloaded a file like this one time per day… The 240 times in a year * $40 per occurance is worth about $9,600!  This number obviously gets bigger as the the number of occurances increase!

Our solution keeps a copy local and the node which connects the servers is responsible to keep access limited to one person at a time as well as keeping all of the file renditions current for all others to access and ensure congruity between all users.

iShaper Replacement – Industry Noise…

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iShaper Replacement - What You Need to Know!

If you bought the iShaper by Bluecoat, there are a few things we do not need to tell you!  The first thing about the iShaper we can probably ignore mentioning is the fact that support is scheduled to end in about a year or so.  All of the customers using the iShaper for Peer to Peer Collaboration, are going to either have to run an expensive solution without support, or they will have to find a replacement for the iShaper.

Our product, Folder Maestro by Peer Software, has been tested and proven to have some advantages over the iShaper, so the fact that the iShaper is almost at the end of its support cycle could be the best news you get in regards to Peer to Peer collaboration.  Feel free to poke around to see how we go about providing a product that is a suitable iShaper replacement!