Distributed File System

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Comparing Alternatives

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Peer Software vs Riverbed's Steelhead Suite

If you are trying to figure out when to look at different file sharing technologies, it can get a bit confusing, especially as you deal with large file collaboration.  Today, we want to deal with the idea of a WAN Acceleration product like Riverbed’s Steelhead product and compare it with a distributed file system using third party software and helping you know when it’s better to consider WAN Optimization and when it’s better to look at buying a distributed file system package.

When is Riverbed’s  Steelhead a good idea?

  • When you have issues getting all of your data through the pipe currently, apart from your file sharing needs
  • When you share files, but don’t really collaborate on them (i.e. Marketing sends tons of pdf’s across the country, but they don’t get concurrent attention.)
  • When your people are consistently complaining about access speeds.

When to consider a distributed file system (with Peer Software suite)

  • When there are multiple offices sharing and editing files and you are not sure exactly when each group does this
  • The files go back and forth multiple times
  • You want local access speeds at remote locations

If you would like to chat about your situation and how a distributed file system might work for you, please call our sales tech, Tom, and he can go over these details with you.

When to Avoid a Distributed File System

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When to Avoid a Distributed File System!

When a company is looking at a distributed file system, they are doing so because there is some pain.  Either there are issues with expensive internal folks not having fast access to files or people who would like to centralize files so there are not problems with versions.  Speed is often the biggest consideration and therefore WAN Optimization must be considered a necessary element to consider when looking at a distributed file system.  If your DFS doesn’t meet basic hardware specs, obviously, you’re going to run into issues.  Having a solid distributed file system is crucial for companies needing peer to peer collaboration, however there tools are not for everyone!

When should you look at avoiding a distributed file system

  • If all the money you have to spend is being spent up front to set up.  Other costs creep in, if you can’t afford this, it’s not good to start!
  • If you are not having access or revision issues
  • If you are in the same location sharing files over a LAN instead of a WANPacket Shapers, etc would be more appropriate if you are trying to solve network throughput issues.

If you have any questions on whether a distributed file system is right for you, please give us a call today!

WAN Optimization and Distributed File Systems

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Interworkings of DFS technology and WAN Optimization

Have you been looking at a distributed file system for your organization?  Usually this is done so that large file collaboration can be as efficient as possible. There is an interesting issue that seems to occur when people initiate a large file collaboration methodology such as a distributed file system.  The network resources start to get hogged by particular high end users and everyone else slows down to a crawl.  The first and most obvious solutions is to create rules in terms of what data gets priority.  Another solution is to have replication at remote sites.  Yet, the most common problems that will occur then is file revision issues.

Our solution, which integrates a distributed file system and Folder Maestro software solves both problems.  WAN Optimization is not as necessary because local servers contain shared files.  Revision issues won’t happen because of the Folder Maestro software.  If you want to chat about how this might work for your organization, please give us a call and we’ll show you how we integrated Folder Maestro and a distributed file system to optimize our WAN!

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!

Why WAN Optimization is Gaining Interest

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How Long Do Files Take to Share?

Maybe you are an IT professional or a decision maker…  You may have a Wide Area Network (WAN) and want to improve speed.  What makes someone more interested in looking at WAN acceleration?  There are a few factors that seem to cause interest more than anything.

  • More and more home workers in multiple locations all needing to share larger and larger files.  This puts a strain on the network.
  • The increasing cost of bandwidth.  As costs climb with more and more data being transmitted, the interest in making the WAN as efficient as possible increases, especially if it means 2 T1 lines can now be 1 T1 line!!
  • Government Regulations — As more and more government regulations continue to increase the need to pass data across networks, people are looking for cost effective ways to get this done!

If you have questions on how we can make your WAN more efficient, please give us a call and talk to our WAN expert, Tom.