The Enterprise File Fabric™ and NetApp

Why Storage Made Easy and NetApp?

The Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric™ platform enables users to work with NetApp file and object data outside the boundaries of the office.

NetApp servers are deployed all over the world, from data centers to branch offices. Yet it's still difficult for those who work outside an office, even part-time, to access data they need, and challenging for everyone to collaborate within global teams and partners.

With the File Fabric, all users, whether remote, at home, or offline, can search, browse, share and access files from anywhere. Data remains on the NetApp platform. Users can work remotely using desktop, mobile and web apps – alongside users accessing NetApp files directly from the office.

Key Features

  • Cloud Drive
    • Works as a network drive, but designed for higher latency, slower networks
    • Local cache for folder metadata and active files.
    • Users can also manage locks, share files and search from the drive.
  • Content Search / Discovery
    • Find files quickly by name, metadata, content, or tags.
    • Search from web, mobile and desktop apps.
    • Results based on access levels (e.g. AD groups).
    • Real-time automated discovery of PHI / PII files
  • Cloud Edit
    • Double-click files in the web app.
    • Downloads and opens in desktop app.
    • Files locked or opened as read-only.
    • Save uploads back to remote storage.
  • Web, Desktop and Mobile Apps
    • Real-time view of NetApp object storage.
    • Rename, move, copy, upload, download files and folders.
    • Offline sync.
  • Microsoft Integration
    • Teams: search, browse, edit, deep links.
    • Office Online: edit docs from web app; locking and concurrent editing supported.
    • Outlook and Office plugins for easy uploading and sharing within apps.
    • Integrates with Azure AD
  • File & Folder Sharing
    • Share files and folders.
    • Drop folders to receive files.
    • Set expiration, download limits, passwords.
    • Driven by organizational policies.
    • Audit sharing and download actions.
    • Authenticate external users.
  • Locking
    • Propagated local of global locks with NetApp.
    • Prevent users from editing the same file.
    • Automatic locks when files are being edited e.g. Cloud Edit, MS Office Online and Cloud Drive.
    • Users can also lock files themselves e.g. for offline changes.
  • File Acceleration
    • Accelerate large files to/from user desktops up to 10x using MStream.
    • Improve remote working experience.
    • Drag/Drop between organizational data silos at rapid transfer speeds.
  • Security
    • Integrates with company IAM – AD, LDAP, SAML
    • Enhanced Authentication
      • Two Factor Challenge
    • Compliance / Governance
      • Detailed Audit Event Log
    • Data Security
      • FIPS Encryption
      • Ransomware Protection

More information

  • Storage Made Easy Documentation: NetApp