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Egnyte file sharing in the cloud uses object storage, NetApp support

The latest Egnyte file sharing offering for the cloud is an enterprise bundle with object storage in place of NFS, and support for NetApp filers in place of NetGear.

Egnyte Inc. today launched Egnyte HybridCloud File Sharing for the Enterprise, which the vendor claims can allow companies to scale up to 1 billion files per account and up to 10,000 concurrent users without impacting network performance.

The enterprise cloud file sharing offering is built on the Egnyte Object Store, which provides the scalability required to take Egnyte from a small- and medium-sized business (SMB) vendor to the enterprise. Egnyte’s software is now supported on NetApp FAS2240 storage systems. The object storage is also available for Egnyte’s SMB bundles, which previously used Network File System (NFS) instead of object storage, and can be deployed natively only on NetGear ReadyNAS appliances.

The upgrade “puts Egnyte in another stratosphere of competition as far as the accounts they can support,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) in Milford, Mass. “Supporting 10,000 users is going to be more than enough for the enterprise.”

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Egnyte also added a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) interface to its software so customers can upload and download up to 1 TB of data per session vs. the previous 5 GB to 10 GB per session.

Egntye uses a local cloud and online file sharing. The enterprise local cloud is deployed either on the NetApp FAS2240 or as a VMware virtual appliance on other network-attached storage (NAS) or storage-area networks (SANs). It synchronizes files between on-premises storage and the cloud file server hosted at one of Egnyte’s three data centers. Customers can map a network drive to the virtual appliance and access files from their desktops. Administrators can set up user access rights and folder permissions that are enforced locally and in the cloud.

Egnyte plans to extend its partnership with NetApp by extending its API to other NetApp storage systems.

Vineet Jain, Egnyte's CEO and co-founder, said he's looking to push online file sharing deeper into Fortune 10,000 companies. Egnyte’s aim is to get customers to eliminate their file servers and the need for virtual private networks (VPNs) so employees can access and collaborate on files stored in the cloud.

Egnyte’s HybridCloud File Sharing for the Enterprise has a new Web-based interface, and supports mobile applications on smartphones. New security features include encryption on the end-user side and the cloud site for data at rest through a partnership with Sophos.

Egnyte’s enterprise package is generally available now for $12.99 per user, per month for an annual subscription, and it requires a minimum of 25 employees. The enterprise product includes 3 TB of online storage with additional storage available starting at $129.99 per TB, per month.

ESG's McClure said Egnyte is part of a rapidly growing, emerging market in online file sharing. She is tracking approximately 20 companies in this space, including Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, Nomadix Inc., SugarSync Inc., Syncplicity Inc. and YouSendIt Inc. “This market definitely is getting bigger,” she said. “I hear of a new company every week.”

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