Panzura vs NetApp
Global File Cache

Feature Panzura logo NetApp Why it Matters
60-second snapshot sync times for all locations with the cloud object store Panzura transfers data to the cloud in the form of snapshots. 60-second sync time implies that the RPO is also 60 seconds. NetApp Global File Cache RPO & RTO times are longer.
All locations sync with the cloud object store simultaneously Panzura’s simultaneous sync results in immediate global data consistency across all locations. When a file is opened with NetApp, the edge instance checks with the cloud for updates. If present, these are synced to the edge instance.
Honor locking protocol (no write collision) Without global locking, more than one user can modify the same file at the same time, resulting in multiple versions of the file that must be manually merged by the user.
Distributed locking NetApp uses centralized file locking, with the lock held in the cloud. This is a single point of failure. Additionally, higher latencies to the cloud will affect performance negatively.
Ability to mirror the entire dataset to a secondary cloud object store and failover automatically Panzura’s Cloud Mirroring provides uninterrupted access to your data in the cloud(s), with no single point of failure. Prevents accidental deletion of a cloud bucket, allowing for separate security policies. NetApp Global File Cache does not support volume mirroring capability but some other NetApp products support SnapMirror capability for volume mirroring.
Provides dedicated High Availability (HA) options on both physical and virtual machines As a Windows-based system, NetApp uses windows clustering or load distribution for HA.
Snapshots can be configured; hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly with independent retention policy Snapshots provide granular ability to restore files, folders or even the whole file system as they were at a given point in time
Block-level data immutability Existing data blocks and objects are not overwritten in any way, preventing corruption of data and making data impervious to ransomware. Additional NetApp products are required for data immutability.
Immutable architecture and read-only snapshots Panzura’s data architecture protects against ransomware and other malware by restoring immutable snapshots. This provides the ability to restore “clean” files. Netapp does not support this natively.
Full support for dark sites (no inbound or outbound connections to/from the Internet) NetApp needs firewall ports open to the public cloud.
Military grade (AES256) Panzura’s military grade (AES256) encryption prevents third-party and malicious actors from accessing your data.
FIPS-140-2 certified
Secure data erasure Panzura’s Secure Erase feature securely removes files from the CloudFS file system, ensuring that the file can no longer be accessed or recreated. This prevents unauthorized retrieval of deleted data.
Add locations without impacting performance to existing users Netapp’s global file cache relies on Windows Server which is stateful. This impacts the performance for site additions
Global block-level deduplication Panzura compares a block of data (128KB) against similar blocks in the cloud instead of just comparing it on the local device. The result is a smaller storage footprint and enhanced data transfer rates.
Immediate data consistency Data can be transferred directly between peers without waiting for the cloud to propagate it with all locations. The most up-to-date file is immediately available to all locations.
Integrated search, audit and filer network analysis Panzura Data Services platform provides integrated search, audit and filer network analysis capabilities over your entire cloud file storage.
Comprehensive built-in tools for IT admins to diagnose and troubleshoot their environment. Panzura’s handy tools enable your IT admins to become self-sufficient and meet SLAs.
Remote access to files without duplicating to a third party such as DropBox. File replication increases data storage requirements and gives your IT team another data store and security policy to manage.
Works with Revit workshare monitor
NFS (Network File Sharing)
SMB (Server Message Block – CIFS Sharing)