Realtime File Collaboration Across Sites

Let your geographically distributed workforces collaborate in realtime by transforming your cloud storage into an enterprise-grade file system. It’s a global cloud NAS that delivers a local high performance NAS experience, regardless of number of locations, distance, file size or application.  

Enterprises Face Significant Collaboration Challenges

Global Workforce

When users are in a central office, legacy NAS data sharing works seamlessly. Now, those users are spread across the globe (and probably working from home). Giving your best people the tools they need to operate as if they’re still in the same office seems unrealistic.

Local NAS Infrastructure

Legacy NAS infrastructure adds to the problem. Easily able to share data locally, legacy NAS cannot effectively share large data sets across locations. The time required to transmit data across distance can make file sharing slow or even impossible.

Simultaneous File Access

As files have grown increasingly large and complex, the ability to access and edit different portions of a single file by multiple users at the same time has become common. Consistent, global file locking is required; versioning leads to data corruption.

Realtime Cross-Site Collaboration

Panzura Freedom Collaboration™ solves these challenges by consolidating unstructured (file) data  from multiple storage locations into a single authoritative data set in the cloud and allowing all users within an organization to access that data just as if they were all in the same office. This requires 3 things that always work, in real time, without requiring user intervention:

Global File Locking

The file locking mechanism that ensures only one user can edit a file at the same time when accessing data from a local NAS has been part of the collaborative work fabric for many years. Panzura extends automated file locking to any user, regardless of their location.

Byte-Range Locking

Byte-range locking, allowing multiple users work on different parts of the same file without overwriting each other, is the ultimate in realtime file collaboration. Panzura makes byte-range locking available across the entire enterprise, for any application that supports it. 

Immediate Visibility

Working locally, file updates can be seen by other users as soon as a file is saved. Only Panzura makes file updates accessible in realtime on a global basis. Unique, patented technology enables Panzura to provide immediate data consistency to every user in every location.

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ÅF chose Panzura’s distributed file storage to allow their global workforce of 16,000 to effectively collaborate on large scale Revit projects.

Packers Plus

As Packers Plus Energy Services began to exhaust their on-prem data storage, they looked for a solution that would enable collaboration using cloud storage.