Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Egnyte provides local cache for file-server systems

updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue February 17, 2009

Egnyte intros Local Cloud

Egnyte claims it has solved one of the biggest problems with cloud-based computing- relying on a third party to store data. The on-demand file server company says its new Local Cloud service allows users to store their data on-premises using an inexpensive disk drive, while server functions are performed off-site.

On-demand file server providers allow businesses to outsource server and storage needs, usually for a monthly fee, but some companies worry that internet outages and latency issues could delay or restrict access to critical data. Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain tells MacNN that Local Cloud is a hybrid system providing the security of an in-house server at about one-eigth the cost.

Local Cloud works with a wide variety of off-the-shelf drives, from simple USB models to larger RAID systems. Data and applications can be stored on a drive, which is automatically synced with Egnyte's servers. In the event of an ISP outage, users can still access local applications and documents via the local drive.

On-site storage has another advantage, the company says. Cloud-based systems can be slow to download giant Photoshop files, CAD drawings or other large items. Local Cloud is claimed to reduce latency by allowing users to access large files directly from their own drive.

Timing is everything in business, and Egnyte believes that its products may benefit from the recession. Egnyte sees opportunity in the downturn, as companies look to cut costs by outsourcing to cloud-based systems. The Local Cloud option will add about $10-15 to a company's monthly subscription fees, depending upon the number of users.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Blue's Mikey Digital

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some t ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News