How your End Users Benefit
By deploying Talon FAST™ in your distributed enterprise, you bring your islands of unstructured data together. It's the key component which helps to centralize, consolidate, and orchestrate advanced data management within your organization. It's a catalyst that unleashes innovation within your business, fueled by an exceptional global file-sharing and collaboration experience.
End User Experience
By using the Talon FAST™ solution to centralized file shares to globally distributed users, these users have access to these shares via either a UNC path or a DFS Namespace. The user experience for properly configured systems is analogous to the experience of having a local file server; i.e. users or applications can navigate to a directory structure, select shares/folders, and work with files. The complete range of file operations (open, save, copy, paste, etc.) are available to the user requiring no change in workflow.
- When a user requests use of a file in the central repository, Active Directory will authenticate that user’s access rights
- After a successful authentication, the file is opened centrally from the backend file server by the FAST™ core, and a lock is applied (centrally) to that file
- If the file has not ever been used by a user in that particular location, the file is served using the proprietary streaming and compression technologies inherent in the FAST™ solution to improve performance
- If, however, the file has been used by (any user in) that location before, it is likely resident in the local cache. In this case the file will be served out of the local cache without incurring network transfer operations, thereby providing a high performance experience
- If the file version in local cache is not the most up-to-date version in the authoritative backend file server repository, any differences (and only the differences) will be sent to the local cache and merged with the cached version of the file upon open; this maximizes performance and minimizes network resource use
- Note: the file remains locked at the central repository, and is only served after authentication and lock are performed
- User operations continue as normal, and any updates/changes/writes will be cached locally
- Upon save/exit, any changes to the file will be differenced back to the authoritative central copy
- Upon exit, after the saves are completed centrally, the file is closed and the lock will be released and available to other users
The FAST™ Fabric allows for optimal performance throughout the distributed enterprise as it leverages Intelligent File Caching, based on the NTFS file system. Based on customer feedback our software has been able to achieve up to 20x performance opening and saving large files.