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Branchcache over ONTAP CIFS

lucabisceglia
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Hi,

I have a customer with over 200 branches each with a Windows server. They wish to implement a central caching solution. We evaluate the Global File Cache solution but it's very expensive for the licensing model.

I heard about Branchcache and I'm wondering if this could be a good solution. We only need to have a central FAS and then caching the shares across the branches.

Did you have some experiences so far ? Many thanks Luca

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Ontapforrum
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Considering your scenario, I think Microsoft BranchCache can do the job for you. Sorry, I don't have practical experience of using it but from whatever I have read, it does the job, especially for your case-requirement (200 branches etc).

 

Use BranchCache to cache SMB share content at a branch office overview:
https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/ontap/smb-admin/branchcache-cache-share-content-branch-office-concept.html

 

BranchCache supported versions of ONTAP:
https://kb.netapp.com/Advice_and_Troubleshooting/Data_Storage_Software/ONTAP_OS/BranchCache_supported_versions_of_ONTAP

 

Configure BranchCache:
https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/ontap-sm-classic/online-help-96-97/task_setting_up_branchcache.html#modify-the-branchcache-settings

 


Another option: NetApp FlexCache (Not suitable for your requirement)
FlexCache is supported on AFF, FAS, and ONTAP Select systems running ONTAP 9.5 or later versions. A cache is a temporary storage location that resides between a host and a source of data. The objective of a cache is to store frequently accessed portions of source data in a way that allows the data to be served faster than it would be by fetching the data from the source. FlexCache in ONTAP solves these problems by providing a writable, persistent cache of a volume in a remote place that is consistent, coherent, and current.

 

PDF:
https://www.netapp.com/pdf.html?item=/media/7336-tr4743pdf.pdf
https://kb.netapp.com/Advice_and_Troubleshooting/Data_Storage_Software/ONTAP_OS/FlexCache_volumes_for_ONTAP_9.5_and_higher

 

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Ontapforrum
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Considering your scenario, I think Microsoft BranchCache can do the job for you. Sorry, I don't have practical experience of using it but from whatever I have read, it does the job, especially for your case-requirement (200 branches etc).

 

Use BranchCache to cache SMB share content at a branch office overview:
https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/ontap/smb-admin/branchcache-cache-share-content-branch-office-concept.html

 

BranchCache supported versions of ONTAP:
https://kb.netapp.com/Advice_and_Troubleshooting/Data_Storage_Software/ONTAP_OS/BranchCache_supported_versions_of_ONTAP

 

Configure BranchCache:
https://docs.netapp.com/us-en/ontap-sm-classic/online-help-96-97/task_setting_up_branchcache.html#modify-the-branchcache-settings

 


Another option: NetApp FlexCache (Not suitable for your requirement)
FlexCache is supported on AFF, FAS, and ONTAP Select systems running ONTAP 9.5 or later versions. A cache is a temporary storage location that resides between a host and a source of data. The objective of a cache is to store frequently accessed portions of source data in a way that allows the data to be served faster than it would be by fetching the data from the source. FlexCache in ONTAP solves these problems by providing a writable, persistent cache of a volume in a remote place that is consistent, coherent, and current.

 

PDF:
https://www.netapp.com/pdf.html?item=/media/7336-tr4743pdf.pdf
https://kb.netapp.com/Advice_and_Troubleshooting/Data_Storage_Software/ONTAP_OS/FlexCache_volumes_for_ONTAP_9.5_and_higher

 

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