Transparent Selective Sync
Resilio Connect v2.10 introduces an improved selective sync capability, allowing transparent file caching at the local level that is minimally disruptive to existing applications. In selective sync mode, all files appear local, but exist in a dehydrated state and consume zero space on the local disk. When needed, files are streamed on-demand through the file system, then cached on local storage for some period of time-based on configured policies. Resilio’s high-performance protocols ensure the fastest possible download speeds and minimal lag when accessing remote files. The Resilio agents in selective sync mode can be deployed on the local desktop, or on a local server accessible over SMB and operating as a cache.
Local Desktop File Caching with Azure Files
Resilio Connect v2.10 also includes native support for Azure Files, expanding the array of cloud storage options available to customers. Combined with selective sync, Resilio Connect delivers a high-performance local caching solution backed by infinitely scalable cloud storage in Azure.
Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that can be accessed over standard protocols such as SMB 3.0. To achieve adequate performance, many “remote work” and similar scenarios require a file cache accessible by the local desktop machines (such as macOS or Windows) without the need to operate and maintain a local file server.
Using Resilio Connect with Microsoft Azure Files (or with object storage from AWS, GCP, Azure & others) desktop users at any location can access cloud file shares and enjoy the performance and compatibility of an on-premises, local file cache without any additional complexity or the need to be trained on a new application. Agents on the different endpoints talk to cloud endpoints and retrieve data from the cloud storage. Users access cloud files by navigating the desktop file system, just as they would in the office, and as shown below. Files are automatically added to the local cache or can be explicitly added by the user.