The AeroFS Storage Agent is just like our regular syncing client, with a little extra. Install Storage Agent on any internet-connected device and it acts like a master device. Instead of just syncing files that are specifically shared with it, it gathers up all the files and folders in each organization member’s AeroFS folder—automatically. And whenever those files are updated, it continues to sync, so you always know the files are the latest version.
Systems running Storage Agent:
Storage Agent can be installed on Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X, and installing it is amazingly simple. Even non-technical people can install Storage Agent in under a minute. No public IPs, port forwarding, or bash scripting is needed. Flexible storage options are provided during setup, including storing data on Amazon S3.
Unlike traditional file servers, a file server created with Storage Agent is inexpensive to maintain. Since member devices can sync with each other (that’s what our peer-to-peer technology does), the Storage Agent really serves as a back up and extra data point. It’s not mission critical to syncing, so if it goes down your users will observe little to zero downtime.
As more members (and thus more devices) share the same dataset, the likelihood of a file being available online from devices other than the Storage Agent increases dramatically. As a result, as your organization’s collaboration demands grow, the requirements on the Storage Agent’s availability and performance remain low. This behavior is in sharp contrast with traditional models, where servers are often a bottleneck for the system. It means you can run a Storage Agent on cheaper computers and networks, lowering total cost of ownership.
You can install Storage Agent on multiple machines for data backup and disaster recovery. Each copy of Storage Agent synchronizes data with other servers and client applications in the same organization. Each data set is fully replicated, so if any one of the instances goes down it will automatically sync up again when it is back online.
In some cases you may want to expose access to your Storage Agent through more traditional interfaces. The AeroFS Storage Agent can expose data in a traditional folder hierarchy so that these folders can be accessible over Windows File Sharing and FTP protocols.