engineering

Developing new technology, be it hardware- or software-based, is inherently a team-oriented activity. Multi-discipline engineering teams often live and work in different remote offices and remain connected by a wide area network (WAN) that supports all communication, data transfer, and sharing. To operate as a single high-performance virtual team requires a high degree of integration and collaboration, and the need to regularly distribute and share source code, software builds, detailed design documents, CAD files, test cases and tools, and other forms of IP.

However, multi-layered systems that rely on rsync for data replication, WAN optimization to improve network throughput, and data de-duplication to optimize storage are fragile and expensive to deploy and maintain. This unmanageable complexity leads to high failure rates and lack of visibility and control in the overall process and state of the underlying systems, resulting in huge inefficiencies and loss of productivity. 

Aspera Sync is purpose-built software for highly scalable, mul­tidirectional asynchronous file replication and synchronization. Aspera Sync is designed to overcome the bottlenecks of conventional synchronization tools like rsync and scale up and out for maxi­mum speed replication and synchronization over WANs, for today’s largest source code repositories —from millions of individual files to the largest file sizes.

APPLICATIONS

Collaborative Engineering Design

Major hardware component design and manufacturing companies utilize Aspera software throughout their operations to share new engineering designs within their teams during development and transfer with external third parties including global manufacturing facilities in master processes.

Global Software Development

Millions of source code files for large, complex software products must move over thousands of miles in hours to support follow-the-sun development workflows. Small file streamlining in Aspera’s fasp™ software makes transfers of large collections of small files as fast as possible over even the longest distances. Some of the world’s largest software makers utilize Aspera to transfer millions of development files on a daily basis throughout global facilities for follow-the-sun development.

DISASTER RECOVERY AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY

To protect valuable IP, engineering companies need a fast and secure way to replicate source code repositories offsite. With fasp-powered transfers, high-speed replication from primary to backup sites completes within small operational windows ensuring your data and applications are protected and you can meet your stringent recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO).

FILE ARCHIVING AND STORAGE

Once development projects complete, associated project files are no longer needed and yet can consume valuable storage, especially with large files such as CAD drawings. Improve the efficiency and utilization of your storage systems by moving older and inactive data from expensive high-performance primary storage to secondary remote storage.

DATA MIGRATION FOR DIVERSE STORAGE ENVIRONMENTS

Hardware and system agnostic, Aspera Sync can migrate an entire file system, or portions of the file system from aging or legacy storage to a newly provisioned storage system, preserving file attributes such as permissions, access times, and ownership. High-speed replication over the WAN ensures the migration completes in a fraction of the time of proprietary systems that use traditional protocols, minimizing system downtime. 

Benefits

  • To simplify the system architecture, Aspera Sync offers a single application layer designed to meet the requirements of speed and efficiency as a single solution.
  • Highly scalable synchronization architecture supports synchronization of millions of files and multi-terabyte file sets at multi-gigabit transfer speeds on commodity hardware, without requiring thousands of concurrent sessions.
  • Built-in data deduplication is designed to achieve equal if not superior deduplication on the file system as compared to the dedup offered by proprietary storage systems, and effective compression ratios equal to or better than rsync.
  • Aspera fasp eliminates network-layer bottlenecks and scales transfer speeds over any IP network linearly, achieving complete throughput efficiency independent of the latency of the path and robust to packet losses.
  • Guaranteed transfer times when available bandwidth is known.
  • fasp adaptive rate control is loss tolerant, reacting only to true congestion while remaining immune to inherent channel loss.
  • fasp ramps up to fill unclaimed bandwidth or quickly stabilizes at a TCP-friendly rate when links are congested without squeezing small traffic.
  • Aspera Sync quickly captures file changes through snapshots and file change notifications, quickly acquiring and replicating files based on changes.
  • Aspera Sync is compatible with industry-standard net­works, storage, servers, and operating systems, enabling interoperability across multiple vendor solutions.

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