PeerLink Server is part of PeerCollaboration Enterprise. PeerLink is an enterprise application that creates a fully collaborative environment across both LAN and WAN networks. It ensures the same data exists on all participating servers regardless of where changes occur, even on NetApp filers. The result is users are prevented from accessing files that are already in use on another server in the environment.
With PeerLink you are able to ensure that your data is accessible, providing a reliable IT solution for you business. PeerLink makes data collaboration for businesses with diverse geographical locations a reality. Now your staff can access files and folders in a controlled collaborative environment wherever they are located in the country or around the world.
No longer is there a need to use email, FTP, or a centralised file repository. PeerLink ensures that your data is always up to date on every file server through real-time file replication. Version conflicts are prevented through distributed real-time file locking ensuring only one person can edit a file at a time.
A study of 40,000 projects found that 66% failed or were are late, over budget or missing critical features. One factor that can contribute to these failures is the geographic distance between project team members. As companies expand and open remote office locations or work with partner firms, teams must find ways to work together across both geographic and company boundaries. With increasing complexity comes the necessity to hold local copies of files at each office.
Historically, providing project files to every team member was done by any number of means. Through email attachments, uploading documents to an FTP site for retrieval. Using a document management solution as a centralised data repository. More recently, through document sharing services offered on the Internet. However, each of these solutions have their own limitations.
So how does PeerLink respond to these challenges?PeerLink was created to provide seamless document collaboration capabilities built around traditional file server management processes. File servers utilising PeerLink benefit:
- Choose which folders you want to share and with whom on a folder by folder basis. Shared folders will automatically replicate to only those file servers you designate.
- Shared folders will have real-time replication so changes made anywhere will propagate to all other locations.
- Files being edited at any location will propagate a file lock (to prevent version conflicts) at all other locations.
- All file transfers are secure and encrypted via SSL.
- Only changed portions of a file are replicated. Because all files are replicated, large project files are accessed instantly at local speeds.
How PeerLink worksA collaboration session consists of two or more participating servers, and a folder hierarchy called the Watch Set. This is located on each server which will be kept synchronised by propagating file locks and modifications to all participating servers in real-time. PeerLink has local and remote characteristics that form the basis of a distributed application framework. PeerLink installations are composed of 3 primary components:
- PeerLink Hub - The Hub is the central component of the PeerLink framework. All PeerLink solutions are installed, configured and started at the Hub.
- PeerLink Broker - The Broker makes up the central messaging system that supports PeerLink applications. The Broker provides the core communication facility that connects the Hub and Agents in a PeerLink collaboration environment.
- PeerLink Agent - The Agent is a lightweight component that is installed on a networked host that enables it to participate in a PeerLink collaboration environment.