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WAFS Overview

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Wide Area File Services (WAFS)

Instantly access and share files across multiple offices worldwide

  • Collaborate on mission-critical files
  • Minimize data latency
  • Real-time file locking
  • Work offline when Internet connectivity is limited
  • Works with Autodesk® Revit®
  • File replication and sharing at LAN speeds

Access & Share Files Securely With Our Enterprise
Collaboration Software

Slash Data Latency and Collaborate on Files Anywhere in the World with
Wide Area File Services (WAFS)

WAFS is a must-have tool for businesses with multiple offices around the world. WAFS is powerful file collaboration software like no other, allowing secure, real-time access and sharing of large files.

Save Time, Money, and Frustration

WAFS makes your collaboration fast and easy. Put a stop to lost files, errors, and increasing bandwidth costs from all of that download time. With WAFS, you can say goodbye to delayed projects, multiple errors, budget overages, and angry clients caused by slow, cumbersome collaboration.

WAFS Eliminates 95% of Network Traffic

WAFS transparently replicates files to or between servers or desktops on any scale, while boosting performance—and with the Vault, there is no need for a backup solution in every office. All locations save their files to the Vault, as shown below.

WAFS Diagram

Easy Access. No Lost Files.

Your business’s Vault can be located anywhere in the world or even in the cloud. The Vault guards against loss of data or corruption by saving both current and past, uncorrupted files for easy access if needed. For instance, if a corrupted file is saved or a file is deleted, an administrator can securely retrieve files from the Vault history. Or, you may want to access older versions of files to view the history of changes made. The Vault makes all of this possible.

Real Time Data for Real-Time Business

WAFS prevents files from being changed at the same time by multiple people. As soon as you open a file, it’s locked and no one else can work on the file. (Others can open a read-only version.) Once you’ve saved your file, the changes are saved in the Vault, in real time, and the lock is removed.

Work Offline with Automatic File Synchronization

If your network goes offline, you can continue to work on files offline by accessing the files on the Agent (your desktop). When the Agent goes back online, it performs an initial synchronization with the Vault. If more than one person changed the file while the network was offline, WAFS allows the admin to choose which version to use or to start from a previous version. Because all past versions of all files are kept on the Vault, you can always restore any past version of the file.

Fast LAN Speed for File Replication and Sharing

File replication ensures that current files are accessible anywhere on the WAN. And when you pair Autodesk® Revit® Worksharing capabilities with WAFS™ by Globalscape, users from locations around the world can access and share files over a WAN at LAN speeds. This means faster and more reliable element borrowing and multi-user access to entire worksets.