Enabling hybrid storage with Egnyte

By Shyam Srinivasan, Egnyte Product Manager

This article discusses integrating Egnyte and Google Cloud to deploy a hybrid cloud and on-premises model.

Egnyte, a Google Cloud Technology Partner and a 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS), offers Google customers the ability to create a hybrid SaaS file sync and share infrastructure that harnesses the power and flexibility of Google Cloud services with the security and centralized IT administration of on-premises content management.

With Egnyte Connect, customers who require that some content remain on-premises and who must avoid a cloud-only model can easily use Cloud Storage in addition to their on-premises storage.

Egnyte delivers EFSS services that anticipate IT and business needs, so users can easily, securely, and intelligently access and share files stored on premises and in Cloud Storage. Egnyte provides unparalleled flexibility, unified visibility, and centralized control over data to facilitate collaboration and to optimize legacy and future infrastructure investments. Egnyte Connect also works with Google Workspace.

Integrating Google Cloud with Egnyte Connect

Enterprise organizations often need to collaborate on large files, such as videos, construction blueprints, or medical imagery. Storing these file types in the cloud might result in undesirable latency using a pure cloud-based storage approach, and potentially business disruption if internet connectivity is lost. The problem is compounded for geographically dispersed organizations, where some locations might have an unreliable or narrow pipe to the cloud.

Egnyte's hybrid deployment model offers the option to deploy an on-premises storage device located at each of the user facilities which is connected through Egnyte's Storage Sync product to the cloud. Content stored in a public cloud is synchronized through Egnyte to this on-premises storage. As a result, access to content is real-time and reliable. Users based in different locations can collaborate on their content while maintaining version control and having access to the most recent content.

Large, unwieldy files aren't the only concern of companies with hybrid model enterprise file sync and share needs. Additional considerations include regulatory or compliance requirements, or business continuity requirements that ensure the organization can function if internet connectivity is disrupted.

Companies that are interested in a hybrid model want:

  • The cloud as a file server for a portion of their corporate data
  • Collaboration on sensitive files with strong IT control and administration
  • On-premises storage seamlessly synchronizing with cloud storage
  • A single location to view, manage, and access on-premises and cloud data

Visualizing the architecture

The following diagram illustrates a hybrid storage solution using Cloud Storage and Egnyte Connect.

Diagram showing Cloud Storage and Egnyte Connect


  • Create a Cloud Storage bucket for Egnyte Connect to use.
  • Create a service account.
  • Create an Egnyte Connect trial account.
  • Connect the Cloud Storage bucket to Egnyte Connect.


There is no additional charge for customers to download the app that integrates Egnyte Connect to a new or existing Cloud Storage account, but you must have paid subscriptions to both Egnyte Connect and Cloud Storage before you start your integration.

Egnyte is typically priced as a software as a service (SaaS) solution, with monthly per user subscriptions starting at $8. For more information on Egnyte Connect pricing, visit the Egnyte website.

When you finish this tutorial, you can avoid continued billing by deleting the resources you created. For more information, see Clean up.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud account. If you're new to Google Cloud, create an account to evaluate how our products perform in real-world scenarios. New customers also get $300 in free credits to run, test, and deploy workloads.
  2. In the Google Cloud console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to check if billing is enabled on a project.

  4. In the Google Cloud console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  5. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to check if billing is enabled on a project.

Deploying the architecture

This section walks you through getting a trial Egnyte account and setting it up, creating a new storage bucket and service account in Cloud Storage, and integrating the two products.

If you are already use Cloud Storage, you can get started by creating an Egnyte Connect trial account to use with Cloud Storage. If you are already an Egnyte customer who is interested in using Cloud Storage, contact Egnyte customer support to proceed.

Set up a Cloud Storage bucket

  1. In the console, go to the Cloud Storage Browser page.

    Go to Browser

  2. Click Create bucket.
  3. On the Create a bucket page, enter your bucket information. To go to the next step, click Continue.
    • For Name your bucket, enter a name that meets the bucket naming requirements.
    • For Choose where to store your data, do the following:
      • Select a Location type option.
      • Select a Location option.
    • For Choose a default storage class for your data, select a storage class.
    • For Choose how to control access to objects, select an Access control option.
    • For Advanced settings (optional), specify an encryption method, a retention policy, or bucket labels.
  4. Click Create.

Set up a service account

  1. Create a service account:

    1. In the console, go to the Create service account page.

      Go to Create service account
    2. Select your project.
    3. In the Service account name field, enter a name. The console fills in the Service account ID field based on this name.

      In the Service account description field, enter a description. For example, Service account for quickstart.

    4. Click Create and continue.
    5. To provide access to your project, grant the following role(s) to your service account: Project > Owner.

      In the Select a role list, select a role.

      For additional roles, click Add another role and add each additional role.

    6. Click Continue.
    7. Click Done to finish creating the service account.

      Do not close your browser window. You will use it in the next step.

  2. Create a service account key:

    1. In the console, click the email address for the service account that you created.
    2. Click Keys.
    3. Click Add key, and then click Create new key.
    4. Click Create. A JSON key file is downloaded to your computer.
    5. Click Close.

Create an Egnyte Connect trial account

  1. Go to the Egnyte Free Trial page to create an Egnyte Connect trial account.
  2. Activate your new account by email.

Configure Egnyte and Cloud Storage

  1. Log into your Egnyte Connect account. The first time you log in, you are prompted to configure your Cloud Storage settings. This is a mandatory step that must be completed before you can begin using Egnyte Connect.

  2. Click Go to Google Configuration.


    The Storage Provider section in your account's settings opens. You can find this section under Settings > Configuration > Security & Authentication.

  3. Enter the storage bucket name and private key from Cloud Storage that you created earlier.

  4. Click Save. A checkmark next to the Saved button displays if your Cloud Storage settings were accepted:


You're ready to begin using Egnyte Connect. Check out the Egnyte Getting Started guide for some useful resources to kickstart your trial.

Reviewing security features

Egnyte takes a holistic view of account security and breaks it down into four components: user, device, content, and network security.

User security

Egnyte ensures strict user and login enforcement, including SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On (SSO), Active Directory, and two-factor authentication. Additional user security comes from subfolder permissions, minimum password length and strength, password rotation, password history, account lockout, and more to ensure that only users with the right credentials can access data.

User security components:

  • Active Directory integration
  • Google Single Sign-on Using OpenID, Active Directory Two-Factor Authentication
  • Read/Write/Delete/Owner folder
  • Subfolder permissions
  • Guest access roles
  • Password rotation
  • Minimum password length and strength

Device security

The rapid increase in mobile usage has enabled significant productivity gains, but it has also created potential security concerns. To address these concerns, Egnyte Connect features a comprehensive set of tools specifically for mobile users.

Egnyte delivers additional options including mandatory passcodes, idle-timeout settings, and automatic file wipe after a set number of incorrect passcode attempts. Admins can also control whether files can be downloaded for offline access, and if a device is stolen, the employee or admin can remotely wipe the offline files in the Egnyte application.

Additional security features include local encryption and certificate-based device trust, so only authorized devices are allowed to access files.

Device security components include:

  • Passcode use enforcement
  • 256-bit AES on-device encryption
  • Remote-wipe for mobile & desktop clients
  • Trusted device
  • Offline file access controls
  • Automatic offline file expiry

Content security

Protecting files when they are at-rest sitting on a hard drive is as important as when they are being accessed. Egnyte Connect addresses this by using 256-bit AES encryption and storing the encryption key in a secure key vault in a completely separate, decoupled database. In addition, multiple domains can be used, each with unique encryption keys to further isolate and protect content. And for greater security, Egnyte can be configured so that files and metadata reside and can be accessed only on-premises and never touch the cloud.

Content that is stored at-rest in Google Apps storage accounts is encrypted using the same standards as other documents stored in Google Drive.

Content security components include:

  • Tier III SSAE 16 compliant data centers
  • Data center redundancy
  • Crypto-shredding of deleted files
  • Physical premises and rack security
  • Network redundancy
  • Available customer-managed encryption key solutions

Network security

Egnyte takes a multi-layered approach to network security. First, data is encoded during transmission using 256-bit AES encryption. ICSA-certified firewalls are deployed to police the traffic between the public networks and Egnyte's data center servers. SSL encryption and a network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to monitor and block hackers, worms, phishing, and other infiltration methods are also incorporated.

Egnyte network security details include:

  • 256-bit AES encryption in transit
  • Network Intrusion Prevention System
  • ICSA-certified firewalls
  • Third-party security audits
  • Real-time network monitoring
  • Network security experts on staff

Clean up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud account for the resources used in this tutorial, either delete the project that contains the resources, or keep the project and delete the individual resources.

Delete the project

  1. In the console, go to the Manage resources page.

    Go to Manage resources

  2. In the project list, select the project that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
  3. In the dialog, type the project ID, and then click Shut down to delete the project.

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