Certain functionality in Workspace ONE UEM powered by AirWatch uses a dedicated file storage service to handle processing and downloads, which reduces the overall burden on the database and improves performance. Configuring file storage manually is only applicable to on-premises customers. It is configured automatically for SaaS customers.

It also includes certain reports, internal application deployment, and Workspace ONE UEM-managed content. When you enable file storage for any of these functionalities, it is applied to the others automatically. Setting up file storage causes all reports, all internal applications, and all managed content to be stored there.

Workspace ONE UEM Reports

As of console version 9.0.2, three new reports were added that appear the same as existing reports but use a revamped back-end framework. This new framework generates reports with greater reliability and faster download times. To take advantage of these benefits, you must set up file storage.

For more information about the new reports, see Workspace ONE UEM Reports Overview.

Internal Applications

When file storage is enabled, all internal application packages that you upload through the UEM console are stored in a file storage location.

File storage is required to deploy Win32 applications (IPA, PAK, APPX, MSI, EXE, and so on) and macOS applications (DMG, PKG, MPKG, and so on) from the Apps & Books area of the UEM console. This feature is called software distribution.

For more information about software distribution for Win32, see Distribution of Win32 Applications.

For more information about software distribution for macOS, see Software Distribution and Management.

Workspace ONE UEM Managed Content

You can separate the managed content from the Workspace ONE UEM database by storing it in a dedicated file storage location. Uploading large amounts of managed content might cause issues with database performance. In this case, on-premises customers can free up space in the database by moving the managed content to an integrated local file storage solution.

For more information about the managed content, see AirWatch Managed Content Repository .