Storage Consolidation

Storage consolidation promises simplified management, lower costs and better data protection, but it comes at the cost of performance at the edge. Nasuni combines centralized storage with distributed caches to consolidate management, but also distribute access for the ideal solution.

Challenge

Storage sprawl is a major challenge for IT teams – especially in the distributed enterprise with infrastructure spread across the globe. As offices grow and expand, you are forced to add storage and upgrade systems – often without having anyone local to help. Storage consolidation into the data center simplifies management and lowers the overall cost. However, the risk is losing the quality of service to which your users have become accustomed and pushing them towards consumer-built shadow IT solutions. Can global storage really be effectively delivered from a single data center?

The Nasuni Solution

The Nasuni storage consolidation solution combines distributed access with centralized control – providing the benefits of both centralized and distributed storage. Local Nasuni Filers cache frequently accessed data and provide local performance, while cloud storage, and its many data centers, act as the central hub. The Nasuni Management Console layers on top of all of this and provides storage administrators the ability to manage the entire system from a single console – no matter how far flung the offices are.

“With Nasuni, everyone now has local access to all of their files and IT still has centralized control because we’re able to deploy Nasuni Filers in every office for local performance and manage them from HQ. It doesn’t matter if it is two locations or twenty because they are all managed the same.”

— Sandy Bodell, Vice President of Information Technology

Results

Distributed Access with Centralized Control - Nasuni Filers are deployed anywhere an enterprise needs local storage and backup, ensuring high performance in every data center, branch and remote office. These appliances cache the most frequently accessed and critical data to deliver NAS and SAN storage in each location for users and applications. Each Filer is connected to a shared pool of cloud storage that is fully managed using the Nasuni Management Console. IT can administer data volumes, Filers, and local connectivity from a single console so that management is simplified and streamlined.

Unlimited Scaling - Nasuni Filers are sophisticated caching devices that present the entire file system, but use their local storage to serve up the most recently accessed and pinned files. Combined with the infinite storage space in the cloud, the Nasuni solution can scale regardless of how fast your organization and its data are growing, without requiring frequent additional hardware purchases. Nasuni’s patented UniFS file system has no scaling limits and does not degrade as the object counts or terabytes increase. Whether the system is 10TB, 100TB or 10PB, it is available through every Filer – regardless of size or local hardware. This is how storage consolidation should work.

Cost Savings - Unlike other consolidation solutions which advocate repurposing hardware investments and investing in new technologies like WAN optimization, Nasuni transitions the entire storage expense into an annual service. Rather than bumpy CAPEX investments, Customers purchase capacity on-demand with minimal hardware investment. Bringing cloud-scale costs to the enterprise enables Nasuni customers to move away from expensive storage towards a lower cost storage service.

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