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6 Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About File Storage

From Jyn stealing the Death Star plans by pulling a tape from a robotic library to Leia sharing the plans with R2-D2 on a CD, there’s a lot about file storage Star Wars didn’t get right.

Here are 6 things the Star Wars universe teaches us about file sharing, data protection, and disaster recovery. And how Nasuni and cloud storage would have been the perfect solution.

1. Prevent file server "out of space" issues.

Was that dot-pixel Death Star design really the best the Empire could do? No wonder they missed the exhaust port vulnerability. But that’s what happens when you don’t have enough space to store those big Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk, SOLIDWORKS, and Office files. With Nasuni and the cloud, they’d have had infinite capacity for higher-res designs.

2. Eliminate tape-based file backup and strengthen security.

Jyn could never have stolen the Death Star plans from that robotic tape archive with Nasuni Continuous File Versioning™ and cloud storage. Traditional file backup is eliminated. All files and file versions are encrypted in transit and at rest. And the cloud providers are better at security than both the Rebels and the Empire.

3. Enable file collaboration across all locations.

A project as big as the Death Star surely required design collaboration across many sites. But production delays were rampant, and that didn’t sit well with Darth Vader. Nasuni’s global file system would have given everyone working on the Death Star project access to the same files without transfer delays or version conflicts. So they could hit their deadlines. And avoid death grips.

4. Make IT budgets go farther.

Qui-Gon Jinn didn’t have enough money to buy Watto’s T-14 Hyperdrive Generator. But he would have if the Republic used Nasuni and cloud object storage. It costs 60% less than traditional NAS, backup, replication, MPLS, WAN acceleration, and DR infrastructure.

5. Ensure file data is available through any disaster.

All those file servers lost when the Death Star blew up Alderaan? They could have been recreated in minutes in other locations with Nasuni’s global file system and cloud object storage.

6. Reduce hardware purchases.

The Star Wars universe runs on robotic libraries, disk drives, CDs, and tapes. Their IT pros must not have heard of Nasuni. Running on top of cloud storage from Azure, IBM Cloud, Amazon, or Dell EMC, Nasuni’s global file system eliminates the cost, complexity, and security challenges of buying file storage, upgrading file servers, replicating NAS devices, and maintaining backup gear.