Files are the fastest growing type of data in the world. The traditional NAS, file server, archive, backup, and disaster recovery solutions used to store, protect, and share unstructured file data can no longer keep pace. As a result, IT cost and complexity are increasing, and digital transformation, efficiency, growth, M&A, compliance, mobility, and globalization objectives are not being met.
Cloud object storage is the disruptive new technology that can offer more scalable file storage at much lower cost. But just like disk-based file systems were needed to make block storage usable for storing files, an object-storage based file system is needed to make object storage usable for storing files.
Nasuni has developed and patented the first object storage-based global file system. Nasuni UniFS® is now being delivered as part of the Nasuni Cloud File Services™ platform to help enterprises overcome their unstructured data growth challenges, reduce IT cost and complexity, and meet strategic business and digital transformation objectives.
Nasuni Cloud File Services™ is a software-defined platform that consolidates Network Attached Storage (NAS), distributed file servers, data protection, instant recovery, file archiving, multi-site file synchronization, and global file locking in one simple, scalable solution that spans the data center and the cloud. Together with public or private cloud object storage, it is the modern way to store, protect, synchronize, and collaborate on unstructured file data. Nasuni – short for “NAS Unified” – is basically better NAS, at half the cost.
The Nasuni platform is made up of standard and premium services that can be licensed stand-alone or together:
At the heart of the Nasuni platform is Nasuni UniFS®, the first file system designed for the "new disk" - public or private cloud object storage such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure blob storage, Dell EMC ECS, Google Cloud Storage, Hitachi object storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and Western Digital HGST. Freed from the constraints of legacy disk-based file systems, Nasuni's patented global file system has no limits on file size, file type, number of files, or volume size.
UniFS also has the unique ability to extend itself anywhere high performance file access is needed using Nasuni Edge Appliances, which cache just the actively used files and their associated metadata from object storage, and support the same standard CIFS and NFS file sharing protocols as traditional NAS. By replacing full-sized file servers and NAS devices with virtual or physical Nasuni Edge Appliances that are just big enough to cache the active files, fast file access can be provided in all locations at a fraction of the cost. Nasuni's unique "cache from cloud" architecture offers unlimited primary and archive file storage capacity, continuous file versioning, instant recoveries, easy DR, fast file synchronization across sites, and global file locking.
Nasuni is also the first platform that correlates what you pay with the value of your data, so you never have to move data again. As your NASUNI PRIMARY files age and become inactive, they become reclassified as NASUNI ARCHIVE, so you simply pay less, without having to move the inactive data to lower cost tiers of storage.
Nasuni can be deployed fully on-premises using private cloud object storage, fully in the cloud with edge appliance VMs in Azure or AWS, or, most commonly, as a hybrid cloud solution using public cloud object storage and on-premises edge appliances.
Nasuni aligns business and IT objectives with powerful benefits for both.
For IT, Nasuni reduces file infrastructure TCO by an average of 60%, while freeing administrators from the traditional pains of unstructured data management. Nasuni enables IT to:
For lines of business, Nasuni boosts workforce productivity and ensures business continuity. Nasuni enables business users to: