Today we announced the latest release of our flagship hybrid cloud solution – full press release here. Officially, it’s called Nasuni 7.10. Internally, it was called “Guitar Hero.” Every release since Nasuni 1.0 has been code-named after a video game, with the first letter incremented alphabetically to match the major version number. As the last major update to the Nasuni 7.x platform, Guitar Hero will be the last of our “G” code names.
So what’s new in Nasuni 7.10? A lot. It’s no secret the Nasuni customer base is evolving to include the world’s largest enterprises, all of whom are looking to object storage and Nasuni to modernize their legacy NAS, file server, backup, and disaster recovery infrastructures and power a new era of global file collaboration. TechTarget’s recent interview with our CEO discussed this at length.
That’s why we focused this update on delivering the scalability, security, quality, and manageability enhancements our customers need to deploy Nasuni for their most demanding unstructured data management use cases.
Here’s a sampling of what’s new in the latest Nasuni release:
- Faster multi-site file propagation. Unstructured data snapshots are now processed in small directory “shards” instead of entire volumes. With this patented technology, shards can be processed in parallel, reducing snapshot processing time, enabling data to be propagated across Nasuni Edge Appliances more quickly, and giving users in different locations faster access to shared files.
- Scalable virtual machine (VM) caches. Nasuni Edge Appliance VMs that cache active files on-premises now span multiple local storage devices, enabling customers to create file servers that are as big as their virtual infrastructures allow.
- RESTful Management API. The first release of the management API provides programmatic access to information about volumes, Nasuni Edge Appliances, and notifications for workflow automation, business unit chargeback, and data analysis. The next release of the API will extend this read-only support with scriptable provisioning and configuration.
- LDAP support. Adding to the existing support for Active Directory, LDAP can now be used to authenticate users who are connecting to Nasuni Edge Appliances for on-premises access to file shares and group directories.
- Azure Government validation. Nasuni now works with Microsoft’s cloud service for US government agencies and their partners, and is available as a technical preview for evaluations.
- API support for third party audit solutions. Enterprises that need to guard against malicious file attacks and comply with audits will be able to use Nasuni with Varonis and other third party auditing solutions once their integrations with Nasuni’s Audit API are released.
- NFSv4 encrypted connections. Files and metadata shared by Nasuni Edge Appliances across local networks using the popular NFS protocol can now be encrypted, making on-premises access to shared files even more secure.
- Improved handling of legacy Windows permissions. New volume-level permission policies enable legacy Windows Security Identifiers (SIDs) from previously acquired companies or older departments to be quickly processed to accelerate cloud migrations and Nasuni deployments.
- Cross-region redundant global file lock servers. Nasuni Global File Lock™, the scalable cloud service that permits one author at a time to edit a file across all locations, now offers protection against regional service disruptions. Cross-region replication with failover in less than 3 minutes enables a lock server in another Amazon region to resume the service.
We’re already hard at work on the next Nasuni release, code-named “Halo.” Our customers will be getting a sneak preview on Halo’s contents in a special customers-only webinar in January. If you want to know what’s coming in this version and what else is on our roadmap, email me at fpinkett [at] nasuni.com or use the contact form and we’ll schedule a separate briefing with myself or another one of our Product Managers.