Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Store, Protect, and Collaborate on Enterprise Files with Nasuni on AWS

Your ability to achieve digital transformation depends on an effective cloud strategy. Whether you are pursuing a hybrid cloud or cloud-only approach, you need to be able to store, protect, and share unstructured file data in a way that ensures business agility and controls costs. The combination of Nasuni Cloud File Services and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) does both, while delivering the high performance file access and security of traditional NAS and file server infrastructure.

Maximize the Cloud’s Full Potential

The limitless capacity, durability, and availability of Amazon S3. The edge performance and application compatibility of traditional NAS and file servers. The groundbreaking multi-site file synchronization and collaboration capabilities of Nasuni’s patented UniFS® global file system. You get the best of all worlds with Nasuni and AWS in one scalable, cost-effective solution.

A Smart Solution for Managing Unstructured Data Across On-Premises and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Environments

UniFS is the first file system that can reside fully in Amazon S3, yet extend on-premises using Nasuni Edge Appliances.

Each virtual or hardware appliance acts like a full-sized file server or NAS device, presenting CIFS and NFS shares to your users and applications. Except, by sizing each appliance to cache only the active files, your on-premises storage footprint is greatly reduced.

Intelligent caching yields an average hit rate of 99% to minimize data egress charges. It’s the smart hybrid cloud NAS solution.

Or Go "Cloud-Only" to Eliminate On-Premises Infrastructure

Is your network bandwidth sufficient to access primary or archive files directly in the cloud? Then implement Nasuni entirely in AWS.

Virtual Nasuni Edge Appliances can run as Amazon EC2 instances, enabling you to spin up as many as you need to provide fast file access to your users and apps.

Whether you choose a hybrid cloud or full cloud deployment, Nasuni’s ability to span cloud, data center, and remote offices gives your users limitless capacity for home drives, group shares, and project directories, while freeing your IT team from legacy file backup, DR, replication, remote access, NAS migration, and file server upgrade pains.

An AWS Well-Architected Solution

Nasuni Cloud File Services is designed in accordance with the AWS Well-Architected framework, while helps customers and ISV partners build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure solutions. The Nasuni Operations Center (NOC), which acts as the control path for Nasuni, separate from the data path that writes data to and reads data from Amazon S3, is fully implemented using the following AWS services.

  • AWS Elastic Load Balancing
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Amazon Simple Email Service (SES)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon Lambda and Amazon API
  • AWS CloudFormation

Clear Benefits and Fast ROI

Nasuni and AWS offer many advantages over traditional file infrastructure:

  • Industry-leading recovery points and recovery times
  • DR anywhere you have power and bandwidth
  • Pay-as-you-grow flexibility
  • Simple, centralized management
  • Unlimited primary and archive file storage capacity on-demand
  • High performance file access in any location
  • High performance file synchronization
  • File collaboration without version conflict

Transformational Capability: Global File Synchronization

Nasuni and AWS deliver a key digital transformation capability not available with traditional NAS and file servers – the ability to share files across any number of locations. The Nasuni platform uses Amazon S3 as the one true source of all files, then keeps active files synchronized on edge appliances so everyone in every office is always working on the latest version. It’s like having one massive global file server.

Global Collaboration, Too

Nasuni with Amazon S3 offers another digital transformation capability not found anywhere else – global file lock.

Implemented as a scalable cloud service instead of tied to a single NAS controller or cluster, Nasuni Global File Lock ensures only one person in the world can edit a file at a time, helping minimize version conflict and productivity loss.

Resources to Further Your Knowledge

White Paper: What is a Cloud-Era File System
e-Guide: Cloud Storage as Secure as Traditional Data Center Storage
Data Sheet: Nasuni Cloud File Services

Nasuni Makes AWS Suited for All File Workloads

Object storage can be the more scalable, cost-effective alternative to legacy file storage. But it needs a file system to exploit these advantages. The first global file system designed to scale inside object storage, Nasuni UniFS brings all the capabilities of traditional NAS, file server, and archiving technologies to Amazon S3.

Object storage – Massively distributed with limitless scale.

Object storage – Massively distributed with limitless scale.

Global File System - Files and metadata stored natively in object storage, familiar hierarchical directory/folder structure presented to apps and users.

CIFS, NFS Protocol Support - Broad application compatibility; no need to rewrite apps and scripts to use object storage interface.

Edge Appliances - High performance, cached access to active files in all locations.

Active Directory and LDAP Integration - Leverage existing authentication policies for file access.

Multi-Site File Synchronization – Synchronize file fragments as they change across all locations at high-speed without using or impacting private WAN bandwidth

Global Volume Manager – Patented technology that allows coordination of file system changes on shared volumes across multiple locations.

Global File Lock – Patent-pending service enabling multi-site file collaboration without version conflict by allowing only one worldwide editor.

Continuous File Versioning – Capture tiny fragments of files as they change and store unlimited version history for breakthrough RPO/RTO.

Rapid Disaster Recovery – Restore fast access to files in any location that has a connection to the object storage – typically in less than 15 minutes – without a dedicated DR site.

Centralized Management – Remotely manage caching appliances, volumes, protocols, shares, versioning, and recoveries – individually or as a collection - from a single interface

Built-in Security – Encrypt files with customer-controlled AES encryption keys before storing files in object storage.

Integrated File Auditing and Intrusion Detection – Leverage Varonis Data Security Platform to detect malware, privilege elevation, and more.

Compression and De-duplication – Reduce amount of object storage capacity needed to store all enterprise files by an average of 60%.