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Scale Unstructured Data in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Nasuni

Nasuni is a winner of Microsoft’s Global Azure ISV Partner of the Year award for helping enterprises store, protect, archive, share, and collaborate on rapidly growing file data using Azure object storage.

Nasuni Makes Azure 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 patented UniFS brings all the capabilities of traditional NAS, file server, and archiving technologies to Azure.

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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.

Nasuni Global File Lock® – Patented technology 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%.

“Moving our 3D tomography images to the Nasuni/Azure platform has protected our capital budget from large and lengthy storage procurement requests every two to three years. We estimate we saved about $1.3 million in storage costs in the first year alone.”

R. Todd Thomas, CIO, Austin Radiological Association
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Transformational Capability: Global File Synchronization

Nasuni and Azure 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 Azure 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 Azure offers another digital transformation capability not found anywhere else – Nasuni 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.

Nasuni and Windows Virtual Desktop Integration

Nasuni consolidates all file data in scalable, secure Azure Blob Storage. In each Azure region that is hosting Windows Virtual Desktop, small footprint virtual machines — Nasuni Edge Appliances — cache just the frequently used files. Since the Windows Virtual Desktop instances are close to the files, end-users enjoy high-performance, LAN-speed file access.

Need to Migrate Large Quantities of Data Quickly?

Ready to migrate large quantities of file data to Azure quickly?  Adding new sites or locations to your Global File System?   Simply use Azure Data Box with Nasuni to move all your unstructured file data into the Nasuni Cloud File System on top of Azure Blob Storage.  Data Box and Data Box Heavy allow you to move TB’s and PB’s of data easily and efficiently without consuming your WAN bandwidth for months.  Azure Data Box is the fastest way to get on-prem NAS data into the Nasuni Cloud File System and start leveraging true multi-site collaboration with complete file protection.

Nasuni initial bulk transfer with Azure Data Box or Data Box Heavy

Our customers love the combination.

These featured customers are reaping the benefits of Nasuni on Azure.

Field museum

The world’s leading natural history museum is digitizing its artifacts and preserving the record of life on earth.

Faith regional health services

A Nebraska hospital is expanding cardiology services, mitigating Ransomware, and protecting patient data from tornadoes.

API Group, Inc

A leading specialty construction firm is collaborating on CAD files with greater speed and simplicity and growing through M&A.