Enterprises focused on improving data center efficiency and agility are adopting HPE Nimble Storage arrays for structured data (block) workloads. However, these customers must also address another critical business need: how to manage the steady growth in the volume and size of unstructured file data, which is growing much faster than block data. Nasuni and HPE Nimble Storage flash or hybrid arrays are the answer to the file and block storage challenge.
HPE Nimble Storage brings advanced performance to database applications and other block storage workloads. But trying to use HPE Nimble Storage for unstructured file data that is growing exponentially wastes flash-optimized resources. The solution is to store file data in a more efficient and cost-effective way, without sacrificing ease of access. Nasuni enterprise file services, in conjunction with cloud object storage, is the best way to offload file data from HPE Nimble Storage arrays. By extending the life and capacity of HPE Nimble Storage block storage, they can be used on more of the high-performance block workloads for which they were designed.
Nasuni Edge Appliances are stateless, on-premises caches that provide NAS-level access to active files through standard CIFS and NFS protocols. When Nasuni Edge Appliances are deployed as virtual machines, HPE Nimble Storage can be used as the Edge Appliance storage. Nasuni stores the “gold copies” of all files in your preferred cloud object storage provider, and stores only the frequently accessed files on the local HPE Nimble Storage arrays. Nasuni’s efficient use of HPE Nimble Storage is ideal for high performance file use cases such as video editing, Internet of Things (IoT) machine data analysis, CAD, and creative content design and collaboration.