Files are the fastest growing type of data in the world. Traditional tools and processes used to store, protect, access, and manage unstructured file data cannot keep pace. IT cost and complexity are increasing. Digital transformation, efficiency, growth, M&A, compliance, mobility, and globalization objectives are not being met.
Nasuni enables customers to solve the enterprise file growth challenge, reduce IT cost and complexity, and meet strategic business and digital transformation objectives.
Nasuni is a cloud-scale enterprise file services platform that integrates and surpasses the capabilities of traditional Network Attached Storage (NAS), backup, archive, remote office replication, disaster recovery, and mobile file access tools with one hybrid cloud solution. Nasuni – short for “NAS Unified” – is the modern, infinitely scalable way to store, protect, access, and manage file data.
Nasuni built the world’s first cloud-native file system, UniFS®, which lives and scales inside Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and other leading private and public clouds. The Nasuni platform extends UniFS® on-premises with edge appliances that appear like ordinary NAS to provide secure, high-performance access to frequently accessed files.
Nasuni’s hybrid cloud architecture delivers:
Nasuni is ideally suited for global or distributed enterprises with multiple offices and significant unstructured data growth. In combination with object storage, our cloud-native file system, UniFS®, is designed to store, protect and extend access to an unlimited number of files of any size, type or complexity. As a result, Nasuni has proven successful across multiple industries. Our clients include leaders in Advertising, Architecture, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Real Estate, Heavy Equipment, Music Publishing and more.
UniFS® stores, protects and extends access to unstructured data of all types – Office files, CAD/CAM, Adobe creative content, medical images, high-resolution video, LIDAR imagery, GIS data and more.
No. UniFS® was designed to leverage the unlimited scale of the cloud, so there is no limit to the number of files. Still, all data is chunked, compressed and deduplicated before being sent to the cloud to ensure that enterprises aren’t paying for unnecessary storage or bandwidth.
Yes. Because of UniFS®’s intelligent caching algorithms, frequently accessed files almost always remain in local edge appliances. Our cache has a success rate of 98.5%.
Since Nasuni caches files locally and preserves familiar drives, directory structures and shares, end users often fail to notice when IT completes the cutover. The exceptions are employees in small offices and remote locations, who typically find that file access accelerates.
Nasuni supports Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and other leading private and public clouds.
Yes, and in some ways more so. UniFS® chunks, deduplicates, compresses and encrypts all unstructured data and metadata. Data is encrypted with customer-controlled keys, which means neither Nasuni nor the cloud provider can read those files. Nasuni Edge Appliances join Active Directory, so all existing access controls and users are maintained.
Nasuni integrates with Active Directory and LDAP for authentication, and provides access via SMB/CIFS, NFS, FTP and other standard protocols. End users access their files, directories and shares the same way they always have. That familiar “N” or “Z” drive appears unchanged, but on the backend, it syncs with the unlimited cloud.
Because of continuous versioning, in which changes to files are constantly streamed to a secure cloud volume, Nasuni allows enterprises impacted by Ransomware to roll back to and restore previous versions of files and directories. There is no limit here, either. One of our clients recovered from a Ransomware attack that infected 62,000 files.
There is no seal or stamp of approval that certifies HIPAA compliance for technology products, but Nasuni and its cloud storage partners provide file storage and file services that satisfy the needs of organizations operating under the strict standards laid forth by HIPAA and other applicable regulations.
No. All files and metadata are encrypted with customer-controlled keys before they leave the security perimeter of your company. Since neither Nasuni nor the cloud provider have access to these encryption keys, neither one of us can read your files. Nasuni also takes additional steps to protect your data, including only transmitting data over secure connections.
Nasuni is licensed as a subscription based on total primary storage under management. There is no limit to the number of locations or the number of users accessing files. Virtual edge appliances are included, while hardware edge appliances can be purchased.
Because Nasuni allows unstructured data to scale in the cloud, the total volume is independent of the size or capacity of local hardware. Storage is no longer a capital expense demanding cyclical hardware refreshes and forklift upgrades. Storage becomes a service, an operating expenditure that enterprises can dial up or down on demand, as storage needs change.
That depends on the total storage under management and the needs at each location, but generally our clients save 40-60% on their total file storage costs.
Nasuni reduces file storage costs by eliminating expensive hardware refreshes, reducing the number of point solutions enterprises are forced to rely on today and getting rid of expensive, time-consuming solutions like separate backup, separate DR, WAN acceleration and replication.
Most of our customers end up saving 40-60% on their total file storage, protection and access costs. The savings comes from converting storage from a labor-intensive capital expense to an on-demand service, eliminating the need for backup and other solutions, reducing WAN optimization/acceleration costs and more.
No. Nasuni was built to scale without limitations. Enterprises can extend file storage, protection and high-performance access to an unlimited number of users and locations at no added costs.
Typically Nasuni replaces Dell EMC Isilon, NetApp and other on-premises storage solutions that are costly, complex and fail to scale at enterprise level.
UniFS®. Because of UniFS®, the industry’s first cloud-native file system, Nasuni is the only solution that can truly deliver enterprise file services at cloud scale. While some competitive solutions appear to offer the same benefits, they fail to scale beyond a handful of office locations. Nasuni is designed to manage all file workloads across an unlimited number of locations and users. The cloud has no practical limits, and neither does our cloud-native file system.
If you have a large number of mobile workers who need to access a limited number of small files, or a limited number of end users who need to collaborate within relatively simple applications, file sync and share products like Dropbox and Box will do the job. But Nasuni is designed to replace these products when you have privacy and security concerns, longer data retention requirements, data provenance requirements, complex file workloads and extensive cross-site collaboration.
Generally, cloud gateways are one-to-one links between a specific location and the cloud. Nasuni is designed to unify an unlimited number of locations and users under one unlimited, cloud-scale file system. Not to mention that we enhance data protection, extend fast access to remote sites, boost cross-site collaboration, extend secure access to mobile users and simplify management of the entire global IT infrastructure.
Gateways can’t do all that.
Yes. Our breakthrough approach to data protection continuously takes any new or changed data, then chunks, deduplicates, compresses and encrypts this data before pushing it to the cloud. The cloud effectively serves as a constantly-updated backup target. Nasuni allows for an unlimited version history in the cloud, and all data is stored in multiple georedundant locations.
In short, Nasuni replaces backup with something much better.
DR is another built-in capability of Nasuni’s cloud-native architecture. In the event of a power outage, a major disaster or the failure of an edge appliance, a new appliance can be pointed to the cloud object store from any location with power and connectivity. IT can launch this new appliance and restore access to files within 15 minutes. Some of our clients also maintain stand-by appliances for warm fail-over in case of a DR event, which is much simpler than legacy solutions requiring an entire duplicate infrastructure.