Nasuni is an enterprise storage company that provides global organizations with a powerful, unified storage service. By combining on-premises hardware and software with cloud storage, Nasuni delivers a secure data storage solution that provides high performance for users, simplified and centralized management for IT, and an easily scalable, complete storage service for the global enterprise.
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My name is Andres Rodriguez, and I am the CEO of Nasuni. In the next few minutes, I want to introduce you to our company and our technology. I want to show you what our customers are doing with Nasuni and how it helps them address the biggest problems around files: the problems of scale, the problems of data protection, and the problems of how to access files across multiple locations and from mobile devices. Nasuni caters to a wide array of customers. We have hundreds of customers worldwide across many different verticals. Essentially, where there are files, there is file pain, and Nasuni caters to all file pain. We have customers in verticals like constructions, such as the Walsh group. ARA is medical imaging. Perkins+Will is an architecture firm. KKR is financial services. TBWA is a large media company. What’s common across all of these clients is that they have files, and, because of that, they have backup problems. They have scale problems, or they have file access problems. We cater to all of them.
The company has been in business for seven-plus years. We have more than eight petabytes under management, billions of files, 200-plus clients all over the world, and we’re a Microsoft ISB partner. We’re adding 100 terabytes a week. That’s over 30 million files and 25 write logs as we synchronize files globally for our clients. In seven-plus years of production, UniFS, our file system technology, has never suffered a single corruption event; not a single file or a version of a file has ever been corrupted in UniFS.
What are the pain points around files? First of all, scale — anything that has to do with files, it’s about scale. Files are typically growing 35%, 45% year of year. That creates a huge overload on backup streams, on the network, and the very storage arrays where the files are being stored. Data protection also is affected by scale, by the number of locations where you’re trying to protect the files as well. If you add to that the complexity of disaster recovery and thinking about second and third sites — especially when you’re talking about the bulk storage of having lots and lots of files — it can get very, very complex, and prospects are definitely looking to the cloud to simplify their backup and DR around file systems. And finally, access — the world is large, and people expect high-performance access to all of their files no matter where they are. It could be from a mobile location, or it could be across multiple sites around the world.
Traditional infrastructure is expensive, and it’s complex. It’s not just the primary arrays where you’re keeping your files. It’s all of the ancillary systems that you need to protect and to provide access to those files. So you’re talking about backup systems, DR facilities, and, of course, the new expectations that people should be able to access their files via mobile devices. When you take that and you apply it across many, many sites where those files are needed, the level of complexity becomes completely unmanageable. Nasuni simplifies all this by putting all of the actual file storage at a core that is stable and scalable and can be reached from any location where the file access is needed. At those locations, we provide our clients with a mixture of high-performance, dedicated appliances, virtual machines, and mobile access. That means that clients can access an authoritative, single version of their files from anywhere at any level of performance and through any protocol: NFS, CVS, and, of course, the mobile platforms as well. The benefit of this approach is that, by synchronizing to the core, you not only get data protection, but you get file access to the same files from any location.
So let’s talk about the properties of the UniFS technology. First of all, we provide unlimited scalability. This means that, after our system is deployed at a client, the capacity all comes through the cloud core. That allows us to go from a handful of terabytes to hundreds of terabytes without having to change any of the infrastructure of the data centers where our clients are actually accessing the files. There are no limits on numbers of files. You can go from a couple million files to a billion files without having to reformat any of your environment. And, finally, all of this is inclusive in a capacity-based, usable terabyte licensing fee. It’s yearly contracts, and they’re only based on the usable capacity, not on how many snapshots or versions of the file system you’re keeping and not on how many locations you expect that you’re going to be using those files from, so very, very easy budget how much you’re going to be needing for your file storage.
Data protection is built into the system. That means we provide infinite snapshots, an infinite snapshot stream that is immutable from which you can restore immediately a file, a directory structure, or a complete file system. The backend of the system is always georedundant. That means that no single data center failure can actually cause a durability event or a data loss event of the system. And, finally, data — disaster recovery is integrated into the system by essentially being able to resynchronize back to the score. Any one site can become a DR second site in your environment.
Access anywhere — this is the great expectation of the last five years in storage. People expect to have a global file system and to be able to access files from any location, any device, and at any level of performance. We enable that. You can have multiple controllers at multiple sites and enable a level of collaboration that hasn’t been possible before. All of this is available through a centrally managed interface that gives you absolute visibility and control over your entire file environment. Nasuni also offers native mobile support with apps that run in iOS and Android and give end users access to the same files, the same corporate files that they can see when they’re in their office in the data centers. This eliminates the need to have a dedicated, separate mobile platform, which causes headaches because files are no longer synchronized against the core infrastructure.
Nasuni provides file storage as a service. In doing so, we integrate customer service, professional services, into a single offering for our clients. What that allows us to do is to align, giving great support, great ongoing support, directly with the business model that our clients are tied to, the annuity business. Some of our flagship accounts include Perkins+Will based in Chicago, one of the top five architecture firms in the country. Their initial problem was file growth and the impact on their backups for doing that. They were an Avamar account. They were looking at a very large expansion on Avamar. We came in. We were able to save not just on the Avamar footprint but also on their primary storage footprint by integrating the data protection piece with the storage piece and giving them a scalable solution for that and doing so in a way that they could deploy high-performance file storage to multiple locations around the world. We were able to significantly increase their operational efficiency.
JSJ is a manufacturer with design facilities in North America and manufacturing plants in Asia. Their initial problem was trying to get the design documents back and forth to their manufacturing facilities. We were able to solve that problem, and then, once they realized how simple it was to run the Nasuni file storage system, they brought that same architecture to their core design facilities. We are now running their entire storage system, and they have saved a significant amount of what was there before, which was a combination of network appliance and a ton of MPLS WAN acceleration units.
And finally, Austin Radiological Association, ARA, faced massive file-scaling problems. As they were moving from two-dimensional to three-dimensional files, their file storage was getting bigger, but they were concerned that, if they took a cloud approach, the files wouldn’t be able to be retrieved in a fast enough fashion. We were able to demonstrate that we could beat the existing solution by 21%. We could be faster than that and, at the same time, save 50% in their budget over the three-year projections.
Nasuni has helped hundreds of customers around the world solve their file pain. We help companies with file sprawl. We eliminate backup, improve your RPO, your RTO, and we provide consistent access to file from anywhere in an organization, including mobile devices. If you have files, you have file pain, and we can help you. Thanks so much for learning about Nasuni. There is more information on our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have further questions. Thank you.