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Optimizing Hyperconverged Environments for File Storage

Allowing file storage to grow rapidly in hyperconverged infrastructure is a waste of high-performance hardware. File data should scale in the cloud. Nasuni is the first platform to maintain the efficiency of hyperconvergence while delivering the unlimited capacity and cost savings of the object store.

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Hyper-converged platforms are becoming much more popular in the industry. It’s a very attractive proposition. I can combine my storage servers networking and compute resources into one consolidated platform – great way to save money and reduce infrastructure. A lot of times what people will do is they’ll consolidate Windows file servers and other NAS workloads on their hyper-converged platform. The idea was to include block and file in one and put everything on the same device. It ends up being expensive housing all your files on what could potentially be a lot of SSD disk. So what Nasuni can do is actually put one of our virtual edge appliances in the VM layer of the hyper-converged platform. Now why this is important is it allows you to move a lot of capacity off the hyper-converged platform into a far more cost-effective cloud provider and as you know we can support public providers or private object stores on-premise. So let’s say take an example of maybe you have 150 terabytes and that data currently lives on your hyper-converged platform. By putting a Nasuni virtual appliance on this platform, all you need to do is cache the most frequently accessed files. That’s usually a fraction of the total data set. So rather than using a hundred and fifty terabytes of what could be expensive disk, you might need to only need to use ten terabytes of disk capacity on that platform and the rest of that data can comfortably reside in the cloud. Now to the users and applications, they think all 150 terabytes is still local because they can see all the cloud data, but really only a small subset of it is. If they go to access a file that isn’t in cache we’ll retrieve it from the cloud for them now the best part about this is that the Nasuni virtual appliances are free, so you’re saving capacity on the hyper-converged infrastructure while being able to use these compute resources of memory and cores to help that Nasuni edge appliance run effectively.