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Remote Office, Branch Office Storage Solution

In this Nasuni Solution Whiteboard video, we explain why file storage infrastructure at remote and branch offices is generally lacking compared to HQ. We demonstrate how this affects file access times, backup and disaster recovery and how Nasuni gives remote and branch offices the same experience as HQ through a Global File System and local edge caching.

Video Transcript

With traditional file infrastructure, in typical file environments, we often see a common set up of there being a headquarters location with the data center that houses most of that that files storage and file technology, and then we also see remote offices and branch offices that tend to be farther away and geographically disperse. It’s a tale of two different end user experiences. People that sit in headquarters, most likely the executives and the core user base, they have access to the latest technology. So they’re doing refresh is very quickly as technology ages. They’re fully staffed from an IT standpoint – most of IT actually sits in headquarters in most companies. Backup is being done religiously. It’s very common to see that backup windows are being hit and then making sure this is completed because it’s the company’s core IP. And they’re getting fast access to data because all that technology lives right beside them. In the remote offices and the branch offices, that situation is actually quite different. The technology can be a little bit more outdated. Right, they tend to hit the refresh cycle last at the remote offices. There’s less IT personnel that might have you know one or two people there but not nearly the count that headquarters does. There’s less strict backup being done, you know we often hear things like secretaries are being asked to rotate tapes in a remote office and it can be slower performance. If the if the infrastructure isn’t located at a particular site, they’re going into the data center to get that data over a network and that can be slow. If the infrastructure is here, it’s probably more aged, or older, than what’s located in the data center and that can be a cause for slowness as well. With Nasuni that story is much different. When customers manage their file environment with Nasuni, our main goal is to ensure that the end user experience is uniform regardless if these end users are in a remote office or a branch office, or if they’re working in headquarters. We want everybody to have the same “headquarters” experience that traditional infrastructure provides. How we do that is we centralize your file data in your public or private cloud provider of choice, so it can be one of the a public cloud provider off-site or it can be an on-premises object store provider that you keep within your four walls. What we also do is we deploy these Nasuni edged caches. This allows us to provide fast local performance to data so we think about the headquarter benefits we
referred to earlier, everybody’s getting the latest technology in Nasuni’s world. So these devices can be anywhere from hardware appliances packed with solid-state disk drives for certain use cases. They can run simply on your virtual infrastructure that you already have in place today. With centralized management it doesn’t matter where IT personnel actually sit. They could be in headquarters, they could be at remote offices, but they can manage the Nasuni environment from one place regardless of where they are. You can standardize and improve file protection. A lot of times traditional backup at remote sites is done by dragging all the backups from the remote office to the data center and that can just swam links and it takes a very long time to do. With Nasuni’s continuous file versioning we’re constantly protecting that stuff directly to your object store provider of choice. You don’t really have to think about it or use up your expensive MPLS to do that. Everybody is getting the same fast performance as headquarters. We do this through aggressive local caching, so there’s no more traversing a WAN to get to data. There’s no more accessing data from legacy, aged technology. You’re getting your data from a fast local
cache regardless of what office that you’re from.