Looking to change the economics and functionality of data storage for the cloud era, Avere Systems announced its new Cloud NAS solution this week at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent event in Las Vegas. A key component of Cloud NAS is the introduction of Avere FlashCloud software that integrates legacy Network Attached Storage (NAS) with Amazon S3 and Glacier services into a single global namespace (GNS) that presents a unified view of all files via familiar NAS protocols.
Avere Cloud NAS is designed to help enterprises overcome the challenges of achieving cloud-scale storage economics, while being unfamiliar with an object storage interface. Cloud NAS integrates existing storage systems with the cloud without sacrificing the availability or security of their data.
“We are currently working with customers who have massive amounts of data who had never thought it was possible to leverage the cloud for more than a fraction of their storage,” said Ron Bianchini, Avere President and CEO. “Avere Cloud NAS eliminates the most serious technological challenges these customers face with moving to the cloud. Moreover, the combination of Avere with Amazon Web Services offerings gives them an enormous cost advantage over traditional storage models and allows them to bend the data center cost curve.”
Running on Avere FXT Edge filers, FlashCloud combines scalability and clustering for high availability, and ensures that data is always available even in the presence of network outages and other failures.
“Avere has always been on the forefront of pushing the boundaries of file storage performance and efficiency,” said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Avere Cloud NAS is a natural evolution of the product, advancing the adoption of cloud storage for serious business use cases. This latest offering provides that critical link for enterprise customers to utilize the cloud so they can reduce capital and operational expenses while benefitting from Avere’s benefit of scale out and scale up performance.”
In conjunction with Avere FlashCloud, existing Avere products such as FlashMove and FlashMirror provide a fast path for easily moving online, live data to and from the cloud without disruption. Data can also be moved between cloud providers or mirrored to another location to mitigate the risk of a service outage.