Nasuni Unveils Global Multi-Site Access

New capability brings the cloud into the data center, provides simple, safe, secure solution for data distribution and global access.

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Nasuni has added multi-site access to its Data Continuity Services. Multi-site allows organizations with several locations to work on a single set of shared data. The new capabilities extend Nasuni’s file-level snapshots to create a controller architecture that allows multiple storage controllers to have live access to the same volume of snapshots. Organizations benefit by having a simple, safe, and secure way to share data across any number of sites. Multi-site access is available immediately to all Data Continuity subscribers.

To enable this capability, customers need to deploy either the Nasuni virtual appliance (downloadable and available for a free evaluation) or one of Nasuni’s new hardware options at each site, which enables them to access Nasuni’s Data Continuity Services. Thin-provisioning allows the local storage footprint of each of the appliances to be smaller than that of the complete set of data being shared through the services. At highly frequent, regular intervals, the Nasuni services capture an encrypted snapshot of the entire file system, while the most commonly accessed files are stored locally to provide optimal performance. At any time, end users can roll back to an earlier version of a file, directory or the complete file system altogether eliminating the need for additional backups.

Nasuni’s multi-site access opens up a number of possibilities for end users, some of which include:

  • Secure data distribution to remote office/branch office (ROBO): If the central office needs to distribute marketing or training videos to local sales offices, for example, all one needs to do is save the file to Nasuni. Once the data is part of Nasuni’s services, ROBO’s throughout the world enjoy read-only access. It’s fast and easy, and eliminates the need to make multiple copies or send data large files via e-mail.

  • Remote offices forwarding data to a central point: In this case, Nasuni makes it simple for remote sites such as point-of-sale locations or remote development offices to send information to headquarters. Data continuity means that files created or changed in the remote offices are automatically made available at headquarters without the need for expensive, array-based, point-to-point replication solutions or WAN acceleration.

  • Two-way synchronized read-write: Workers who move from office to office can now ensure that they have fast access to local data without having to store it on their hard drive or to set up a VPN that spans an ocean to link up with a file server. Permissions can be set so that only the individual user has access to his or her files. It is also possible for multiple users to read and write to the same file, and with Nasuni’s snapshotting process, it’s always possible to roll back to an earlier version of a file regardless of where that version was made.

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