New Storage Solution Delivers Private Cloud File System Synchronization for Ensured Privacy and IT Control with the Secure Mobile Access Users Demand Anytime, Anywhere for Enhanced Business Productivity
I had the good fortune to speak with Bob Fernander, CEO of Nexsan™, a global leader in unified storage solutions. Today they announced the release of Nexsan UNITY™, a next-generation storage platform that combines the performance, scalability and value of DRAM and Flash along with private cloud file system synchronization and true data mobility support. These features, in addition to universal connectivity for Fiber Channel, Ethernet and SAS, and advanced services including NAS and SAN, are all integrated into a single product at a single price.
According to IDC data is doubling in size every two years with the predicted total amount of data topping 44 Zettabytes by 2020. This data is commonly stored in distinct silos which limits the user access that supports today’s mobile workforce. Business users demand high performance access to information (structured or unstructured) from anywhere in the world at anytime, from any device. Further, access to this information must be present 24x7 and its security is of paramount importance to the enterprise.
Many siloed storage, data management, file sync and share and security solutions exist to provide for these individual requirements, but are typically cobbled together in costly, inefficient and unreliable ways. Nexsan UNITY addressees all of these requirements in a single unified solution which delivers high performance and multi-site collaboration at LAN speed to support business continuity and disaster recovery processes as well as mobile access to primary storage data.
Delivering high-performance multi-site collaboration, UNITY exclusively offers enterprise n-Way Sync. The n-Way Sync functionality makes UNITY the only enterprise filer to deliver high performance unified storage with site-to-site enterprise synchronization. Enterprise sync is supported across distributed primary storage at LAN access speeds, improving user productivity while leveraging an organization’s secure infrastructure, including Active Directory to prevent unauthorized user file access. This assures that data is in sync across multiple sites and locations while securing content with encryption at rest and in flight with self-encrypting drives and encryption keys. As a result, users have the mobile access they demand while IT can assure the security and control needed to remain compliant.
UNITY’s patented technology is designed to support all devices – from mobile devices to tablets, laptops and desktops running Android, iOS, Mac and Windows– and provides a secure connection to data stored and managed within the enterprise totally eliminating the drudgery of using unpopular and aging VPN technologies. Mobile workforces will have the freedom and flexibility to access and share files securely across all of their devices - no matter where they are - for enhanced business productivity and data security.
“Today’s NAS and SAN storage solutions have ignored the need for secure access to protected data maintained within the enterprise,” said Bob Fernander, CEO, Nexsan. “With Nexsan UNITY we’re providing a means to extend primary storage across and outside the enterprise in a secure manner. We’ve combined the power and performance of our Nexsan unified storage platform with the cloud flexibility of our Transporter private cloud file sync and share appliances. The result is a unified storage solution like no other – providing simplified file sharing, secure data access and comprehensive data storage for the datacenter.”
Most storage systems do not integrate mobile support, yet performance, security and cost concerns, make cloud-based solutions like Dropbox and Box an inadequate option. Likewise, private deployment of software based “hub and spoke” synchronization solutions work well only if there is a single site from which primary data is accessed. The new Nexsan storage solution adds native synchronization of files stored on UNITY to mobile devices as an extension of its solution. It provides a patented method for connecting mobile users to their primary storage behind their enterprise firewall and combines this with the ability to connect users to other synchronized volumes available elsewhere within the enterprise. As a result, users achieve high performance with high data availability and data access from an alternate source if their primary source is unavailable.
UNITY delivers a full enterprise-class feature set for small, midsize, and large businesses. Nexsan’s FASTier™ caching accelerates performance to meet demanding I/O requirements. This unified platform supports Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity in addition to NAS and SAN protocols. Unified HDD and SDD support can be tailored for the best mixed application deployment environment. For organizations facing extreme data growth or needing greater application performance, Nexsan UNITY scales from 13TB up to 5PB. Nexsan UNITY matches flexible, performance datacenter storage with the private cloud technology behind Nexsan’s Transporter family of private cloud file sync and share appliances. Known in the industry as one of the simplest solutions for secure file sharing, Transporter is an on-premises solution that uses a unique peer-to-peer approach to enable secure remote access to primary storage from anywhere on any device.