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Nasuni is adding iSCSI storage capability to its cloud storage technology, giving businesses with multiple remote and branch offices the ability to protect both block-based and file-based data to the cloud.
With the update to its cloud storage technology, Natick, Mass.-based Nasuni becomes the latest storage vendor to unify NAS and SAN storage under a single management system. Unified storage allows block-level (SAN) and file-level (NAS) storage protocols to be used simultaneously within a single appliance.
While file-based data still accounts for the vast majority of the data stored in remote and branch offices, many of those offices still have applications running block-based data on a SAN, said Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez.
"The larger vendors have been pushing unified storage," Rodriguez said. "The reason is the broad use case for both file and block storage."
Nasuni develops software solution providers can use to put virtual storage appliances into remote and branch offices to protect the data of up to 50 concurrent users to a storage cloud with full encryption and a 100 percent availability guarantee, Rodriguez said.
The company's technology uses cloud storage offerings such as Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Nirvanix and Windows Azure to offer Storage-as-a-Service to customers and provide channel partners with recurring revenue opportunities.
In addition to the virtual storage appliances, which work in VMware environments and are provided to business users for free, Nasuni offers purpose-built hardware versions of the appliances for customers looking for higher performance.
The addition of unified storage to Nasuni's cloud storage technology is a huge benefit for small offices and branch offices, said Dave Cerniglia, president of Consiliant Technologies, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Nasuni partner.
"This is still a niche part of the cloud storage market," Cerniglia said. "But with a unified approach, we can access more of a customer's data, back it up to the cloud, and reach out to a bigger market than in the past."
Scott Robinson, president of XIOSS, a Las Vegas-based solution provider and Nasuni partner, said the ability to address iSCSI block data with the Nasuni cloud storage technology will make it easier to work with customers using such applications as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server in remote offices.
"This rounds out Nasuni's offering," Robinson said. "Customers won't need to purchase a hardware device just to run Exchange or SQL in their remote offices."
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