With its technology, Avere has built what Xioss' Robinson called a "pretty interesting paradigm."
"You can even use Amazon Glacier on the back for lower cost," he said. "Glacier is not the lowest-cost storage. But customers don't have to manage things like tape libraries, or pay for the power and space they require."
Dave Henry, storage practice lead and virtualization practice lead at Accunet, a Boston-based solution provider and Avere partner for several years, said that in the last year his company has implemented the Avere filers with a major telecom provider to increase their NAS performance.
Henry said he likes Avere Cloud NAS because it provides an easy way to take advantage of cloud storage capacity.
"The cloud industry has matured," he said. "No one talks about whether to add cloud or not. They're doing it."
While the cloud is great for capacity, it is not for performance, Henry said. "That's where Avere Cloud NAS comes in," he said. "The Avere edge filer is the first product I'm aware of that increases the performance of the cloud by offering cache on-premise for users."
The new FlashCloud software is available as an option for new and previously installed Avere edge filers, Avere's Bianchini said. The software costs about 15 percent of the overall cost of the hardware, he said.
PUBLISHED NOV. 14, 2013