Nasuni this week added a global file system to its cloud-based file storage solution, giving its customers the ability to access files via the cloud from anywhere and making it easier for employees to collaborate on projects regardless of their location.
With the release of Nasuni Service 6.0, along with a new mobile application suite, Nasuni is expanding the functionality of its solution to make it into a true global file sync and share platform, said Andres Rodriguez, CEO of the Natick, Mass.-based software and appliance developer.
New from Nasuni is its UniFS global file system, which creates a single logical master version of a user's data that can be accessed from anywhere, Rodriguez told CRN.
"And it can be accessed with any device, whether it's a high-performance data center or a mobile device," he said. "Now IT can manage a single version of the file, the master file. Users aren't concerned that there may be multiple copies of the data for backup or replication. The system manages it as one."
Prior to the UniFS global file system, files existed in multiple locations so that if a user made a change in one copy, there could be collisions with other versions of the file, Rodriguez said.
"Now we have global file locking in which the master file is locked when in use," he said. "Changes in the data are transparent to the users. With traditional file sync and share offerings, there is no locking. Changes in the file have to be replicated to other copies."
The UniFS global file system is the first time data can scale across any number of locations while available for access by any device, according to Rodriguez.
"With the Nasuni Service 6.0 release, the function is automatically applied to existing data," he said. "Since we operate as a service, everything that rolls out is available to customers automatically."
The global file locking and single master file capability of the UniFS is an extremely important addition, said Cindy Tenner, managing director at Broadleaf Services, a Billerica, Mass.-based solution provider and Nasuni channel partner since the company's founding.
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