Managing primary file storage, backup, archiving, and disaster recovery is complex and costly. For companies with more than one office, this complexity increases exponentially as each office must maintain its own local storage, on-site backup, and often off-site tape backup as well. On top of that, unstructured data is expected to grow 800% over the next five years, requiring you to have to evaluate what you will need in the future and shell out the cash for the capacity well ahead of when you actually need it. Yet most of this data is “cold” — 70% of it hasn’t been touched in 2 months and 90% hasn’t been touched in 6 months. It is clear that the storage status quo model is broken. Cloud storage looks promising but creates performance and manageability issues for enterprise data. So what should you do? What if you could get them both? The performance and features of an enterprise NAS, but the economics of the cloud?

Rethink the Storage Status Quo

Panzura’s Hybrid Cloud NAS gives you cloud economics, fast data performance, and assures that your data is secured and protected. A Hybrid Cloud NAS centralizes your file data in the cloud, while keeping active data cached close to the users on fast flash appliances. In fact it behaves just like a local, Windows filer to users, but is backed by a central cloud data repository and can support hundreds of offices. It’s simpler, faster, and less expensive than deploying primary, backup, and archive storage at each site.

By using public or private cloud storage as a Hybrid Cloud NAS, you can consolidate and simplify infrastructure significantly. A Hybrid Cloud NAS solution gives you several benefits:

  • Eliminate inefficient local NAS and file servers at each office. Panzura turns your choice of public or private cloud storage into a giant “NAS in the sky” and makes it the authoritative source for all your file data, while files feel like they’re local for every user.
  • No more local backups or cumbersome tapes. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have 11 nines of durability and are architected with redundancy to withstand the loss of two datacenters without data interruption, so you can consolidate backup and tape archive operations from multiple sites to the cloud.
  • In-cloud NAS. In addition to deploying Panzura Controllers in your offices, you can also deploy them in the cloud. With support for both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Panzura lets you deploy file services in any one of 34 global cloud datacenter locations. This enables applications to run in the cloud or on-premise against the same consistent data. If your office is within 10 milliseconds of a cloud datacenter, you can even eliminate the need to put any file storage infrastructure on-premise whatsoever.
  • Built-in disaster recovery. Panzura uses the cloud as the authoritative data source, letting you consolidate all of your backup and DR under one roof. Since cloud providers use redundant copies of data and multiple data centers to architect system durability into their service, your data is always recoverable. Your data is already stored off-site across multiple sites, so you don’t have to worry about tape backups. Panzura’s snapshots also provide point-in-time recovery for as long as you need it.
  • Pay-as-you-go. With cloud, you only pay your cloud provider for the storage you need, so you can take advantage of the falling price of cloud storage, and immediately scale your cloud instance to best suit your data needs.

GRAEF deployed Freedom NAS, Panzura’s Hybrid Cloud NAS solution, and saved $360,000 by removing NAS storage, backup servers, tape libraries, and WAN optimization devices. They were also able to reduce networking costs by replacing MPLS links with regular broadband connections.

You can learn more about Panzura Freedom NAS here.