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, data storage 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 traditional storage 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?

Hybrid Cloud NAS

Panzura’s Hybrid Cloud NAS gives you cloud economics, fast data performance, and assures that your data is secured and protected. The Hybrid Cloud NAS centralizes your file data in the cloud, while keeping active data cached close to the users. 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. The Panzura 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 off the falling price of cloud storage, and immediately scale your cloud instance to best suit your data needs.

GRAEF deployed Panzura 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.

Electronic Arts (EA) centralized its sprawling NAS storage from over 30 sites, eliminated costly NetApps, SnapMirror file replication and MPLS networks, all while reducing its storage footprint from 1.5PB to 45TB. The end results: a cloud storage bill of less than $4,000 per month, lower networking costs, reduced file transfer times to minutes instead of hours, and accelerated game development cycles.

We were able to cut the content down significantly but still support the same business requirement of delivering in 3-4 different platforms. Panzura’s global file system and global deduplication gave us the ability to utilize a centralized instance of data to appear in multiple locations and multiple formats.”

-Steve Scivally, Technical Director, Electronic Arts.


Hybrid Cloud NAS features include:

  • All tiers of storage in one. Since all of your data lives in the cloud, it’s automatically protected by your cloud provider. No more backup, no more tape, no more replication for DR.
  • Data deduplication. Data is deduplicated so each unique block is only stored once in the cloud, and only unique change blocks are sent over the network. That means much more efficient storage, more room for files, less data sent over your network, and best of all — lower total storage costs.
  • Intelligent caching. Active data is cached on flash storage in each controller, speeding up performance when users access data.
  • Snapshots. Panzura Controllers take global performance-efficient snapshots at administrator-defined intervals and can support up to 10,000 snapshots of the entire file system (or 1 per day for 27 years). Users can also restore files through the Microsoft Windows Previous Versions feature, the same way they normally would.
  • Security that three letter agencies trust. Our customers include the U.S. Department of Justice and NIST, the organization that certifies FIPS. Why? Panzura is FIPS 140-2 certified with AES-256 bit encryption, so your data is secure at rest and in- flight, whether it’s on a local controller or in the cloud. There’s no need for separate cloud security gateways.

You can learn more about Panzura’s technology and features here.