Panzura vs Nasuni

If you’re evaluating global cloud file systems in 2022, you’ll almost certainly want to compare Panzura vs Nasuni. The features you need will determine the solution you choose, so you probably don’t need or want to know all the architectural ways in which Panzura and Nasuni differ.

However, you definitely need to know how the key differences between Panzura CloudFS and Nasuni global file system affect the way you can expect to operate. That’s especially true if you have multiple locations and would like your teams to be able to work collaboratively between sites.

Feature Panzura logo Nasuni Why it Matters
60-second snapshot sync times for all locations with the cloud object store Both Panzura and Nasuni transfer data to the cloud in the form of snapshots. 60-second sync time implies that the RPO is also 60 seconds. Higher sync times correlate to longer wait times for data changes across the environment.
All locations sync with the cloud object store simultaneously Panzura’s simultaneous sync results in immediate file consistency across all sites. Nasuni’s snapshot sync feature is sequential and tokenized for shared volumes, which results in elongated sync times. Furthermore, a break in sequential sync results in loss of productivity.
Honor locking protocol (no write collision) Without global file locking, more than one user can modify the same file at the same time, resulting in multiple versions of the file that must be manually merged by the user. Nasuni does not enable global locking by default. This creates additional administrative burdens; you need to identify the files which require collaboration and keep track of this endlessly.
Distributed locking Nasuni’s multi-tenant and centralized lock management scheme is a single point of failure and will render the entire file-system as read-only. Additionally, higher latencies to the cloud will affect performance negatively.
Ability to mirror the entire dataset to a secondary cloud object store and failover automatically Panzura’s cloud mirroring provides uninterrupted access to your data in the cloud(s), with no single point of failure. Prevents accidental deletion of a cloud bucket, allowing for separate security policies.
Provides dedicated High Availability (HA) options on both physical and virtual machines Nasuni is dependent on the hypervisors’ native HA features which typically involve moving the virtual machine between hosts or datastores, or using static snapshots. These options are not practical: moving large virtual machine files between datastores/hosts in a production environment takes a long time and depends on the available resources. Static snapshots cannot be used in dynamic file systems such as Panzura or Nasuni.
Snapshots can be configured; hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly with independent retention policy Snapshots provide granular ability to restore files, folders or even the whole file system as they were at a given point in time
Block-level data immutability Existing data blocks cannot be overwritten in any way, preventing corruption of data and making data impervious to ransomware.
Immutable architecture and read-only snapshots Without data immutability, data can be lost, or encrypted by malware or ransomware. Panzura’s snapshots allows files, folders or the entire file system to be restored on a point in time basis.
Full support for dark sites (no inbound or outbound connections to/from the Internet) Nasuni’s dependence on performing global file locking in their own cloud environment requires them to have public access to your environment. This limits their ability to service dark sites.
Military grade (AES256) Panzura’s military grade (AES256) encryption prevents third-party and malicious actors from accessing and reading your data.
FIPS-140-2 certified Nasuni does not claim to be FIPS-140-2 certified. However, they use FIPS-140-2 encryption services on Self Encrypting Drives (SED).
Secure data erasure Prevents unauthorized retrieval of deleted data
Add locations without impacting performance to existing users Panzura achieves immediate data consistency throughout the entire global file network, regardless of number of locations. Nasuni's sequential data sync
Global block-level deduplication Panzura compares a block of data (128KB) against similar blocks in the cloud instead of just comparing it on the local device. The result is a smaller storage footprint and enhanced data transfer rates.
Immediate data consistency Data can be transferred directly between peers without waiting for the cloud to propagate it with all locations. The most up-to-date file is immediately available to all locations.
Integrated search, audit and filer network analysis Panzura Data Services provides integrated search, audit and filer network analysis capabilities over your entire cloud file storage.
Comprehensive built-in tools for IT admins to diagnose and troubleshoot their environment. Panzura’s handy tools enable your IT admins to become self-sufficient and meet SLAs.
Remote access to files without duplicating to a third party such as DropBox. File replication increases data storage requirements and gives your IT team another data store and security policy to manage.
Works with Revit workshare monitor Allows distributed teams to work within Revit projects, using byte-range locking to avoid accidental overwrites or file versioning.