Comparing Panzura to NetApp

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At Panzura, we’re a solution for enterprise-scale organizations frustrated by lack of security, visibility, and control into data. We de-risk your data challenges by helping you know where your data is, how it’s growing, who is accessing it, how secure it is and how it’s being used. In this comparison, we take a look at complete cloud data management capabilities, how they work with each solution, and how the differences affect the way you can expect to operate.

Feature Panzura NetApp What it Means for You
Cloud Data Management
Global Centralized
Image Image Panzura provides a centralized multi-cloud management
view. Solution and use case depending, NetApp may require
several different management tools to achieve global
centralized management.
Global Data Services Image Image Panzura Data Services is a complete cloud data monitoring
and management platform. Holistic data governance provides
actionable insights into every aspect of how data is being
used, and includes ransomware monitoring, and smart
provisioning. Deep search and environmental analytics drive
admin productivity and simplify data management. NetApp
offers tools to monitor clusters/cloud storage information
but doesn’t inherently give the ability to globally search,
audit and configure alerts for files and users.
Cloud Data Protection and Security
Active Global Disaster
Recovery Architecture
Image Image Each Panzura node is a full active disaster recovery site,
offering business continuity with sub-minute RPO. By
contrast, if one NetApp GFC appliance goes down, active
data not serially synced to the cloud is lost – it cannot be
accessed or recovered from another location.*
Global and Local
Image Image Panzura provides dedicated global and local high
availability options on virtual machines. Cloud mirroring will
automatically failover to a redundant cloud storage provider
in the case of a failure of the primary provider, without
disrupting any front-end file services. With NetApp, a cold
standby can provide HA for their global file system. If the
cloud goes down entirely, the file system edge nodes can’t
collaborate and data not synced to the cloud could be
Global Ransomware
Image Image Panzura data writes are immutable, preventing data
corruption and delivering ransomware resiliency with global
sub-min RPO. NetApp has a ransom resiliency strategy using
many tools* for detection of abnormal snapshots copies,
volume growth rates and loss of storage efficiencies.
Recovery time depends on the number of volume-based
Global Granular Read-only
Image Image Panzura’s unlimited global read-only snapshots can be
configured hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Each has
an independent retention policy, so files, folders or the whole
file system can quickly be restored to a given point in time.
NetApp’s read-only snapshots are volume-, not global file
system-based. NetApp manual warns these immutable
snapshots can be deleted, and that configuring frequent
snapshots requires considerable resource consumption and
degraded performance. NetApp does not cache metadata for
snapshot directories, causing navigation and listing of those
directories to be slow.
Air-Gapped Solution Support Image Image Panzura supports dark site architecture - no inbound or
outbound connections to/from the domain. NetApp doesn’t
inherently support air-gapped solution
Military Grade Security Image Image Panzura’s military grade AES-256-CBC encryption for data
at rest and TLS v1.2 for data in flight prevents third-party
and malicious actors from accessing your data. The solution
is FIPS 140-2 certified. Secure Erase makes it possible
to delete a file or folder so that the contents cannot be
restored, even using the most advanced technology available.
NetApp’s GFC supports SSL for data-in-flight, volume
based encryption (NVE) and BitLocker, while Fabric Pool
support TLS and NVE. FIPS-140-2 hardware is available at a
premium NetApp offers secured disk erasure.
Cloud Data Performance
Global Performance
Image Image Panzura performance optimizations include separating the
metadata from data, compression and deduplication, multilevel snapshots, parallel streaming to the cloud, (no need
for additional WAN accelerators) and intelligent tiered read
caching and prefetching (automatic data movement based on
user behavior analytics). NetApp provides compression
and deduplication but lacks the full metadata catalog at
the cloud-edge that enables intelligent cache/prefetching
for fast file access and fast global file collaboration. The file
system and Fabric Pool can tier cold data to the cloud and
object store, but limitations exist in certain use cases where
data writes to an S3 compatible object storage, will be
permanently read there.
Accelerated Parallel
Image Image
Panzura performs block level translation to object that
accelerates parallel streams to the cloud, instead of a serial
SMB/NFS stream. NetApp lacks parallel streaming for fast
cloud-edge access. Achieving this requires a WAN accelerator
or cloud VDI solution to speed up user access file sharing.
Real-time Global Data
Image Image Panzura’s simultaneous 60-second data syncs to the
cloud object store, and full metadata catalog at each node
facilitating global file locking with peer-to-peer real time
exchanges of new and changed data, result in immediate
global data consistency for all nodes. This significantly
reduces data risk. NetApp can provide data center
data consistency within the cluster only.
Global Scalability Image Image Panzura scales globally without impacting immediate global
data consistency for existing or future users at any site.
NetApp’s Global File Cache details maximum limits for total
and concurrent edge users, and recommends 50% of those
limits to avoid performance issues.
Hyperconverged Persistent
Block Storage
Image Image Panzura’s Cloud Block Store is an infinitely scalable, high
performance persistent volume for containers and readcache for cloud native deployments. NetApp provides Astra
for cloud bursting container-based workloads (requires Astra
Data Store, Astra Trident, Astra Control Center, Astra
Control Services).
Cloud Data Intelligence
Global Search and Audit Image Image Panzura Data Services finds any file with a powerful and
lightning-fast search portal that reaches across your entire
cloud network and integrates seamlessly with CloudFS,
as well as other file sources such as NetApp or Isilon.
NetApp provides the ability for search and audit but requires
a number of apps to accomplish it.
Global Intelligent Tiering
and Prefetching
Image Image Panzura’s SmartCache intelligently tracks and tiers hot, warm,
and cold file block structures for faster file access. Auto prepopulation automatically prefetches and pre-caches files
based on ownership changes between nodes in a CloudFS
to provide the fastest global collaboration. NetApp uses 3
different tools for tiering and lacks full metadata catalog
at the edge that enables intelligent cache/prefetching and
global file collaboration for fast file access.
Global Real-time
Image Image Panzura’s global file and byte-range locking automatically
locks and releases in real-time, allowing geographically
distributed users to work collaboratively, without
overwriting each other or creating multiple file versions.
NetApp GFC centralizes the locks in the cloud. This creates
a single point of failure and performance is subject to
Cloud-Native Microservices
Image Image Panzura Data Services turns unintelligible data strings into
an easy-to-follow audit history for every single file, inherently
enabling cloud-native artificial intelligence, and machine
learning services to extract unstructured data for analytics
and reports. NetApp uses additional API coded with cloudNative microservices to allow microservices to directly
access object storage.
Multi-Cloud Functionality
Multi-Cloud Interoperability
and Mirroring
Image Image Panzura is interoperable with many cloud object store
providers, both on-premises and in the cloud. As
organizations increasingly employ multiple clouds for storage,
cloud mirroring helps by eliminating dependency on any
one vendor. NetApp is interoperable with many cloud object
storage providers but lacks the functionality to replicate
the complete file system to another cloud region.
Cloud Data Accessibility and Efficiency
In-Line Compression Image Image Panzura CloudFS uses a lossless compression algorithm
to break each file into 128kb blocks – the most granular
possible level. Each block is compressed in-line, in memory,
as it’s created. NetApp allows users to manually configure
volume inline or post-process compression. Some volumes
can be left uncompressed.
Global Deduplication Image Image Panzura’s interconnected global file system stops blocklevel duplication before data gets synced to the object store.
Since only unique blocks across all sites are preserved by
the file system, data is deduplicated at the 128kb block level
before it is ever stored. NetApp deduplicates at the volume
level, leaving it possible for the same file to exist in multiple
Global Namespace Image Image Panzura CloudFS is a true global filesystem, using a global
namespace without the need to configure volumes, or
restructure data to separate it into volumes. NetApp GFC
also provides a single namespace, while Cloud Volumes
ONTap and Cloud Volume Services use legacy based volume
management. Volumes are either local or shared.

This comparison has been compiled using the most up-to-date administration guide and architectural
documentation available. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, and it was last updated at the date shown below left.

This document is intended to provide a practical guide to key differences in approach, that affect the way that both solutions work in the real world, from making data available, to making it secure and easy to manage.

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