Panzura Controllers Enable Global Locking File System in VMware vCloud Air

Panzura Solutions Enable vCloud Air To Appear Like It’s Inside The Corporate Datacenter

CAMPBELL, CA. – August 27, 2015 – Panzura®, Panzura, leading the charge in removing the barrier the cloud, today announced that Panzura Cloud Controllers are now available on VMware vCloud® Air™, transforming vCloud Air Object Storage into a globally distributed file system and enabling vCloud Air to appear like it is just another room of the corporate data center. Panzura has undergone technical validation within the vCloud Air environment and is supported by Panzura for use with vCloud Air. In addition, Panzura is in the Elite tier of the vCloud Air ISV program and listed on the VMware Solution Exchange.

By co-locating the same consistent, locking file system in vCloud Air as in the datacenter, companies get the benefits of the cloud without the complex networking, data transfer, performance and authentication issues normally associated with hybrid cloud. Now applications that were developed for use within the corporate data center can run without a single change in vCloud Air. Panzura supports both object storage options in vCloud Air, EMC and Google Cloud Storage.

The Panzura Global File System collapses all tiers of legacy enterprise storage into vCloud Air Object Storage as well as removes the need for WAN Optimization and expensive MPLS networks between offices. Global file locking enables applications built for a Local Area Network to work just as well over a Wide Area Network, taking CAD file open times from 20-40 minutes to 10-20 seconds. In the case of Panzura customer Electronic Arts (EA) global deduplication ensures that each unique block of data is only stored once across the entire enterprise, reducing the total storage footprint at EA from 1.5 petabytes to only 45 terabytes.

Data is secured at rest in Panzura controllers and in the cloud, as well as in transit between controllers and the cloud with FIPS 140-2 certified security and customer retained security keys. This results in data in the cloud being more secure than data behind corporate firewalls without the need for additional cloud security gateway devices.

VMware vCloud Air customers will also have access to Panzura SkyBridge, which creates a cloud-integrated data center where vCloud Air is an extension of the corporate data center instead of a separate infrastructure hundreds to thousands of miles away. SkyBridge does this by:

  • Creating a layer 2 network connection between the cloud and corporate datacenter.
  • Enabling corporate authentication services without federation to the cloud.
  • Automating, orchestrating, and launching all required cloud compute instances.
  • Enabling the use of corporate DHCP so that the cloud infrastructure is a part of corporate IP namespace.
  • Creating a file system instance in vCloud Air that is part of the same consistent, locking Global File System that is in corporate datacenter locations.

“As enterprises continue to take advantage of cloud scale and economics, the importance of a hybrid architecture has become much more evident,” said Scott Sinclair, storage analyst with ESG. “Active data and compute can be best served when next to each other, which is exactly what Panzura SkyBridge enables whether the applications run on compute in the cloud or compute in any corporate data center.”

“Customers want to take advantage of the cloud, but want cloud compute and storage to feel like it is local and part of their data center,” said Randy Chou, CEO and co-founder of Panzura. “The Panzura Global File System and Panzura SkyBridge create an extension of the corporate data center into vCloud Air so that applications can run in the cloud, in the data center, or in both locations.”

“A key capability of vCloud Air is that it can function as an extension of your existing VMware vSphere® data center and run all the same applications. Panzura extends that to storage, where vCloud Air Object Storage service is just an extension of your data center shared file system,” said Mathew Lodge, vice president, Cloud Services, VMware. “For that reason, we’re delighted to welcome Panzura to the vCloud Air ecosystem.”

VMWorld attendees learned about the Panzura Global File System and Cloud Controller running in vCloud Air during VMware’s session on Tuesday, September 1st:  Session #HBC5298 – vCloud Air Object Storage for IT Admins. Panzura’s product was also featured in the vCloud Air Object Storage section of the VMware booth in the VMWorld Solutions Exchange.

About Panzura
Panzura makes the cloud seamless by solving the last mile of hybrid cloud. By making the file system transparent across the cloud and corporate data centers as well as eliminating the barriers of connectivity and authentication with the cloud, Panzura enables applications to run without a single change in the cloud, on-premises, or both.

Panzura transforms the cloud into another corporate data center, transparently blending the scale and economics of the cloud with the performance and flexibility of the corporate data center.

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