Panzura’s Award Winning

Hybrid Cloud NAS

Best of Cloud Storage 🤝 Best of Local File Performance

Legacy NAS Has Past Its Best

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) has been the storage solution of choice for managing unstructured data for 3 decades. The technology developed to let organizations work on files stored in local data centers, or even on premises, became the gold standard for productivity and collaborative file sharing, within individual locations.  

However, NAS was designed for a different time, with different file sharing requirements, and far less data. The explosive growth of unstructured data and the global nature of enterprises and organizations have overwhelmed it, with the only available option to simply keep buying yet another network attached storage device. Back up data can only be achieved by making copies, which require yet more storage space, making NAS extremely complex to manage and costly to maintain.

The 3 Biggest Problems With

NAS is Local, Not Distributed

Ideal for performant local file sharing, but cannot effectively share large data sets over distance.

NAS is Complex, and Costly

Backup and DR processes strain IT, contribute to data bloat, and still limit data availability and durability.

NAS is Difficult, and Expensive, to Scale

Managing exponential data growth with NAS means purchasing, and managing ever more hardware.

Is Moving to Cloud Storage the Answer?

Migrating data to the cloud offers significant benefits, but brings with it a set of performance, workflow, and application management challenges that can cause serious disruption.

The 3 Big Benefits of

Cloud Storage is Economical

At a cost of pennies per GB, cloud storage offers affordability that on-premise storage cannot match.

Cloud Storage Scales As Required

Never over-buy storage again, with on-demand scalability that can grow to support any data set.

Cloud Storage is Durable

By replicating data to redundant data centers in disparate locations, cloud providers can offer 13 9s, or greater, durability.

2 Mega Challenges of

Connecting to the Cloud Just Isn’t Fast Enough

Working with cloud object storage cannot match local data center performance. The distance between users and storage means latency has a significant impact on speed. This limits the workloads that can migrate to the cloud since many applications and users have a continuous demand on performance.

Applications Don’t Understand Data Blocks

Applications and business workflows have been built around traditional SMB and NFS protocols. In short, they understand files, not object blocks. Migrating to the cloud, which uses object storage, means rewriting applications or changing established business processes. That’s slow, and very costly.

Hybrid Cloud NAS Delivers the Best of Both Worlds

Panzura CloudFS™ is an intelligent, cost effective, hybrid cloud NAS designed for enterprise workloads. It is the ONLY hybrid cloud NAS that provides real-time, global data consistency. 

That means  every user in your network can see the latest updates that have been made and saved to a file, the moment they open that file for editing. This immediate file consistency applies to every location, no matter how many locations they are or how much distance is between them. 

This, along with automatic global file locking and local-feeling file performance, delivers a local NAS experience at cloud NAS scale, across the entire global file system.  

Global distributed file locking - Panzura

Intelligent, Hybrid Cloud Data Management

Organizations and enterprises using Panzura’s hybrid cloud NAS report storage consolidation and storage footprint reduction, cost savings, performance improvement, and seamless file sharing in real time for improved productivity. They also gain data resilience without replication, including imperviousness to ransomware.

Consolidate data storage (reducing total storage required by up to 70%)

The use of legacy NAS in the enterprise has resulted in islands of storage that are difficult to manage, limit scalability, and do not provide effective file sharing across sites. 

CloudFS’ patented, global deduplication process strips out redundant, duplicated, unstructured data from all locations and consolidates it into a single, authoritative data source in the public, private or dark cloud of your choice. This can reduce your storage footprint by up to 70%.

Gain data durability without replication

Cloud providers themselves replicate data in geographically separate regions, achieving data durability. With Panzura, you no longer have to replicate your own data for backup and disaster recovery purposes.   

Panzura stores data in cloud object storage in immutable form, and further protects it with read-only snapshots of the file system, taken at configurable intervals. Restoring files, folders or even the whole file system is simply a matter of restoring the applicable snapshot.

Become impervious to ransomware

Panzura’s intelligent approach to data management prevents stored data from being encrypted by ransomware or other malware and provides a granular ability to restore files. Once in object storage, data is held in immutable form. As files are created or edited, changes are stored as new data blocks, which do not overwrite or affect existing data. 

In the event of an attack, data blocks containing encrypted data can effectively be shrugged off, by restoring files and folders to a previous snapshot. Panzura’s default (configurable) snapshot interval is 60 minutes, with user snapshots taken every 60 seconds.

Power enterprise workloads

CloudFS supports both NFS and SMB as high performance protocols simultaneously. In addition to traditional CIFS file sharing, high performance NFS expands coverage for engineering, simulation, imaging, and software development applications.

Advanced services such as NVRAM acceleration and intelligent caching, along with patented Panzura SmartCache technology, ensure the highest possible performance across every unstructured data workload.

Move applications to the cloud without rewrite

Panzura allows workflows that rely on applications developed to read and write to files, not data blocks, to migrate to cloud storage without rewriting as much as a line of code.

Gain security and compliance

Panzura is FIPS 140-2 certified with AES-256 bit encryption.