Metadata—data about data—is used to identify file location, file size, creation date, time and user, among other details. This metadata is what a file system uses to find and organize data and it’s the foundation for performance in CloudFS.
How CloudFS Uses Global Metadata
Ransomware and other cyberattacks are a constant threat. For enterprises, becoming a victim of one of these threats has become a matter of when, not if — so they need to be prepared. CloudFS ensures you’ll never need to pay a ransom, and that your data will be back to normal quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
Fast Local Access
CloudFS uses flash storage for fast metadata access and caching. Flash enables the system to handle random IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) workloads extremely quickly, and to respond efficiently to sequential read requests when users try to open files. High IOPS and low latency are essential to file system performance.
Flash storage is about 100 times faster than legacy disk drives and provides up to 400 times more IOPS. So even on a traditional array, it makes sense to put metadata on flash where user requests will be served quickly. Every major enterprise storage solution uses flash for metadata and caching.
Fast Global Synchronization
If a user changes a file in one office, file metadata needs to update immediately in every other location, or your productivity can be negatively impacted. Panzura’s patented technology keeps metadata synchronized in real time, in every filer, in every location so your entire team has an up-to-the-moment view of every file, whether they’re working from your head office, or from their home.