Enterprise File Storage Simplified in the Cloud

SaaS platform combines file and object storage to deliver simplicity, scale, and savings.



Nasuni (https://www.nasuni.com/) offers simplicity with storage, backup, DR, and file sync all in one platform -- a single console for centralized provisioning and management. It scales with capacity-on-demand and provides distributed access and collaboration without latency. It provides savings of up to 70% less than traditional file storage and eliminates the need for infrastructure refreshes.


The 41st IT Press Tour had the opportunity to meet with Dave Grant, Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Flanagan, President & CEO, Anne Blanchard, Sr. Dir., Product Marketing, John Capello, VP of Strategy and Field CTO, Nick Burling, VP of Product Management, and Parrish Blaska, Sr. Director of Marketing, virtually.


Nasuni's mission is to bring the simplicity, scale, and economics of object storage to the file storage, data protection, and data management markets. It's an enterprise-class platform protecting 3 billion files every week. It is realizing 98.5% revenue retention and 120% revenue growth from existing clients.


According to IDC, here's how the storage market size and growth will look by 2025:

  • Object 25.1% CAGR

  • Block 30.1% CAGR

  • File 41.1% CAGR

File data continues moving to the cloud. Nasuni is seeing a significant shift in 2021 versus 2020 in deals compared to NTAP cloud or Azure Files not on-prem like they were in 2020.


The public cloud providers will win a portion with their first-party offerings. NetApp will win a portion with its cloud offerings. Nasuni aspires to be independent for multi-cloud plus other added capabilities. They have been displacing NetApp and Isilon for the past year.


Go-To-Market


Nasuni co-sells via partnerships with cloud providers. Offering complimentary file storage offerings is a win/win with Nasuni and object storage. They enable clients to scale on public clouds economically.


Customers love that it’s simple to use and contains everything you need to consolidate, collaborate and enable file access.


Architecture


Cloud object storage with edge performance across all public clouds. Move between clouds easily by connecting with the object store simply. It is built on a versioning system separate from any particular object-store.


It covers the spectrum from hardware-centric to cloud-native. Because they are cloud-native, Nasuni is best prepared to support across all public clouds – scalable with no limits, local end-user performance, open, multi-cloud storage, multi-site file sync and lock, built-in file backup, DR, ransomware mitigation. No other companies that the public cloud providers may buy have this - no one else in this space was "born in the cloud."


Use Cases: Complexity Simplified


Complex: 10PB deployment AWS FSx ONTAP lift and shift file storage in manufacturing are very complex. Files and metadata are spread across 55 instances due to the 192TB file system limit. Data is tiered across SSD performance and S3 capacity tiers, but metadata must live on SSD for DR, causing SSD costs to increase as capacity scales. NetApp Global File Cache requires full Windows servers at each edge location for file caching, and WAN bandwidth for data propagation. NetApp GFC requires multiple Windows server core instances for orchestration of caching and sync. No cloud-based file acceleration or file locking. Snapshot and backup limits. Edge DR requires rebuilding Windows. Multiple management consoles.


Simple: Same 10PB deployment in Nasuni. Cloud-native file storage. All files and metadata are consolidated in one or more volumes in the UniFS files system in object storage (no tiering). Nasuni Edge VMs cache copies of only necessary files and metadata, minimizing capacity requirements. Edge VM connections are HTTPS outbound and are not dependent on P2P connections for data propagation. A true global file system with file acceleration and file locking for conflict-free file sharing across sites. Edge VMs can be deployed in the cloud (EC2) and on-prem (local hypervisor) with equal performance (no Nasuni or Windows licensing fee). Sub five-minute RPO provides granular recovery and ransomware protection with unlimited versioning. A centralized management console for all eight sites including full API support.


Complex: 1.5PB deployment with NetApp CVO lift and shift file services in healthcare. Lift and shift file services. Files and metadata spread across 5 instances due to the 368TB file system (volume) limit. Data tiered across SSD performance and Azure Blob capacity tiers, but metadata must live on SSD for DR, causing SSD costs to increase as you scale capacity. NetApp Global File Cache requires Windows server core instance for orchestration of caching and sync for each volume. NetApp GFC requires full Windows servers at each edge location for file caching, and WAN bandwidth for data propagation. Each Edge Instance only supports 200 users so multiple Windows machines are required for each volume. Edge DR requires rebuilding Windows servers. Multiple management consoles are required.


Simple: The same 1.5PB deployment with Nasuni. All files and metadata are consolidated in one volume in the UniFS file system in object storage (no tiering). Nasuni Edge VMs cache copies of only necessary files and metadata, minimizing capacity requirements. Edge VM connections are HTTPS outbound and are not dependent on P2P connections for data propagation. A true global file system with file acceleration and file locking for conflict-free file sharing across sites. Edge VMs can be deployed in the cloud or on-prem (local hypervisor) with equal performance (no Nasuni or Windows licensing fee). Sub 5-minute RPO provides granular recovery and ransomware protection with unlimited versioning. Full DR on Edge VMs in 15 minutes. The centralized management console for all 8 sites includes full API support.


Ransomware


Nasuni rapid ransomware recovery. Speed of recovery matters. Nasuni lets customers recover files in minutes. Customers get very current RPOs based on very frequent snapshots. Surgical recovery minimizes the impact on productivity.


Global File Acceleration


Global file acceleration (GFA) is an included feature that speeds up file synchronization across sites. Nasuni-hosted cloud service accelerates propagation of new files between Edge appliances with an average performance of fewer than 30 seconds per appliance.


Orchestration Center


Nasuni orchestration center (NOC) active/active global lock architecture. NOC 2021 Total - API growth. Total API requests 50 billion. Up 22% from 2021, an average of 1,576 requests per second. Total global lock API requests 39.3 billion. Total other (push lock, licensing, etc.) NOC API requests 10.4 billion. Total production releases 100.


Nasuni Labs


Nasuni Labs is the open-source GitHub account that enables developers to gain early access to the latest emerging innovations from Nasuni. The objective is to spark innovative ideas and ease communication between customers. The GitHub account, managed by Nasuni, hosts open-source projects built using the Nasuni platform and other third-party technologies: Nasuni Management Console API, Data API, Nasuni edge appliance, Nasuni analytics connector, Amazon OpenSearch, Terraform, Docker, and more. Solutions are developed by Nasuni and made publicly available on the GitHub accounts for customers to use and customize. Nasuni does not charge for these tools through some cloud platform costs may be incurred (e.g., S3, EC2, Azure, Blob, etc.)


How Nasuni Labs helps. Simplify and scale a Nasuni environment with customized solutions. Search the content on Nasuni files with Amazon Kendra. Detect and search PII data with Azure Purview. Automate and orchestrate the deployment and configuration of Nasuni appliances. Streamline Nasuni Management Console operations.


The Future


Nasuni plans to continue building new file data services across these areas: ransomware protection, data mobility, data intelligence, anywhere access, and SaaS integration.