Avere Cloud NAS Enables Freedom to Store and Access Data Anywhere Without Compromises


Key Highlights

• Avere Cloud NAS drives the cost out of data storage with unlimited capacity scaling in the cloud and unlimited performance scaling at the edge of the data center.

• Existing on-premises storage systems are tightly integrated with cloud storage to enable highly available, secure and scalable performance.

• Avere FlashCloud™ for FXT Series Edge filers introduced. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier first to be supported.


Avere Systems today announced Avere Cloud NAS, a groundbreaking solution that changes the economics and functionality of data storage for the cloud era. Avere Cloud NAS enables companies to leverage public and private storage clouds for workloads previously limited to on-premises high-performance storage systems.

Bridging the Gap Between Cloud Economics and Performance

Enterprises understand the potential game-changing economics provided by cloud storage, but limitations such as an unfamiliar object interface, unreliable performance due to high latency and concerns regarding availability of data have prevented many from taking advantage of the tremendous cost savings that the cloud offers. Avere Cloud NAS helps enterprises overcome these hurdles by providing a purpose-built enterprise solution that integrates their existing storage systems with the cloud without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data.

“We have decades of media assets that we must store, representing petabytes of data,” said Steve Kowalski, vice president of systems engineering at Sony Pictures Imageworks. “Avere Cloud NAS presents an opportunity to reduce the cost and footprint associated with this type of storage in conjunction with a company whose products we know and trust.”

Avere FlashCloud Software for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier Access Provides One Global View of Files

A key component of Avere Cloud NAS is the introduction of Avere FlashCloud software that integrates legacy Network Attached Storage (NAS) with Amazon S3 and Glacier services into a single global namespace (GNS) that presents a unified view of all files via familiar NAS protocols. FlashCloud running on Avere's performance-leading FXT Edge filers ensures:

• Scalable performance guarantees there is always sufficient CPU and network I/O for demanding applications.

• Scalable capacity enables a large working set of active data, up to 450TB, to be stored on the enterprise premises to ensure a high “hit rate” and low latency access to data.

• Clustering for high availability ensures that data is always available even in the presence of network outages and other failures.

“Avere has always been on the forefront of pushing the boundaries of file storage performance and efficiency. Avere Cloud NAS is a natural evolution of the product, advancing the adoption of cloud storage for serious business use cases,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “This latest offering provides that critical link for enterprise customers to utilize the cloud so they can reduce capital and operational expenses while benefitting from Avere's benefit of scale out and scale up performance.”

Unmatched Flexibility for Movement and Migration Between Cloud and Legacy NAS Storage

In conjunction with Avere FlashCloud, existing Avere products such as FlashMove™ and FlashMirror™ provide a fast path for easily moving online, live data to and from the cloud without disruption. Data can also be moved between cloud providers or mirrored to another location to mitigate the risk of a service outage.

“We are currently working with customers who have massive amounts of data who had never thought it was possible to leverage the cloud for more than a fraction of their storage,” said Ron Bianchini, Avere president and CEO. “Avere Cloud NAS eliminates the most serious technological challenges these customers face with moving to the cloud. Moreover, the combination of Avere with Amazon Web Services offerings gives them an enormous cost advantage over traditional storage models and allows them to bend the data center cost curve.”

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