What the cloud file system means for the enterprise

Published by: Ekovox
Date: 12/22/2017
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What are the features of Nasuni's UniFS file system that makes it optimized to leverage cloud object storage? 


Dave Littman:                     Hi, Dave Littman, Truth in IT. And I am back again here joined by Tom Rose, CMO of Nasuni and Fred Pinkett, Senior Director of Marketing with Nasuni. Hey guys, welcome.

Tom Rose:                              Hi David.

Fred Pinkett:                        Thank you David.

Dave Littman:                     So hey in our last video we talked about how you guys have really changed the game and evolved over time from working predominantly with SMB customers to now working with the enterprise. So what is it about your guys' technology that has been so readily accepted by large enterprises?

Tom Rose:                              Sure I think in a lot of times it takes companies, especially when you're first starting a company, to kind of get the market fit and the technology. You know, get that fit right. And Nasuni's kind of taken a couple of iterations to get there, but we think we've arrived now. Really, when you look at what the founding innovation of Nasuni is. And By the way Nasuni stands for NAS Unified. So it's going to kind of help you understand why that founding innovation is.

                                                      We built the first file system that can live inside cloud object storage. All file systems before us really are device or controller based. We've actually taken the i-node structure of a file system, metadata, everything lives in the cloud, so therefore it scales infinitely. And our approach with our file services platform is we give end users access to the most frequently accessed data through local edge appliances. And so really, those edge appliances are really simply windows into the full cloud behind that, so really taking a very cloud native approach. This technology approach appeals to the largest enterprises in the world, who had typically more than 50 terabytes of unstructured file data, and often more than three locations that they have to share files across. Because now, with Nasuni, they have a single name space that allows them to store files once. And then they can spin out these edge appliances any location, and have access to the exact same files. And we do all the hard work of aligning all the versions, and making sure that there's no version conflict with global file locking. So really, ideally suited toward use cases that, creative content, AutoCAD. So want to talk maybe some of the vertical spread that we're [crosstalk 00:02:19].

Fred Pinkett:                        Yeah. So if you look at some of the challenges some of these companies are focusing, it's around the massive growth of files, so we were just talking about design files, and they're going from 2-D to 3-D modeling, and you have kind of unstructured data, where companies can scan the model of a building, and create this massive model and have to be able to deal with it. In healthcare, they're going from 2-D to 3-D imaging, and so that's massively increases the size of files that they have to work with. And our system allows them to deal with that scale, to be able to protect that data at scale. Tom was talking about the versionings. We have the ability to do that. So being able to access those files across multiple locations, to be able to deal with that, and to be able to manage that whole system for one unified management console, which is also important in the enterprise.

Dave Littman:                     Yeah. It's cool. You guys are really at the heart of digital transformation. We're seeing it all over. Companies are digitizing more and more of their world, and they need more complex and updated, evolved solutions to protect, and access, and manage that data.

                                                      We'd love to have you guys back. I know we want to talk about the evolution of the file system itself. So let's cut another video. For now, I want to thank Tom Rose, Fred Pinkett, with Nasuni. Check them out at Nasuni.com.

Tom Rose:                              Thanks David.

Fred Pinkett:                        Thanks.