Avere Systems Offers Up a Cloud NAS World
Network-attached storage (NAS) has a prominent position in the IT world in managing semi-structured and unstructured file data, but many current implementations face significant challenges. Due to explosive data growth, how to successfully scale both performance and capacity while keeping costs under control has become ever more difficult. Traditional architectures are often hard-pressed to keep up with performance demands. The need to take advantage of Web-scale economics for both the private and public cloud is becoming increasingly evident. Avere Systems with its cloud NAS approach promises to meet those challenges.
The traditional NAS architecture has compute servers and workstations directly accessing NAS filers. Avere Systems offers with it calls edge servers (Avere FXT Series Edge Servers is the product family) in front of traditional filers which have been renamed core filers. The edge filers intercept all I/Os and take the necessary storage-related actions.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.