By using Avere’s storage architecture as a building block for your private or public cloud implementation, you can extend all of the benefits of an Avere solution - performance, scalability, cost savings, and ease of management - to your remote locations and users. They’ll gain remote data-access performance that is equivalent to that of local access. You’ll benefit from the elimination of expensive storage server silos in remote geographic locations and the centralization of data management and retention.
The ability for users to access data stored remotely without degradation in performance, administrative complexity, high costs, vendor lock-in, or loss of data coherence are all important concerns for organizations in the deployment of cloud storage, whether private or public.
By using Avere’s NAS Optimization architecture as the gateway to the cloud, the benefits to your organization are:
With Avere, you can extend the benefits of tiered NAS - performance, scalability, cost savings and ease of management - that you receive in your data center out to your remote locations.
The Avere architecture allows you to keep copies of the most frequently accessed data closest to the users on a locally resident FXT node or cluster of nodes. These nodes communicate over your WAN links to mass storage systems within your data center (Figure 1) or to your cloud provider (Figure 2), with data promoted from the storage systems to a local FXT cluster based upon how often the data is requested by remote users.
As a result, application performance improves greatly because users aren’t subject to the latency involved in accessing all data across the WAN with every file operation. Moreover, data stays consistent because the FXT nodes communicate among themselves and with the data center or public cloud storage servers.
With Avere enabling your cloud access, the overhead of managing storage servers across disparate locations becomes a thing of the past. Each Avere node and cluster can be configured and managed remotely, with new clients, FXT nodes, or storage servers added to the mix as needed – by you or your service provider - with no disruption to applications or downtime for users. Because data consistency scheduling is handled directly within the management console of the cluster, there are no costly separate mirroring applications to worry about either. Best of all, it works in all storage environments that support NFS, with no proprietary protocols or compression techniques to worry about.