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Move Petabytes to Microsoft Azure Without Re-Architecting Applications


SoftNAS® today announced the newest release of SoftNAS Cloud® that utilizes the wide spectrum of data stores available from the Microsoft Azure cloud platform ranging from high performance SSD-based to Azure Cool Blob storage. Azure customers using SoftNAS Cloud can now achieve both petabyte scale file storage and the best combination of cost, scale, data protection and high-availability (HA).

Customers can move their large-scale workloads to Azure with confidence and free themselves of the expense and complexity of traditional on-premises network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) appliances. Azure provides customers the flexibility to tune capacity and performance as needs change. Customers desiring an operating expense (opex) model pay only for services used with the ability to scale to petabytes with SoftNAS Cloud. Using SoftNAS Cloud on Azure, customers preserve compatibility with file-based applications, freeing budget for use on other important digital modernization projects that offer high business value. Customers achieve greater security and control because SoftNAS Cloud allows easy HA with automatic failover and seamless data access.

“Transitioning to cloud storage can be a challenge for enterprise customers, because many legacy applications aren’t designed to natively support object-based storage,” said Steven Hill, Senior Analyst, Storage with the 451 Group. “SoftNAS’ platform provides customers with familiar, file-based services using the Microsoft Azure object storage backend, offering the flexibility and economy of cloud storage while reducing the need for costly, on-premises hardware.”

“SoftNAS Cloud resonates with enterprise customers that want to migrate data and applications to Azure,” commented Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst, The Taneja Group. “SoftNAS Cloud provides the same on-premises, enterprise-class NAS functionality in the cloud, which means customers do not have to re-engineer applications when moving to the Azure cloud, saving time and money.”

“Microsoft Azure is dominant in the enterprise because it offers a flexible storage architecture. SoftNAS Cloud is dominant in the enterprise because SoftNAS Cloud provides scalability to petabytes, 360-degree data protection, and high availability with no proprietary storage, hardware, or operating system,” said Rick Braddy, CEO and CTO of SoftNAS. “SoftNAS Cloud allows customers using Azure to harness the inherent scale out ability of cloud-based storage systems.”

“Microsoft Azure provides massively scalable cloud storage. The availability of SoftNAS on Azure gives our mutual customers access to enterprise-grade cloud-based storage with more flexibility and choice, in a highly secure and compliant cloud,” said Venkat Gattamneni, director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp.

SoftNAS Cloud customers can adjust storage performance, protection, and capacity at any time to suit changing workload demands, unlike physical storage hardware appliances whose compute and storage capacities take days or weeks to adjust. The newest release of SoftNAS Cloud leverages Azure Hot Blob and Azure Cool Blob storage to present NFS, CIFS/SMB with Active Directory integration, iSCSI and AFP targets. The new version also supports Azure General-purpose and Azure Premium Storage types.

Enterprise-class SoftNAS Cloud features include deduplication, compression, storage snapshots, replication, thick and thin provisioning, and encryption in flight and at rest. Use cases include:

  • CIFS/SMB and NFS file services, and iSCSI block storage
  • General purpose file storage
  • Storage for off-site archive, backups and data archival instead of tape
  • Cloud migration – from private to public clouds
  • Block replication to/from other clouds
  • User file home directories
  • Unstructured data repository for application hosting
  • Video/media storage and sharing
  • SaaS-enable legacy applications without converting to an object architecture
  • DevOps build/test environments
  • Enterprise source code control

About SoftNAS

SoftNAS®, Inc. is the leading provider of software-defined NAS solutions and protects mission-critical data for customers using any combination of public, private and hybrid clouds. SoftNAS provides customers enterprise-class data protection, security, and performance required to safely, predictably, and reliably operate IT systems and applications. SoftNAS believes in powerful, hassle-free data management and works with any hardware, any data type, across any geography, and with any IT environment, including the most popular public, private, and hybrid cloud computing platforms: Amazon® AWS™, Microsoft® Azure™, CenturyLink Cloud® and VMware vSphere®.

Learn more: https://softnas.com/azure
SoftNAS Cloud free 30-day trial: http://www.softnas.com/TryAzureNow
Twitter: http://twitter.com/softnas
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/company/softnas

SoftNAS SoftNAS, LLC is a leading storage software company that provides Simply Powerful agile storage software that protects mission-critical and business-critical data in the cloud. SoftNAS believes that storage can be both powerful and frictionless, providing customers with the enterprise-grade NAS storage capabilities required to safely and reliably operate mission-critical IT systems and applications in the cloud. SoftNAS supports the most popular cloud computing platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and VMware.

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