With the introduction of object storage has come the demand to provide standard file protocol access to leverage the power of object storage for legacy file applications and systems. The need for CIFS/SMB and NFS connectivity is clear. However, the solutions have not been so clear, and the market is still figuring this connectivity out. We see many “filer” products that leverage the cloud only to fall short in a number of ways. They typically don’t store the end-point filer data as objects; they store them as blocks or other opaque structures. This results in no native object access. There are other shortcomings with the security model, the expected performance, and the complexities of integrating into an existing IT environment. The ideal way to address this problem is to have zero impact on the end user and the NAS operator PLUS allow files to be accessed through the object storage interface.
So how do you support native file access and get the power of object?
Caringo provides a solution for file and object that bridges the gap—opening the world of object and providing friction-free use for legacy users. No change in the end user or NAS operators’ behavior. No training users. You can place your data where you want it, and easily retrieve it when you need it. From one to thousands of end point Files/NAS can share the same central storage pool for archive, backup, compliance, search, and big data analysis. So, if you have Microsoft® File Server(s) or NetApp® filer(s), FileFly™ for Swarm provides you with a clear path to optimize your data footprint and save on operations costs while moving to object-based storage—without friction, on the hardware of your choice, at your own pace.
With Caringo’s shared cloud management platform, CloudScaler™, you can offer pure object storage (Swarm, S3) to other projects—all sharing the same secure, protected, bulletproof storage platform. Through the use of Swarm Search and Collection management, you can gather and organize your data based on metadata. This allows files written via Windows and NetApp file servers to be read directly via the object interface. In addition, Swarm provides a global address space that contains data input via file or object. That is, files written via a Microsoft or NetApp filer will be available within the same shared address space as those written via object. A universal address space for your data set.
Once in Swarm the world of Swarm object storage is available to you. You can augment the metadata and leverage search to allow for a universe of possibilities for organizing, analyzing, securing, and protecting. With the enterprise-grade (limitless) storage of Swarm as the foundation, you get to keep all your data safe, plus gain the operational efficiencies of Swarm Object Store.
Want to bring your filer into the cloud age?
The file and object worlds have collided. File is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but software-defined object storage is the new foundation of the ever-growing pool of accumulating data. Files in object need not be painful or complex, they must provide for a global address space, they must coexist with objects. FileFly provides the necessary capabilities to truly bridge the file and object world.
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