Avere's NAS Filer Reaches into Amazon's Cloud

By Pedro Hernandez

Avere is expanding its intelligent network attached storage (NAS) footprint onto the cloud, the Pittsburg-based startup announced during the AWS re:Invent event in San Francisco.

Avere Cloud NAS connects on-premise enterprise storage systems with Amazon's massive cloud computing and storage platform -- and compliant private cloud implementations -- to provide IT organizations with an economical means of providing high-performance file operations while accommodating cloud-scale storage requirements. It's a balancing act made possible by new FlashCloud software for the company's FXT Series Edge filers.

FXT filers employ non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM), solid-state drives (SSDs) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives to help organizations match performance with current file activity. The company's automated tiering technology places frequently accessed, need-it-now data on NVRAM and SSDs, allowing businesses to fine-tune the economics of their file storage setups.

During the Avere FXT 3800's debut, Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems, boasted of "the massive advantages of a hybrid approach that can precisely match the storage media to the data being accessed." He added, "when deployed as part of our edge-core architecture, it also delivers the flexibility businesses need to locate storage where it makes most sense for the business."

Today, the company is adding cloud storage to the mix.

Avere Cloud NAS is "a purpose-built enterprise solution that integrates existing enterprise storage systems with the cloud," wrote Avere's Rebecca Thompson, Vice President of Marketing, in a company blog post. Describing FlashCloud as a "key component of Avere Cloud NAS," the software "integrates legacy network-attached storage (NAS) with Amazon S3 and Glacier services into a single global namespace (GNS) that presents a unified view of all files via familiar NAS protocols."

FlashCloud supports Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and its Glacier archival storage service. Other providers are in the works, the company hinted. The platform can scale to provide local storage of up to 450 TB, enabling organizations to keep a large working set of active data on premises while ensuring "a high 'hit rate' and low latency access to data," according to the company.

In remarks, Bianchini asserted that Avere Cloud NAS opened up more cost-advantageous file storage options for enterprises. The solution "eliminates the most serious technological challenges these customers face with moving to the cloud," he said.

"Moreover, the combination of Avere with Amazon Web Services offerings gives them an enormous cost advantage over traditional storage models and allows them to bend the data center cost curve," said Bianchini.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on November 13, 2013