What is Unified Storage?
A unified storage architecture ensures that all protocols (file storage, block and soon object) can be supported from the same pool of storage, with the same set of data reduction, data protection, data management and multi-site replication services managed and operated in one consistent way.
Why Unified Storage from Nexenta?
Being delivered as a software only solution further increases flexibility and consistency, eliminates hardware lock-in, facilitates migration of data and services to public cloud, significantly reduces storage costs, and generally simplifies storage management and scaling.
NexentaStor is the industry’s leading software-defined storage (SDS) platform, built on a unified storage architecture to deliver full-featured block and file services on bare metal, in private cloud, or in the public cloud.
How Nexenta Delivers Unified Storage
NexentaStor file services support NFSv3, NFSv4 and SMB 2.1 and SMB 3 protocols, including advanced features such as SMB 3 encryption, SMB 3 persistent handles and SMB 3 transparent failover. This allows NexentaStor unified storage to provide high performance, high available file based storage services to VMware and Hyper-V virtualized environments.
The NexentaStor SMB service runs inside the kernel, allowing tight integration with the underlying file system native support of NFSv4 style Access Control Lists for user access and permissions. This makes the solution particularly powerful in mixed Unix and Windows environments where the same file system must be concurrently shared over NFS and SMB to Unix and Windows users.
For even more complex file share environments, NexentaStor supports Multi-Tenant File Services allowing a single system instance to be configured with tenant specific resource containers, each with its own independent IP space and Active Directory configuration.
Enterprises currently using legacy hardware appliances for their block and file services can confidently switch to software-defined unified storage from Nexenta for all their network attached storage (NAS) needs. With Nexenta, they leverage features such as space optimized snapshots, clones, replication, QoS, VMware, OpenStack and Kubernetes integration and worldwide 24x7 support.
Deployed as a virtual storage appliance, NexentaStor unified storage provides secure enterprise file services for hyper-converged appliance users as well as VMware users with all-flash block storage arrays, without any additional hardware purchase.
Read more about adding NAS capabilities and delivering full-featured enterprise file services with a software-defined unified storage solution by visiting our NexentaStor VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance) page.
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