Nasuni - Cloud Storage for SMB

Nasuni - Cloud Storage for SMB

Summary: Can cloud storage help small to medium size organizations really save money?

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TOPICS: Storage, Hardware
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Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni, and I spent some time speaking about economic and market trends and how cloud-based storage solutions just might be helpful to small to medium sized organizations. As always, Andres' thoughts were interesting, pragmatic and appeared, on first glance anyway, right on target.

In Andres' view, organizations are facing an environment that severely challenges their capability to respond. The customer is expecting them to constantly provide new, customized services and this forces them to look at ways to expand what their IT systems do. At the same time, these same organizations are facing the need to cut costs at almost any cost.

Although not a complete solution to the problem, Andres believes that a good place to start is to look at storage-related costs and see if placing some, or perhaps all, of the organizations data into a cloud-based solution would lower their overall costs, increase overall reliability and expand both scalability and flexibility. He would present that using cloud-based storage would offer the following benefits:

  • Trusted third-party or private clouds provide the storage. This may be significantly more reliable than local storage because it is being better managed.
  • Capacity is unlimited and adjusts automatically. Storage cost can be better aligned to the organization's needs over time.
  • Choose from a selection of clouds. The best fit for the organization's needs can be selected.
  • Divide files among providers. This approach creates a redundant, fail over environment without also requiring expensive clustered storage solutions.
  • End-to-end encryption secures files on your premises. Those organizations that worry about data leakage or misuse can 1) keep critical files on local machines and 2) encrypt off-premise data for better protection.
  • While Nasuni faces a number of competitors, Andres believes that "try it and buy it" approach will make a Nasuni decision easy. I think that Nasuni's biggest challenge is not the technology, but helping the industry understand the benefits of cloud computing in general and cloud storage in specific.

Topics: Storage, Hardware

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Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • Baa

    I've been thinking a lot about the future of IT recently, and storage in particular, and I've come to the conclusion that most of you 'pundits' at ZDNET are corporate sheep.

    What on earth makes you think that a small business strapped for cash wants to pay AMAZON rates for data ... PLUS extra for a (nice) piece of middleware? Have you forgotten what its like in the real world, where you need cashflow to make sure you don't go bankrupt before the next period?

    I like the idea of a simple middleware product to make life easy ... but I think it would be far better interworking with lower-grade 'providers'. Most likely a consumer-grade, peer-to-peer file sharing system will work for 3 years (the typical configuration for a new business) ... back that up with another equally low-grade copy on another site ... and you turn 98% into 99.9%. Now 99.9% is far greater than the survival chances of most new businesses. If you think your operation has made it ... then two low-grade backups. (Of course if the vendors provided RAID 6 at reasonable, instead of extortionate, cost then job done already ...).

    My points are that you have completely forgotten the RAID principle invented in 1988 and cling to the major vendors whose scare tactics are aimed at selling vastly over-priced storage options. You are a corporate sheep.
    jacksonjohn
    • RE: Nasuni - Cloud Storage for SMB

      @johnfenjackson@... First of all, if you take a moment to scan through my bio, you'd discover that I'm not an employee of ZDnet. So, when I say something, it is my personal opinion, not that of ZDnet, CNET or CBS Interactive. So, generalizing from my comments to the position of ZDnet overall and then going on to come to the conclusion that everyone directly and remotely related to the company really isn't supportable.

      I thought that this company has interesting technology and presents it in a way that could be very persuasive to a company that is wanting to move IT expenses from being a capital expense to an operational expense.

      Since I've been around IT since the late 1970s, I'm very familiar with RAID and other forms of storage technology. In this case, if a company is trying to move from a capital expense for storage equipment to an operational expense for the same equipment, suggesting that they purchase more equipment isn't the best option to suggest.

      Thanks, however, for taking the time to comment.

      Dan K
      dkusnetzky
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