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How SoftNAS Can Help You Lift and Shift Your Application Data to the Cloudby Yolande Yip 12/15/2017 - You have decided to move some of your applications and data to the cloud.  You’ve started up a new instance in the cloud with your business application running on it.  Great, but now you need to Lift existing data from your datacenter and Shift it to the cloud for the application to access.   Trying to create a “build your own” Lift and Shift solution can be challenging with a number of questions to consider: Do you have a high-speed network connection with low latency to efficiently transfer the data over the network to the cloud? Is your new application compatible with the type of storage you want to use in the cloud? Do you have an automated solution to help you manage the migration of the data to the cloud and keeps it synchronized as your live data changes? Why not consider solution that is already up to the challenge of handling the task of Lifting and Shifting your data to the cloud? It may be time to give SoftNAS Cloud® Platinum Beta Lift and Shift feature a try and see how SoftNAS can help. (For more information on the SoftNAS Cloud® Platinum Beta, click here.)     The Lift and Shift feature of the SoftNAS Cloud® Platinum Beta is available today (an updated Beta with support for use of UltraFast™ with Lift and Shift coming soon) to allow you to learn how it can help you migrate your application data to the cloud. The Lift and Shift feature is presented as an easy to use wizard UI in SoftNAS StorageCenter that allows you to select what data you want to migrate to the cloud, the type of cloud storage to use, the ability to pause and resume the data flow so you don’t consume valuable network bandwidth during peak business hours with the option for continuous synchronization that will discover and send updated and new files to the cloud in a few easy steps:     The wizard will build a FlexFiles™ NiFi flow for you to orchestrate the migration of your data to the cloud. Once you have completed your configuration using the wizard and your configuration has passed all the automated pre-checks, you can simply start the Lift and Shift flow and your data will start to be lifted from your source storage and shifted to the cloud. Your data will be saved to the #1 selling... Read more
How SoftNAS Can Help You Get to the Cloudby Yolande Yip 12/15/2017 - Hybrid Clouds, Multi Cloud, Private and Public clouds, do you have a plan for your journey to the cloud? Want to start planning your journey today? Time to check out the free Beta of SoftNAS Cloud® Platinum.
How Can Cloud Infrastructure Help You Stay Competitive?by Michael Richtberg 12/6/2017 - We've become so accustomed to locking in certain functionality when we buy hardware devices that it's now something we expect to upgrade in the future. Think about your smartphone, your desktops, your cars and all of your datacenter equipment. Even if what you have is still working, but it's not as great anymore, we either live with it or justify how to upgrade our older, inefficient productivity tools and infrastructure to get the latest capabilities.
Why SoftNAS on AWS?by Yolande Yip 11/21/2017 - Why Use SoftNAS on AWS? SoftNAS Cloud® Enterprise and SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials for AWS extend the native storage capabilities of AWS and feature the POSIX-compliant and required storage access protocols needed to create a virtual cloud NAS, without having to re-engineer existing customer applications. SoftNAS Cloud products allow customers to migrate existing applications and data to AWS with NFS, CIFS/SMB, iSCSI or AFP support. Customers gain the performance, data protection and flexibility needed to move to the cloud cost effectively and ensure successful project outcomes (e.g., snapshots, rapid recovery, mirroring, cloning, high availability, deduplication and compression). Each customer’s journey to the cloud is unique and SoftNAS solutions are designed to facilitate adopting cloud projects according to what makes the most immediate business sense, resulting in the highest return on invested resources (budget, people, time). Whether your need is to consolidate file servers globally, utilize the cloud for data archival or backup, migrate SaaS and other business applications, or carry out Big Data or IoT projects, SoftNAS products on AWS deliver effective, tangible results. When to use SoftNAS Cloud versus Amazon EFS? SoftNAS Cloud is a best-in-class software-defined, virtual, unified Cloud NAS/SAN storage solution for businesses that need control of their data as well as frictionless and agile access to AWS cloud storage. SoftNAS Cloud supports AWS EBS and S3 Object storage;  SoftNAS Cloud is deployed by thousands of organizations worldwide, supporting a wide array of application and workload use cases. Amazon EFS provides basic and scalable file-based NFS access for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. As a basic NFS filer, Amazon EFS is easy to use, allowing quick and simple creation and configuration of file systems. The multi-tenant architecture of EFS accommodates elastic growth and scales up and down for AWS customers that require basic cloud file services.   If you need more than a basic cloud filer on AWS, SoftNAS Cloud is the right choice: For mission-critical cloud data requirements that demand low latency, high-availability with the highest-performance cloud storage I/O possible. SoftNAS ObjectBacker™ increases storage I/O performance up to 400% faster, giving customers performance approaching that of EBS at the price of S3 storage. For environments with multiple cloud storage projects that require an enterprise-class, virtual NAS storage solution that provides flexible and granular pricing and control with performance and instance-selection capabilities. For customers with low cloud storage requirements (low TBs) that don’t want... Read more
Why We’re Hereby Rick Braddy 11/9/2017 - As the founder of a company, it’s common to be asked “why did you start SoftNAS?”  People are curious as to what drives a person to start a company, take so many risks and do what to many must seem like gambling with your life and career… Personally, I’m an entrepreneur and inventor.  I love creating things.  And I enjoy solving problems for customers.  Okay – probably the same kind of answers you’d get from most entrepreneurs – we’re passionate about what we do!  But why did I start SoftNAS? I originally started SoftNAS for two reasons: I was a disgruntled storage customer who was fed up with traditional on-premise storage. The high costs of traditional storage was one of the primary causes of the failure of a startup where I was CTO for a time. This was a painful failure and one I felt could’ve been avoided, had things been different. I was at a fork in the road personally. I was coming off of another failed startup – and each one of those takes its toll on you, and I’m not exactly a spring chicken, and so either I could start another one and risk it all or play it safe and go take another executive position with a Fortune whatever company, probably move my family out of Texas again, and play the politics and cash in my chips and retire someday that way. It wasn’t an easy decision. I just knew I was onto something because it was clear to me that customers were overpaying for traditional storage, it was too complicated and hard to deploy and use, and the capital intensive hardware model just didn’t fit how a subscription-based business got paid.  So there were technical, usability and business model issues with the existing model.  To me, this looked ripe for disruptive innovation.  Keep in mind this was 2012, before the cloud was totally obvious to anyone other than AWS. I asked my best friend what he thought.  Should I go for it and take the risks or take the least risky path and just get another job?  He knows me well, and he said “go for it, you can always find another job if and when you need to.”  So that’s what I did.  That night I started SoftNAS and here we are 5 and a half years later.  Boy am I glad I did!... Read more
The Cloud’s Achilles Heel – The Networkby Rick Braddy 11/7/2017 - SoftNAS began its life in the cloud and rapidly rose to become the #1 best-selling NAS in the AWS cloud in 2014, a leadership position we have maintained and continue to build upon today. We and our customers have been operating cloud native since 2013, when we originally launched on AWS. Over that time, we have helped thousands of customers move everything from mission-critical applications to entire data centers of applications and infrastructure into the cloud.  In 2015, we expanded support to Microsoft Azure, which has become a tremendous area of growth for our business. By working closely with so many customers with greatly varying environments over the years, we’ve learned a lot as an organization – about the challenges customers face in the cloud – and getting to the cloud in the first place with big loads of data in the hundreds of terabytes to petabyte scale. Aside from security, the biggest challenge area tends to be the network – the Internet.  Hybrid cloud uses a mixture of on-premises and public cloud services with data transfers and messaging orchestration between them, so it all relies on the networks.  Cloud migrations must often navigate various corporate networks and the WAN, in addition to the Internet. The Internet is the data transmission system for the cloud, like power lines distribute power throughout the electrical grid. While the Internet has certainly improved over the years, it’s still the wild west of networking.   The network is the Achilles heel of the cloud. Developers tend to assume that components of an application are operating in close proximity of one another; i.e., a few milliseconds away across reliable networks, and if there’s an issue, TCP/IP will handle retries and recover from any errors. That’s the context many applications get developed in, so it’s little surprise that the network becomes such a sore spot. In reality, production cloud applications must hold up to higher, more stringent standards of security and performance than when everything ran wholly contained within our own data centers over leased lines with conditioning and predictable performance.  And the business still expects SLA’s to be met. Hybrid clouds increasingly make use of site-to-site VPN’s and/or encrypted SSL tunnels through which web services integrate third party and SaaS sites and interoperate with cloud platform services. Public cloud provider networks tend to be very high quality between their data center regions, particularly when communications... Read more
The IT Archaeological Dig of Technology and the Cloudby Rick Braddy 11/5/2017 - I must admit something right up front here – I love technology!  I’m a techno-geek on most every level, in addition to having done a lot of other stuff in my career and personally with technology.  Most people don’t know, but I recently got my ham radio license again after being inactive for 45 years… but that’s another story.  One of my latest radio projects I’ve been working on after hours for almost a year involves what is essentially an IoT device for ham radio antennas. I find technology relaxing and satisfying, especially electronics, where I can get away from the stresses of business and such and just focus on getting that next surface mount component properly soldered. Given my busy schedule, I make slow but unrelenting progress on these types of background projects, but it beats wasting away in front of the TV.  In fact, I should probably order one of these hats from propellerhats.com and wear it proudly.   As a bit of background on this blog post, when I was CTO at CITRIX Systems, I used the term “archaeological dig of technology” to describe the many layers of technology deposits that I saw our customers had deployed and that we continue to see companies dealing with today.  The term caught on internally and even our then CEO, Mark Templeton, picked up on and it and used it from time to time, so the term stuck and resonated with other technologists over the years.  Mark and I had a friendly competition going to see who could come up with the coolest tech. Mark usually won, being the real chief propeller head. We had a lot of fun winning and growing CITRIX together in those days… So, what do I mean by the Archaeological Dig of Technology aka “The Dig”?  I would describe it as the sum total of technologies that have been deposited within an enterprise over time. The Dig is the result of buying and deploying packaged applications, in-house applications, external service integration, mergers and acquisitions and other forms of incrementalism adding technology acquisition and automation to our businesses over time.  It’s surprising how much technology accumulates with time. The following diagram attempts to depict a typical dig one might find at companies today. It’s by no means complete, but merely attempts to illustrate some of the components and complexities involved.  For most, this is probably an... Read more
Consolidating File Servers into the Cloudby Taran Soodan 8/15/2017 - Cloud File Server Consolidation Overview Maybe your business has outgrown its file servers and you’re thinking of replacing them. Or your servers are located throughout the world, so you’re considering shutting them down and moving to the cloud. It might be that you’re starting a new business and wondering if an in-house server is adequate or if you should adopt cloud technology from the start.
Using AWS Disaster Recovery to Close Your DR Datacenterby Taran Soodan 8/8/2017 - Maintaining physical Disaster Recovery (DR) datacenters grows more cost-prohibitive each year. By moving your DR data center to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, you enable faster disaster recovery and greater resiliency without the cost of a second physical datacenter. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use AWS to manage disaster recovery in the cloud. We’ll give a brief overview of how AWS Disaster Recovery works, the benefits of using AWS DR, an overview DR architectures and a customer example.
Webinar: How to Use AWS for Disaster Recovery and Close your DR Datacenterby Taran Soodan 3/23/2017 - Maintaining physical Disaster Recovery (DR) datacenters grows more cost-prohibitive each year. By moving your DR data center to the AWS cloud, you enable faster disaster recovery and greater resiliency without the cost of a second physical datacenter.
Webinar: What We Learned from 2,000 Amazon VPC Configurationsby Taran Soodan 2/13/2017 - The SoftNAS engineering and support teams have configured over 2,000 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) configurations. In this webinar, we share the lessons learned in configuring VPCs, including undocumented tips and tricks. Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud enables you to launch Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources, like EC2 instances, into a virtual network that you’ve defined. They are flexible, secure and a core building block of AWS deployments. VPC configurations have ranged from simple to complex implementations, including those for Fortune 500 companies.
Cloud Storage Trends Surveyby Taran Soodan 12/27/2016 - Recently, SoftNAS®, Inc. decided to put out a quick survey about Cloud Storage trends. In return, for responding to the survey, all the participants were entered into a completely random drawing for one of five Amazon.com gift cards – each gift card was valued at USD $100. Well, we are happy to report that the level of survey responses was even more than our expectations! The SoftNAS team is thankful to everyone that took the time to respond to the survey, as all your answers will help SoftNAS in continuing our development of leading edge products – especially in the areas of data orchestration, data movement and data management.
Key Takeaways from the 2016 Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferenceby Taran Soodan 12/8/2016 - This year’s event was well attended…again. Dave Russell, Robert Naegle and all other Gartner executives highlighted change and the need to adapt to the new digital reality that enables running efficient businesses. Some of the best sessions targeted topics like software defined infrastructure, cloud and hybrid. In fact, most of the session themes pivot around these topics.
Webinar: How to Build a Hybrid Cloud with AWS and VMware vSphereby Taran Soodan 11/28/2016 - Gartner predicts hybrid clouds will be the most common cloud architecture by 2020. With AWS and VMware vSphere, companies have the ability to create a hybrid cloud architecture with ease. But what is the optimal storage architecture for a hybrid cloud? What’s the best way to build it? How do you guarantee your data will be highly-available and protected?
SoftNAS Announced As A Finalist for 2016 Red Herring 100 Global Awardsby Taran Soodan 11/15/2016 - SoftNAS Inc., the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, is proud to announce that it has been selected as a candidate for Red Herring's 2016 Top 100 Global award. The award is a prestigious recognition honoring the year’s most audacious and far-reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from a
Meet the SoftNAS Team at AWS re:Invent 2016!by Taran Soodan 11/14/2016 - We’re looking forward to attending another exciting AWS re:Invent conference from November 29th to December 1st! SoftNAS will be in Booth #844 at the expo -- come say hello! As the premier AWS event of the year, we’re proud to support the event as a Bronze Sponsor.
[Webinar] Can you Get Rid of Your On-Premises NAS and Migrate to Microsoft Azure?by Taran Soodan 11/10/2016 - Your on-premises storage maintenance bill is due. It's hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and you know you will always need to purchase more storage capacity. Do you pay your maintenance bill and commit to another 3-5 years? Do you move to a hyperconverged architecture? Do you migrate to Microsoft Azure cloud storage?
SoftNAS Introduces Product Support Connection Feature on AWS Marketplaceby Taran Soodan 11/9/2016 - On November 1, 2016 Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced Product Support Connection (PSC), a new program that gives vendors like SoftNAS more visibility into the end customer in order to more easily provide product support. SoftNAS is proud to be the only storage launch partner and one of a handful of partners including Chef and Sophos.
Webinar Reminder: Wave Goodbye to Tape-based Backups and Archive your Data in the Cloudby Taran Soodan 11/7/2016 - Gartner states that by 2020, 30% of organizations will leverage backup for more than just operational recovery (disaster recovery, test/development, DevOps, etc.). Business continuity plans are a must in today’s environment, where even a few minutes of downtime result in lost revenue. Data backup procedures are a critical part of these business continuity plans. But as the menu of backup options increases with the introduction of new technology, it can be difficult to choose which backup method is best for your business.
Webinar: Wave Goodbye to Tape-based Backups and Archive your Data in the Cloudby Taran Soodan 10/31/2016 - Gartner states that by 2020, 30% of organizations will leverage backup for more than just operational recovery (disaster recovery, test/development, DevOps, etc.). Business continuity plans are a must in today’s environment, where even a few minutes of downtime result in lost revenue. Data backup procedures are a critical part of these business continuity plans. But as the menu of backup options increases with the introduction of new technology, it can be difficult to choose which backup method is best for your business. In this webinar we’ll cover: Replacing tape backups: Disk or Cloud? Backup challenges: Restoration, security, compliance and time How to backup and archive your data on AWS Backup and archive use cases **The first 100 attendees to register during the live webinar will receive a FREE $100 Amazon Web Services credit!** This live event will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT. Register today! Presenter: Joey Wright, Solutions Architect, SoftNAS, Inc.
Webinar: How to Architect for Data Protection in the Cloudby Taran Soodan 9/27/2016 - You want to move your data to the cloud but need to make sure it’s protected. Malware, bots, human error, natural disasters and other challenges can result in downtime, costing your organization thousands of dollars in lost revenue. In this webinar, we’ll cover data protection challenges, data protection features, how to architect cloud storage with data protection in mind.
Webinar: Should you keep your On-Premises NAS: Upgrade, Pay Maintenance or Public Cloud?by Taran Soodan 8/29/2016 - Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT The maintenance bill is due. It’s hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and you know you will need to purchase more storage capacity: Do you pay your maintenance and commit to another 3-5 years? Do you upgrade your data center architecture? Do you shift to the public AWS cloud? In this webinar and demo, we’ll cover: Pros/Cons: on-premises SAN/NAS vs. hyperconverged infrastructure vs. AWS cloud storage Demo: “Lift and shift” on-premises storage to AWS without re-architecting applications How to fund a move to public cloud storage with existing budget TCO analysis Other public cloud use cases **The first 100 attendees to register during the live webinar will receive a FREE $100 Amazon Web Services credit!** This live event will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT. Register today! Presenter: Kevin Brown, Solutions Architect, SoftNAS
Sneak Peek: See How SoftNAS Reduces Storage Costs Using Azure Blob Storage While Increasing Scale and Securityby Taran Soodan 8/23/2016 - As we continue our efforts to expand Microsoft Azure’s storage capabilities, we’re introducing exciting new features to make Microsoft Azure Blob Storage even easier to use. With the upcoming release of SoftNAS Cloud®, customers will be able to frontend the Blob Storage provided by Azure with NFS, CIFS/SMB, iSCSI and AFP file sharing protocols.
SoftNAS Recognized on CRN’s 2016 Emerging Vendors Listby Taran Soodan 7/28/2016 - CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named SoftNAS to its 2016 list of Emerging Vendors. This annual list recognizes recently founded, up-and-coming technology suppliers who are shaping the future of the IT channel through unique technological innovations. In addition to celebrating these standout companies, the Emerging Vendors list also serves as a valuable resource for solution providers looking to expand their portfolios with cutting-edge technology.
What is a Cloud NAS (Network Attached Storage)?by Taran Soodan 7/19/2016 - According to Technavio, Cloud NAS is gaining traction in the marketplace. But we still see a lot of confusion when people hear the terms “Cloud NAS” or “Cloud-based NAS”. So what is Cloud NAS? A cloud NAS works like the legacy, on-premises NAS currently in your data center. But unlike traditional NAS or SAN infrastructures, a cloud NAS is not a physical machine; it’s software-based and designed to work in the cloud.
AWS Sydney Outage: How SoftNAS Customers Avoided Downtimeby Taran Soodan 6/22/2016 - Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Sydney, Australia faced an outage on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Many websites and apps went down causing IT teams to scramble to get their services back up and running. Outages are a fact of life, whether data centers, public/private/hybrid clouds, or the power grid. But were your cloud applications built to failover during this outage?
Webinar: Docker, DevOps and Cloud Storage on AWSby Taran Soodan 6/16/2016 - 80% of enterprises are now adopting DevOps, and 27% are using Docker1. Running your Docker apps on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a match made in heaven for DevOps. But what is the best way to provide persistent storage across Docker containers, EC2 instances, S3/EBS storage or AWS regions? Register for our webinar to learn more.
Moving your On-Premise NAS to the Azure Cloudby Taran Soodan 6/6/2016 - Missed our webinar on “Moving your On-Premise NAS to the Azure Cloud?” Watch the recording of our webinar, access the slides and read below for a summary of the webinar. We’ll cover some of the advantages of using Azure for your cloud storage needs.
Docker Persistent Storage on AWSby Taran Soodan 5/31/2016 - Missed our webinar on How to Build Docker Persistent Storage on Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Watch the recording of our webinar, access the slides and read below for a word-for-word summary of the webinar. Remember to click the button below and claim a free $100 AWS credit to get started with SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS today.
Adaptable Storage Cost & Performance – What’s Cloud Got to Do with It?by Taran Soodan 5/23/2016 - Growing up – we outgrew our bicycles. As adults we outgrow lots of things like our cars or houses. Businesses change, too, and so does the infrastructure we use to run it. Unfortunately, the traditional options for storage tend to be fairly inflexible. As business applications and industrial conditions change, the underlying infrastructure may no longer provide the right support.
Best Practices Learned from 1,000 AWS VPC Configurationsby Taran Soodan 5/23/2016 - Missed our webinar on, “What We Learned from 1,000 AWS VPC Configurations?” No worries. Watch the recording of our webinar, access the slides and read below for a word-for-word summary of the webinar. At the end of the summary, we have a link offering a $100 AWS credit to get you started with SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS.
How to Build a Hybrid Cloud with Amazon Web Servicesby Taran Soodan 5/11/2016 - Missed our webinar on How to Build an AWS Hybrid Cloud? Don’t sweat it. Watch the recording of our webinar, access the slides and read below for a word-for-word summary of the webinar. At the end of the summary, we have a link offering a $100 AWS credit to get you started with SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS. Get started with your AWS hybrid cloud today!
Webinar: Understanding Cloud File Services – Why You Need Them and What Your Options Areby Taran Soodan 5/9/2016 - Organizations looking to move some or all of their workloads to the cloud will at some point look for a way to provide those applications with basic file services. In this live webinar Storage Switzerland and SoftNAS will lead an in-depth discussion of why organizations need cloud based file services and an analysis of the various file services solutions. Register today!
Microsoft Azure Introduces Cool Blob Storageby Taran Soodan 4/29/2016 - SoftNAS® is pleased to be part of the Azure Cool Blob Storage offering. Our SoftNAS Cloud® NAS customers using Microsoft Azure will get a virtually bottomless storage pool for applications and workloads that need standard file protocols like NFS, CFS/SMB, and iSCSI. By the end of Summer 2016, customers can leverage SoftNAS Cloud NAS with Azure Cool Blob Storage as an economical alternative to increasing storage costs.
How to Build a Hybrid Cloud with AWS Webinarby Taran Soodan 4/26/2016 - It’s not a matter of if you will move your storage to the cloud. It’s a matter of how and when. Gartner predicts 50% of enterprises will be using a hybrid cloud by 2017. If you want to learn how to build a hybrid cloud with AWS (Amazon Web Services), but are having trouble getting started, attend our webinar and learn how to build your own hybrid cloud with AWS, SoftNAS and existing equipment.
Meet the SoftNAS Team at the 2016 AWS Summit in Chicagoby Taran Soodan 3/30/2016 - The next AWS Summit takes place in a few weeks in Chicago from April 18 – April 19. The SoftNAS team had a great time at the AWS Summit Chicago in 2015 and we’re excited to attend the event again. There has been a lot going on at SoftNAS the last couple of months that we are hoping to share with you including: SoftNAS UltraFast and Flexible Consumption Pricing (FCP) on AWS.
5 Reasons to Move Your Storage to the Cloudby David McGeough 3/22/2016 - Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 Time: 10:00am PT | 1:00pm ET     Businesses are looking to cloud storage to cut costs, simplify IT management and gain virtually limitless storage capacity. Cloud storage has changed the rules for deploying simpler, infinitely scalable and more affordable storage. In this webinar and demo, learn about the top 5 reasons to move your storage to the cloud today: Reduce costs: Cut your total storage costs Elastic storage: Upgrade or downgrade storage VMs performance with limitless capacity Greater security: Reduce the odds of your data being compromised, corrupted or lost Increased performance: Achieve greater performance improvement Low maintenance: Reduced hardware, software and IT staff to manage   Presenter: Matt Blanchard, Solution Architect, SoftNAS
SoftNAS Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Consumption Pricing on AWS Marketplaceby Taran Soodan 3/18/2016 - New Pay-As-You-go Cloud Computing pricing model offers even more options to AWS customers. On March 17, 2016 Amazon Web Services introduced Flexible Consumption Pricing (FCP), a new pay-as-you-go cloud computing pricing model for partner solutions on AWS Marketplace. SoftNAS is proud to be the only storage launch partner and one of 4 partners like Chef and TrendMicro. SoftNAS Cloud NAS, now available  at $0.12 per TB per hour, makes it even easier to move to the cloud. Those 3 to 5 year on-premises storage maintenance contracts–frequently loathed by customers–will be a thing of the past. SoftNAS offers pay-as-you-go cloud computing for an enterprise class NAS . You can learn more about AWS Marketplace Flexible Consumption Pricing by clicking the links below: AWS Marketplace announces new AWS Marketplace Metering Service – read the launch announcement on the AWS website. Metering Service Launch Partners – learn more about how AWS metered pricing works with SoftNAS. Amazon Partner Network Blog Post – view the details about how metered pricing works on AWS.   What is SoftNAS Cloud for AWS? SoftNAS Cloud NAS is a software-defined NAS filer that delivers enterprise-class NAS features with NFS, CIFS, iSCSI unified file services and S3 compatible object storage connectivity. You can learn more about how SoftNAS works on AWS by clicking below:  
[Live Webinar] Building Your AWS Migration Strategy for Large Data Setsby David McGeough 2/10/2016 - Thinking of moving your infrastructure to the AWS cloud? What is the best way to migrate the data and apps? How do you minimize risks and maximize benefits? How do you ensure IO-intensive and latency-sensitive applications perform optimally? Then you need to attend this webinar!
[Live Webinar] Using two SDS technologies together: SwiftStack & SoftNASby David McGeough 2/2/2016 - SwiftStack and SoftNAS are excited to announce a joint webinar on how our two software-defined storage solutions work together and complement each other. Details below.
[Live Webinar] Get your On-Premise NAS in the Azure Cloudby David McGeough 1/14/2016 - Looking to transition your enterprise applications to the highly-available Azure cloud? No time/budget to re-write your applications to move them to Azure? SoftNAS Cloud NAS extends Azure Blob storage with enterprise-class NAS file services, making it easy to move to Azure. Register for our live webinar and discover how you can quickly and easily.
[Video] How to Create a Time Machine Backup over AFPby David McGeough 12/23/2015 - How AFP can help you better protect your data. Need to backup your corporate Apple Mac to a supported network volume? Use Time Machine over Apple File Protocol (AFP). Time Machine backs up all of your files to network volumes connected using AFP. Learn how to create a Time Machine backup over AFP to better protect your data.   Free one-month trial Start your SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS 30-day free trial    
How to Backup Veeam Backups to AWSby David McGeough 12/22/2015 - Veeam is a common backup solution. Just because you have a Veeam backup, does that mean your data is safe? No. You need a place to store your Veeam backups. Learn how to backup your Veeam backups on AWS and better protect your data.   Free one-month trial Start your SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS 30-day free trial    
Cloud NAS: What You Wanted to Know in 2015by David McGeough 12/18/2015 - The public cloud grew 24% in 2015, according to IDC. There is no stopping this movement. And Cloud NAS is making it easier to store, manage and protect your data across public and private clouds. Here’s what you wanted to know about Cloud NAS in 2015 based on our most popular content. 1. 4 Best Practices for Protecting Enterprise Data on AWS with SoftNAS Cloud NAS 2. What We Learned From 1,000 AWS VPC Configurations 3. SoftNAS Architecture on AWS 4. Bulletproof Your Backups on the AWS Cloud 5. Media & Entertainment: 5 Keys for Successful Cloud Storage Free one-month trial Start your SoftNAS Cloud NAS on AWS 30-day free trial    
[Live Webinar] How to Build Docker Persistent Storage on AWSby David McGeough 12/10/2015 - Whether you’re running Docker or Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS), you need a persistent storage layer across containers when running applications on Amazon Web Services. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to spin-up, spin-down and move containerized applications across AWSDocker environments while persisting data.
[Live Webinar] Bulletproof Your Backups on the AWS Cloudby David McGeough 12/2/2015 - Are you using Commvault, Veeam, or Zerto for your backups? Do you have backups of your on-premise storage systems? Do you need to archive your backups off-site to the public cloud for disaster recovery? Want to eliminate tape backups once and for all? Join us to learn how to bulletproof your backups on the AWS cloud
[Live Webinar] The Future of Cloud Data Management – with Rick Braddy & Doug Brownby David McGeough 10/9/2015 - As enterprises move their applications and data out of the corporate data center and into the cloud, they lack full resources to re-engineer their applications and data flows, creating islands of data that are complex, time-consuming, and expensive to integrate, exacerbating data security and protection risks. Join DABCC’s Doug Brown and Rick Braddy, founder, CEO and CTO of SoftNAS, where they will discuss the recent SoftNAS announcements.
Visit SoftNAS @ AWS re:Invent – Win an Electric Paper Airplaneby David McGeough 10/8/2015 - The SoftNAS team is here all week at AWS re:Invent 2015. Stop by booth #334 to learn more about our CloudFabric vision.
Seamless Data Integration, Everywhere – Meet SoftNAS at AWS re:Inventby David McGeough 10/6/2015 - Meet SoftNAS at AWS re:Invent this week and learn how SoftNAS is solving difficult cloud storage and data management problems. SoftNAS will be showcasing: CloudFabric Vision Announcement – Storage everywhere, integrated. Presented by SoftNAS CEO and CTO Rick Braddy CloudFabric Tech Preview – A complete data management architecture and toolset designed to control, facilitate and accelerate movement of all data across any geography, IT environment or cloud UltraFast Tech Preview – Improve bandwidth utilization by up to 16x and increase throughput by over 5x compared to TCP alone   SoftNAS Cloud on Red Hat Enterprise Linux – SoftNAS Cloud on RHEL is now available on-demand from the AWS Marketplace Location: AWS re:Invent Sands Expo Center, Booth #334 The Venetian, Las Vegas October 6-9, 2015 Hope to see you there – SoftNAS team  
Best Practices for Amazon EBS with SoftNAS Cloudby David McGeough 9/28/2015 - Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) provides persistent block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. EBS is not about any specific device type, it’s about providing EC2 instances with highly available and durable storage volumes. To achieve this, each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its Availability Zone. Amazon EBS volumes offer the consistent and low-latency performance needed to run your workloads. Read on to learn more about best practices for Amazon EBS with SoftNAS Cloud