SoftNAS Cloud Storage Blog

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 AWS – Webinar Summaryby 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.
What We Learned from 1,000 AWS VPC Configurations – Webinar Summaryby 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 an AWS Hybrid Cloud Webinar Summaryby 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
[Live Webinar] How to Build a Cloud NAS on CenturyLink Cloudby David McGeough 9/25/2015 - Want to build limitless cloud storage on CenturyLink Cloud? SoftNAS Cloud NAS offers an easy-to-use, hassle-free, full-featured NAS in the CenturyLink Cloud. Register for our live webinar and discover how to quickly and easily configure and manage SoftNAS Cloud NAS on CenturyLink Cloud.
[Live Webinar] Media & Entertainment: 5 Keys for Successful Cloud Storageby David McGeough 9/21/2015 - The publishing, media and entertainment industries rely heavily on massive storage capabilities and highly scalable storage solutions. Transitioning to high definition (HD), ultra high definition (UHD) and new high resolution formats for music and video content, these new standards require massive storage capacities and highly scalable storage solutions as total storage capacity is forecasted to grow by 24x. Join Ray Stamps, Solutions Architect at SoftNAS, to learn more about 5 keys for successful cloud storage for the media, publishing & entertainment industry.
SoftNAS Catches the Eye of InfoWorld at VMworld 2015by David McGeough 9/14/2015 - SoftNAS are delighted to be included in InfoWorld’s 10 eye-catching cloud solutions from VMworld 2015. Here is what they had to say about SoftNAS "SoftNAS offers a software-based NAS solution for on-premises, private clouds, and hybrid clouds. What I liked most is that its cloud NAS offering works with AWS, vCloud [Air], Azure, and CenturyLink; it offers file as a service for object storage as well."
SoftNAS Cloud Named Best Cloud NAS Solution in Network World Reviewby David McGeough 9/14/2015 - Network World recently reviewed software-based NAS solutions and concluded: If you’re looking for a cloud-based solution, SoftNAS Cloud is your best bet. SoftNAS Cloud 3.3.3, the latest version of our award-winning Cloud NAS solution, differs from other solutions reviewed by offering both software-based and on-premise versions.  It’s available using Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure and most recently, CenturyLink Cloud. Eric Geier, freelance tech writer with Network World, provides a thorough review, citing the following about how SoftNAS Cloud is typically deployed: Commonly, SoftNAS Cloud is deployed in AWS VPCs serving files to EC2 based servers within the same VPCs. SoftNAS also supports a hybrid cloud model where one SoftNAS instance is deployed on-premise on a local PC in your office and a second instance in an AWS VPC. In this hybrid model, replication occurs from the local SoftNAS to cloud-based SoftNAS for cloud-based disaster recovery. SoftNAS is quick and easy to configure and setup in minutes, something we strive to achieve with all our products. Eric alluded to this during the review: Once we configured the EC2 instance of SoftNAS, we could access the web GUI, which they call the SoftNAS StorageCenter, via the Amazon IP or DNS address. After logging in, you’re prompted to register and accept the terms. Then you’re presented with a Getting Started Checklist, which is useful in ensuring you get everything setup. Read the full review. Better yet, give it a try yourself. SoftNAS Cloud 30-day Free Trial   Learn more: https://www.softnas.com Twitter: @SoftNAS LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/softnas
[Live Webinar] What we learned from 1,000 Amazon VPC configurationsby David McGeough 9/10/2015 - Note: This webinar has on “What We Learned from 1,000 Amazon VPC Configurations” has concluded. Please click here to see a summary and recording of the webinar. Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT Click here to calculate your local time.     Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) 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. Eric has configured over 1,000 Amazon VPC configurations, ranging from simple to complex implementations for Fortune 100 companies. In this webinar, Eric shares the hard-won lessons: How do packets really flow in a VPC? Common security group mis-configurations Why end-points are good things To NAT or not? VPNs and VPCs: a good thing? Best practices You won’t find these lessons anywhere else!   Presenter: Eric Olson, Sr. Director Engineering, SoftNAS
Make Your Storage Fly @ VMworld – Win One of 100’s of Electric Paper Airplanesby David McGeough 9/1/2015 -   The SoftNAS team is here all week at VMworld 2015. We have lots of exciting news to share, including: Partnership with CenturyLink Cloud Launch of SoftNAS for Service Providers If these announcements weren’t exciting enough, then you could be in with a chance to win one of these geeky electric paper airplane conversion kits. Come meet the SoftNAS team in booth #2347, Moscone Center, San Francisco Try SoftNAS: softnas.com/vmworld2015 Learn more: softnas.com Twitter: @SoftNAS LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/softnas   Hope to see you there – SoftNAS team
Demystify Your Cloud Storage Strategy – Meet SoftNAS at VMworldby David McGeough 8/30/2015 - The SoftNAS team will be present at VMworld next week, Aug 30th to Sept 2nd. There has been a lot going on at SoftNAS HQ the last couple of months and we are looking forward to sharing these exciting updates with you. For example: Partnership with CenturyLink Cloud Launch of SoftNAS for Service Providers Come meet the SoftNAS team in booth #2347, Moscone Center, San Francisco Try SoftNAS: softnas.com/vmworld2015 Learn more: softnas.com Twitter: @SoftNAS LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/softnas
SoftNAS Cloud Now Available on CenturyLink Cloud Marketplaceby David McGeough 8/25/2015 - Today, SoftNAS announced SoftNAS Cloud for CenturyLink. This integration allows customers of the CenturyLink Cloud platform faster backup and archival, expanded platform support and the ability to extend storage investments and shared file storage for VMware VSAN. The SoftNAS Cloud provides access for CenturyLink Cloud customers to a complete software-defined solution for on-premise, hybrid and public cloud storage to manage the costly expenses around backing up expansive data and the time required to archive older data. Local caching and S3 object storage connectivity make SoftNAS Cloud ideal for enterprises, SMBs and departments using on-premise storage and for service providers offering hybrid cloud services, such as backup and archival solutions. In addition to providing gateway capabilities, SoftNAS Cloud surpasses the singular gateway concept by combining three key components: Access to on-premise and private cloud storage, including SAN, VSAN and S3-compatible object storage Access to public cloud storage, including block and S3-compatible object storage A unified shared file system with NAS filer features accessed via NFS and CIFS/SMB To learn more about SoftNAS Cloud for CenturyLink Cloud, please join our webinar How to Build a Cloud NAS on CenturyLink Cloud Learn more: https://www.softnas.com Installation guide: http://bit.ly/CenturyLink-Guide  Free 30-day trial: https://www.softnas.com/trynow SoftNAS on Twitter: @SoftNAS
Amazon EFS vs. GlusterFS vs. SoftNAS Cloud NAS: Which Performs Best?by David McGeough 8/3/2015 - Comparing Amazon EFS vs. GlusterFS vs. SoftNAS Cloud NAS. Great read from Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Engineer with Metal Toad around NFS performance on AWS based on the upcoming Amazon EFS (Elastic File System). As Amazon EFS is not generally available, this is a good early look at a performance comparison among Amazon EFS vs. GlusterFS vs. SoftNAS Cloud NAS. According to Nathan: SoftNAS Cloud had by far the best performance. Its cost is higher for low capacities, but will be important when latency is paramount.  At higher capacities the benefits of SoftNAS and lower overall cost are a clear winner, I would consider SoftNAS Cloud. SoftNAS spends a lot of time testing its products, reviewing customer feedback and welcomes Nathan’s performance results. But is SoftNAS Cloud actually more expensive? NO. Let me explain. 100GB works well for performance tests but is not a realistic capacity point for most customers real-world use or a pricing analysis.  On average, SoftNAS customers tend to use  10TB – 20TB, and frequently surpass 100TB. SoftNAS is less expensive  than AWS EFS at 6TB and is dramatically more cost effective at higher capacities. Not only is SoftNAS cost effective at real-world capacities, you get all the benefits of an enterprise-class NAS that is available in all AWS regions and which includes snapshots, de-duplication, data protection, multi-tier caching and compression.  Pricing: 100GB The configuration in Nathan’s tests used 100GB with a pair of instances for High Availability. SoftNAS offers 100GB storage at no charge for each SoftNAS Cloud instance when launched as Community AMIs. See below the pricing for each vendor at 100GB usable capacity for EBS General Purpose SSD, per month (as tested in the Metal Toad benchmarks). It’s also worth noting that for the pricing comparisons in Nathan’s blog he used 200GB for SoftNAS compared to 100GB for EFS and Gluster. SoftNAS offers stack prices for both small and medium EC2 instances.  The medium instance will provide better performance, but speed is not always the objective.  Offering the flexibility to configure based on what you want to accomplish is a cornerstone of SoftNAS approach. It’s also worth noting that for the pricing comparisons in Nathan’s blog he used 200GB for SoftNAS compared to 100GB for EFS and Gluster. SoftNAS offers stack prices for both small and medium EC2 instances.  The medium instance will provide better performance, but speed is not always the objective.  Offering the... Read more