VMware Shared Storage

NFS, CIFS/SMB, AD Unified Shared Storage for
VMware Private and Hybrid Clouds

VMware shared storage

In today’s cloud-based world, convenient access to highly durable off-site cloud storage is a must-have for secure archiving and mass cloud storage. SoftNAS Cloud® NAS extends VMware VSAN storage with NFS, CIFS/SMB, Active Directory and LDAP integration and an enterprise-class NAS feature set.

SoftNAS Cloud also works with any server and back end data storage. You choose your hardware for ultimate flexibility and control.

VMware shared storage

Benefits

Enterprise-class NAS features

SoftNAS Cloud provides a robust set of enterprise-class NAS data protection, including:

  • High-Availability (HA) with easy set-up
  • Deduplication
  • Compression
  • Thin and thick provisioning
  • Caching
  • Scheduled and manual snapshots
  • Active Directory and LDAP integration
  • Instant writeable SnapClones™

Local Storage Options

Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
Leverage internal drives on your server, JBOD disk enclosures, or flash storage.

SAN
Leverage and existing SAN for high performance NAS capabilities.

Hybrid
Leverage the SoftNAS multi-level caching options to increase performance using local RAM and SSDs with back end hard disk (HDD) storage for a great blend of performance and capacity.

Hyperconverged
Are you using a VSAN or other hyperconverged option that only presents block storage? Use SoftNAS to provide enterprise class advanced NAS capabilities to increase the benefits of hyperconverged storage without adding any new hardware.

S3 Object Storage
On-premises or public cloud, SoftNAS Cloud supports popular object storage products including NetApp StorageGRID Webscale, SwiftStack, Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Amazon Web Services S3, Cleversafe Web-Scale Storage Software Platform, Cloudian HyperStore and any S3-compatible object storage.

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Use Cases

Customizable Primary and Secondary Storage

SoftNAS Cloud allows primary storage using SSD or SSD/HDD hybrids to support high-performance production workloads. Or connect any combination of inexpensive secondary storage for cost-effective and efficient storage of unstructured data.     

File Services for VMware VSAN

SoftNAS complements Virtual SAN by providing a full NAS feature set combined with unified storage access via NFS, CIFS/SMB with Active Directory and LDAP integration. It extends the VMware environment to include highly durable cloud storage, up to 16 Petabytes of secure off-site cloud storage per SoftNAS Cloud filer.

 

On-premises to Cloud Backup

With SoftNAS SnapReplicate™, easily replicate and backup your data from your VMware datacenter to the public cloud. Eliminate physical backup tapes required by business compliance by archiving data in inexpensive S3 storage or cold storage for long-term protection.

Continuous Data Protection for Disaster Recovery

For applications that require aggressive recovery time and recovery point objectives (RPOs), as well as application awareness, SoftNAS Cloud SnapReplicate works hand-in-hand with the highly-available storage architectural design to provide continuous data protection.


Resources

VMware shared storage

Solution Brief: SoftNAS Cloud and VMware VSAN (PDF)

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