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September 22, 2010

Nasuni Filer 2.0 Supports Hyper-V, Azure, and Private Cloud Options

Nasuni, a provider of secure gateway to cloud storage, announced its new Nasuni Filer 2.0, with enhanced performance in Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows environments offering full support for Hyper-V server virtualization, Windows Azure, Distributed File System or “DFS” namespaces, and Windows Previous Versions.

Nasuni (News - Alert) Filer now supports private clouds and allows customers to provide their own cloud credentials. The new release improves the user experience, opens up the cloud to a broader spectrum of Microsoft customers, and creates new opportunities for partners, company officials stated.

Andres Rodriguez, chief executive officer of Nasuni, stated in a press release, “With every new release, we have a two-fold mission: introducing more customers to the cloud and expanding what a file server can do.”

The 2.0 release offers primary storage to the cloud to more users and has exciting new features such as one allowing end users to restore their own files so IT does not have to be dragged into every file restore.

Rodriguez added, “Our goal is to make the Nasuni Filer the storage device of choice for coping with data sprawl and the daily demands of the IT workplace. We are staying ahead of this market and are excited about fund raising in the fall.”

Nasuni Filer, a virtual appliance, works with Hyper-V that comes included with Windows Server 2008 and VMware. It delivers primary storage from the cloud that is indistinguishable from local storage. In addition, Nasuni users can create volumes on Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud services platform, the company said. Additional plug-ins or software is not required to leverage the Nasuni Filer 2.0 on Hyper-V or Azure.

Windows Azure storage services allow customers to scale to store large amounts of data, in any format, for any length of time, only paying for what they use or store. Jason De Lorme, ISV architect evangelist at Microsoft, said, “Windows Azure Platform customers can easily integrate with partners such as Nasuni to simplify file access capabilities in a cloud environment.”

Nasuni has a simplified file access with Microsoft DFS. It enables customers to set up a DFS namespace and add the desired share from the Filer as a folder target. New support for Windows Previous Versions along with the Filer's snapshot feature allows users to restore previous versions of their own files without the assistance of an administrator.

Earlier in August Nasuni announced support for EMC (News - Alert) Atmos cloud storage, TMCnet reported. Nasuni has integrated Nasuni Filer and EMC Atmos cloud storage to offer customers a simple, scalable and cost-effective online storage solution that leverages the power of the cloud, company officials said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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