Ask Avere: Improving WAN Performance

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 03:00 PM

In many industries, network bandwidth limitations are a big problem. When the pipe isn't big enough for the traffic, users aren't working at expected efficiency. Although not unique to post-production studios, these companies often have remote artists pounding centralized storage resources all at once due to tight deadlines.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Balancing NAS and Object Storage In 2017

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Last year was a big year for the cloud. The provider landscape became more competitive in 2016 with the likes of Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Oracle stepping up to AWS’s dominance to secure a position on the field of viable contenders for enterprise cloud business.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Cloud Storage, Technology Community

Five More Benefits of Cloud Accessibility in Data Center Management

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

Adding cloud accessibility to your data center isn’t a decision most IT directors and systems engineers enter into lightly. A few posts back in Five Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers, we shared five benefits of going hybrid within a data center environment. We only scratched the surface and are back with yet another five reasons why hybrid cloud has enterprise data centers looking beyond their four walls. 

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

Three Reasons for an Enterprise Object Storage Alternative

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Companies have many options for object storage these days, but the list narrows when this object storage needs to fit in enterprise-scale IT. While it may seem the market is overcrowded, many still struggle with finding the right fit.

As an early cloud solution vendor with a foundation in NAS, Avere has spent some time talking to customers about object storage strategies. While small and medium-sized businesses are finding some compelling option for allow shifting to object storage, those with more demanding and complex IT needs are struggling to make decisions, are finding themselves in situations where expectations are falling short, or simply are waiting for the dust to settle and a more palatable solution to present itself.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Private Object Storage

Three Non-Negotiable Rules for a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Every day our inboxes are flooded with digests and articles about the changing world of compute and storage because of the cloud. As cloud moves beyond hype and into the mainstream, companies offering both new solutions as well as just more of the same emerge, creating a myriad of options and constant pressure to evaluate yet one more technology.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Object Storage for Active Archive

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 02:52 PM

One of the object storage use cases gaining traction is active archive, a storage library where users can relatively easily access older files compared to other archival options like tape or public cloud services for long-term cold storage like Amazon Glacier. Object storage offers a nice combination of benefits, which align well with growing collections of content — from digital media files to historical trend data commonly used by analysts in many industries.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Cloud Storage, Private Object Storage

Storing Cloud Objects: Cloud File System Access vs Native Object Calls

Posted by Bernie Behn on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 03:29 PM

When storing file data into cloud objects, many people automatically take a direct approach by writing applications to natively use object storage for data processing. While this can have some advantages, it isn’t always the best choice for all workloads. So, when storing cloud objects, what is the best way?

In a recent Ask Avere video, we answered this question by comparing file-to-object with direct native object calls, explaining the key differences between the two approaches. However, we felt the topic important enough that we wanted to expand our response. To do this, we’ll look at what you get with cloud file storage that you don’t get with direct native object calls to your chosen cloud storage provider.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

Better Storage Performance: Alternatives to Expanding or Replacing NAS Arrays

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Like a 50th birthday, the time to expand or replace storage creeps up sooner than you expect. It always seems like yesterday that the storage was racked and stacked and a sense of distance comforted everyone—it will be so long from now until we fill this thing. And then one day, you wake up and realize that time is running out. That shiny new storage isn’t looking so shiny anymore. It seems slow and a bit sluggish and people complain about it.

Sometimes, it seems like you can put it off a bit longer, biding your time until some big project sneaks up and exacerbates the issue, turning what was just on the radar into an emergency. Pre-planning over long periods of time is smart if you can afford it. But push the envelope and you may just find yourself expanding and replacing when you really can’t afford the time to be moving large data sets and reconfiguring your storage. 

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, NFS Acceleration

Data Migration to the Cloud: Moving Large DataSets

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @ 03:30 PM

Moving large datasets to lower-cost object storage in the public cloud can seem disruptive and challenging. But, as prices of the big three public cloud providers’ storage services continue to drop, the race to move at least some data from traditional storage filers to the cloud has since begun. You can find statistics on that rate of the enterprise cloud storage adoption at anywhere between 30% and 70%, supporting that hybrid cloud infrastructures have moved beyond the innovator's experiment. But big data migration goes beyond what most simple cloud storage gateway solutions can handle.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage

The New FXT 5000 Edge Filer Series

Posted by Rebecca Thompson on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

This week, Avere announced a new series of our popular FXT Edge filers - the FXT 5600 and the FXT 5400. This series is the most powerful hybrid cloud storage product on the market to date. As stated in the recent ZDNet arcticle, this series is bringing speed back into storage for demanding workflows. 

The new FXT 5000 Edge filer series is comprised of two models – the 5400 and 5600. Major enhancements include:

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Topics: NAS Optimization, Enterprise Storage, Technology Community