Jim Donovan, VP, Product Management & Customer Operations
Wasabi Technologies, Inc.
It’s becoming common for businesses to see their data volumes double each year. How can you store and manage all this data in a way that keeps you safe from data loss and makes your files instantly accessible—all without breaking the bank?
The answer lies in the cloud. Cloud storage offers infinite scalability as you grow. It also protects you against data loss with built-in redundancy and backup should disaster strike or a device get misplaced. You can also use cloud storage as a handy tool for file sharing, particularly when documents and multimedia files are too large to send by email.
If you’re looking for inexpensive data backup, instant file retrieval, an easy way to share files, or all of the above, you’ll likely find the recent partnership between Wasabi and Morro Data pretty interesting. We’ve teamed with Morro to make storing and managing your growing volumes of data much simpler, safer, and far more economical.
Morro recently incorporated cloud vendor, Wasabi’s Hot Cloud Storage service into its CloudNAS distributed virtual file service. CloudNAS with Wasabi, or the “Morro Cloud,” combines the gigabit performance and familiar interface of local network-attached storage (NAS) with the cloud’s scalability, resilience, and economic attributes. Wasabi, of course, has reset the industry bar for cloud storage cost and performance, with a six-fold performance increase over Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 cloud object storage at a price point that’s 80 percent less. And we recently announced the elimination of egress fees—a milestone for the storage industry.
CloudNAS uses an on-premises CacheDrive gateway appliance that does the job of a NAS filer. The system has a feature called Cache & Sync, which synchronizes files to the cloud and lets users at multiple locations collaborate and share files as if they were on a single network without requiring special VPN or sync software. You can store a master copy of files in the cloud while retaining the NAS user experience with drag-and-drop file management.
CacheDrive presents itself to applications as a NAS device via a standard messaging block protocol interface. Files are downloaded from the cloud and cached locally to accelerate performance and reduce WAN traffic, allowing users to access files at LAN speed via a drive-letter interface. Heavily accessed data remains on the appliance.
Morro Data CloudNAS also has Azure Active Directory support, so companies that use Office 365 but still require simple, low-cost on-premises storage with full cloud benefits can use CloudNAS with their users’ Office 365 logins. CloudNAS with Wasabi is just $19/TB/month compared to SharePoint’s $200/TB/month once you exceed the initial low storage allocation.
A new CloudNAS share type called Replicate provides an additional option for uploading files to cloud storage and making replicas of them in one or more secondary locations for backup security. You can save your files and have them replicated on a set schedule to a secondary site as a read-only share. Replicate runs in parallel with Sync, allowing multiple workloads to be handled on the same appliance, with real-time Sync taking priority.
You get all this while storing data at the industry’s highest-performing yet lowest price point. Our recent announcement of unlimited free egress was just the latest in a series of steps Wasabi has taken to disrupt cloud storage economics. Egress charges have been one of the biggest inhibitors to moving data to the cloud because having to pay each time you need to retrieve your data makes it impossible to accurately predict how much you’ll have to spend. Not anymore. With Wasabi, you know exactly what you’ll be paying, because we’ve eliminated all transaction fees and extra charges. The only line item on your monthly invoice is for the actual amount of data stored.
With Morro Data and Wasabi working together, you can feel confident moving all your data to the cloud. CloudNAS powered by Wasabi delivers one of the high-performance file service solutions for unlimited file storage, multiple-office sync, and disaster recovery. So there’s really no longer any reason to use expensive drives that could fail at any moment and leave you without access to the data you need.