Nasuni managed storage service overview and how-to
Nasuni provides managed storage service that offers interesting functionality in the cloud integrated storage space.
The Nasuni Filer is a Virtual Machine (on Hyper-V, VMWare or other hypervisor) or a physical appliance that is implemented in each client site. It runs a Linux OS and provides storage to local clients as NFS3, SMB2, or iSCSI. Many Filers can be implemented in one or more client sites.
The Nasuni Management Console (NMC) is implemented as a virtual machine running Linux. It provides a web interface for managing all Filers and the Nasuni service and account throughout the organization.
Volumes are provisioned on the Nasuni filers. They’re thin provisioned. Volume data is replicated automatically via the Nasuni service to the public cloud. Currently, Nasuni uses Azure in the back end. Customer has no direct cloud visibility. Cloud access and storage is bundled and abstracted by the Nasuni service.
The Nasuni UniFS runs on the Nasuni Filers. It provides NFS3 and SMB2 shares to local clients. Shares can be replicated and cached to other Nasuni filers in other client sites via the Nasuni service. The Nasuni service places the primary data set on the public cloud (256-bit AES encrypted) and replicates the actively used files to each site as needed (some configuration required as I will illustrate).
Similar to other cloud integrated storage solutions, Nasuni service is suited for unstructured data/workloads such as file shares. It’s not suited for tier 1 workloads such as Hyper-V, SQL, Exchange, …
The following posts will go over setting up and using the Nasuni service:
- Getting started with the Nasuni service. Download the bits and the serial numbers
- Install Nasuni Filer VM on Hyper-V 2012 R2
- Nasuni Filer initial setup