Nexsan adds file sync and share to NAS to create Unity

Storage hardware maker Nexsan adds file sync and share to NST arrays from Connected Data acquisition to create Unity family of NAS with private cloud functionality

Nexsan has added private cloud file synchronisation and share functionality to its midrange enterprise NST unified storage arrays. The capabilities come from Nexsan's acquisition of the Transporter products from Connected Data in October 2015.

The product is called Nexsan Unity and will allow synchronisation between separate instances of NST boxes – with its so-called N-Way Sync functionality –  as well as file sync and share between mobile and remote hardware.

Bob Fernander, CEO with Nexsan parent company Imation, said: “What we've done is take Transporter and integrate it with our primary storage product to provide mobile sync and share and extend the feature set beyond just block and file storage.”

Fernander describes the NST unified storage box that Unity will be based on as “upper-midrange” and “low-cost”.

Nexsan Unity combines private cloud file, synchronisation and share capabilities on top of a unified storage array that supports NAS and SAN (Fibre Channel and iSCSI) connectivity. Hybrid HDD and flash drive support allows for mixed application deployments. Nexsan Unity scales from 13TB up to 5PB.

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N-way Sync is set up by the customer designating volumes on the storage array that will be connected to and synchronised with other Unity instances in other locations. It is essentially asynchronous replication and use cases are expected to be disaster recovery/business continuity and enabling a mirror of a workgroup so that, should access to storage in one place go down, the data can be accessed elsewhere.

Unity's feature set is planned for a phased release. This quarter will see release of the N-Way Sync functionality. Next quarter will see the launch of client apps to allow file sync and share for IoS and Android mobile devices. In the final quarter of 2016 there will be synch and share for Windows and Mac remote devices.

Fernander said the reason for the move was the increasing ubiquity of mobile devices among younger employees.

He said: “The millenials are not patient enough to access a VPN, so will use Dropbox even if they're not meant to.

"This way enterprises can give them that Dropbox-type functionality and retain data within the firewall.”

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