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Life in the Cloud from the perspective of a thirty-year technologist

TigerBridge & RSTOR = Perfect Cloud NAS

NAS is dead…long live NAS. Like it or not, it is one of those technologies that will probably never leave the industry. It’s like the proverbial junk drawer for IT, but it is also the lifeblood for most companies. Simply put, there is no other solution like NAS, and it just works. So the question is, how do you take an S3 object store and make it into a high-value and high-performing NAS in the Cloud? Easy…put an appliance in front of your S3 provider and *poof* you have instant Cloud NAS.

When I say “appliance” I am talking about a physical or virtual server running Windows. After the installation and Cloud registration, all which takes just a few minutes, you are up and running, and your company can now have all of their NAS data inside the Cloud. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it. We’ll, it is…sort of. Depends on how you look at it.

The biggest thing that people want to know when looking at alternatives to a traditional NetApp solutions is “what do I lose with a Cloud-based solution like this.” The answer to that question should be “only the headaches.” (Not to sound like I am bad-mouthing NetApp or any other provider, I am talking about the inherent headaches that come with a physical, on-site solution, especially around data migrations, platform changes, purchase order delays, etc.) But when it comes to a solution like TigerBridge, we are talking about having everything you know and love about your traditional NAS, but it all running in the Cloud.

If you are running a predominantly local environment, then you install this appliance inside your organization. If you are in the Cloud already, no matter who your compute Cloud is, you can install a virtual Windows appliance and pointing at RSTOR Space, have that NAS experience for a fraction of the price of a physical device on-prem. Reliability actually goes up because you have have your storage buckets replicated, and you can have your TigerBridge solution replicating to other “remote” sites as well. Should the network drop in one location, its not a problem…because of the built-in redundancy RSTOR and TigerBridge offer you, you can almost guarantee 100% availability. Notice I saw ALMOST. I didn’t say you could actually get there. Things happen…even in the best environments.

Take a few minutes and see how TigerBridge in front of RSTOR Space can give you a NAS solution for any need you may have. Take a few minutes and view the TigerBridge overview here.

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