"The growth of unstructured file data now requires most enterprises to deploy advanced file management capabilities, including global namespace controls," said Brad O'Neill, senior analyst, Taneja Group. "To that end, any enterprise customer with home directory or Windows file services will enjoy dramatically simpler management and savings in operational costs by deploying ONStor scalable clustered NAS with global namespace. This will be a key component in supporting Windows-based, enterprise-wide file networking initiatives as well as seamless file data consolidation efforts."
ONStor GNS is a highly available cluster-wide namespace that virtualizes multiple physical file systems across both ONStor virtual servers and Windows file servers to present a single logical file system to end users and applications. Having a single logical file system simplifies data access and improves data and information availability by shielding end users from the complexities of adding, moving and rebalancing file data storage across the enterprise. With ONStor GNS, administrators can instantaneously move physical file system storage between virtual servers and NAS gateways in a cluster while keeping the move transparent to clients. Since file system mount points remain the same, no remounting of file systems is needed.
"The single biggest pain point in managing file services in an enterprise is the complexity of mapping file systems to clients and keeping those mappings current. ONStor GNS technology provides an important foundation to simplifying data management in a distributed file storage environment while reducing costs," emphasized John Welter, VP of Technology, Northwest Geomatics. "We are excited that this technology is now available to address the burdens faced by Windows shops as file-based data multiplies."