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News: Sneak Peek: See How SoftNAS Reduces Storage Costs Using Azure Blob Storage While Increasing Scale and Security


​By | Aug 23, 2016 | Features, Microsoft Azure | 0 Comments

A core benefit of using cloud storage is getting the data center hardware monkey off your back and getting elastic capacity. A challenge of using new cloud paradigm storage mechanisms such as object storage may result in re-engineering applications customers have spent a lot of time and money cultivating. In Azure, the scalable object storage offering comes via Block Blob offered in both Hot (frequently used data) and Cool (for older data). So, how can you get the benefit of elastic capacity and cost point options and still use the NFS, CIFS/SMB, iSCSI and AFP file sharing protocols that Blob Storage doesn’t provide?

Sneak Peak: Blob Storage for SoftNAS Cloud on Azure

As we continue our efforts to expand Microsoft Azure’s storage capabilities, we’re introducing exciting new features to make Microsoft Azure Blob Storage even easier to use. With the upcoming release of SoftNAS Cloud®, customers will be able to frontend the Blob Storage provided by Azure with NFS, CIFS/SMB, iSCSI and AFP file sharing protocols. See the video below for a sneak peek of how SoftNAS Cloud frontends Azure Blob Storage.

Using SoftNAS to frontend Blob Storage has a number of advantages including:

  • Highly Scalable: Customers can now store up to 16 PB per instance and scale cloud NAS deployments from Gigabytes to Petabytes.
  • No Application Re-coding: SoftNAS Cloud allows easy workload migrations to the Azure cloud without changing existing application data structures or workflows.
  • Improved Flexibility: Customers can mix and match Blob Storage tiers to find an optimal price/performance ratio that best meets their needs. 



Customers can also leverage support for the Hot and Cool Storage tiers for Blob storage with:

  • Azure Cool Storage – Object storage that allows economical safe-keeping of less frequently accessed data.   
  • Azure Hot Storage – Object storage that optimizes frequently accessed stored data to enable continuous IO.
  • Support for Azure Page Blob and Azure Page Blob Premium Storage block storage types included.

As the capabilities of SoftNAS on Azure continue to grow, we’re excited to show you more of our upcoming features.






Content Type: News Items
Created at 8/23/2016 8:44 AM by Lance Baldwin
Last modified at 8/23/2016 10:38 AM by Lance Baldwin