Avere Systems announces Avere Cloud NAS

Avere Systems today announced the release of Avere Cloud NAS, a service it claims "changes the economics and functionality of data storage for the cloud era". The announcement was made at Amazon's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.

One of the new service's key component is the introduction of Avere FlashCloud software that integrates legacy Network Attached Storage (NAS) with Amazon S3 and Glacier services.

That means that a company can quickly and easily move its data between Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3), and its long-term storage solution Glacier.

The key benefit, according to Avere, is scalabilty.

"Scalable performance guarantees there is always sufficient CPU and network I/O for demanding applications," the company argued in its release.

"Scalable capacity enables a large working set of active data, up to 450TB, to be stored on the enterprise premises to ensure a high "hit rate" and low latency access to data."

When we spoke to Ron Bianchini Jr., the President and CEO of Avere, ahead of the announcement today, he told us that "we have the highest performance, but the smallest footprint" in terms of size of hardware.

Bianchini told us that the new movie Gravity was rendered using Avere's NAS system.

"Imagine you have a frame of a movie, and you want to have a lot of different objects in the background. We currently have the highest performance NAS filer, so the guys working on the movie can access their large, high-quality renders quickly and easily."

Steve Kowalski, Vice President of Systems Engineering at Sony Pictures Imageworks, also had some good things to say.

"We have decades of media assets that we must store, representing petabytes of data," he said. "Avere Cloud NAS presents an opportunity to reduce the cost and footprint associated with this type of storage in conjunction with a company whose products we know and trust."

Rebecca Thompson, Vice President of Marketing at Avere Systems told us that "just making the arrays bigger and bigger and jamming more and more stuff onto them - it doesn't make sense anymore, especially in an age where most companies are moving more and more data into the cloud."

"It's gotten to the point where every Tom, Dick and Harry company has to have its own massive NASA data centre. The future is in having a lot of specialised data centres in the right place, for the right types of data. That makes a lot more sense."

Thompson went on to say that for Avere, "getting to the cloud has been a very evolutionary process. There are no shortcuts."

Bianchini noted that "We couldn't have done this without having the NAS optimisation in place first."

So where next after the cloud?

"It depends what happens to the cloud," Thompson said, while Bianchini promised "more features. Glacier is a big one for us."

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