Bob Fernander, CEO of Nexsan, came by to provide an update on what’s new at his company and discuss a number of enterprise issues. He went on to discuss UNITY, what Nexsan claims is the first unified storage platform that integrates NAS, SAN, object storage, and private cloud synchronization and sharing.
I was rather surprised to learn that Connected Data, the supplier of the Transporter family of personal cloud storage systems, had been acquired and is now part of Nexsan. I don’t know how I missed that transition.
What every enterprise needs
Nexsan believes that midmarket enterprises need a number of storage features:
- File access and storage for unstructured data, Documents, Photos, and Video
- Block SAN to support Virtual Machines, VDI, and Databases that is based upon high-speed Flash or/or nonvolatile RAM caching
- Remote and offline access to data and applications for mobile and remote systems
- Enterprise file synchronization with “Dropbox” simplicity
- Features to support data governance that are able to address enterprise needs for data retention, audit capabilities and to address regulatory compliance
- Tools to address disaster Recovery, Business Continuity as well as Archival storage
Fernander spoke about the broad range of storage needs that are addressed by the company’s current product portfolio. He also pointed out that the company is now integrating the ease-of-use, simplicity of management, and other capabilities from the Transporter family into their other families of storage systems.
While I”m not totally convinced by the list of features Nexsan puts forward as “what enterprises need,” it is a reasonable list for midmarket companies, remote offices and branch offices of larger enterprises. Large enterprise data centers, on the other hand, need greater levels of scalability and integration into enterprise storage management tools. They also need storage to support and integrate with the management tools offered by major virtualization platforms.
Customers need to be aware potential “lock-ins” when considering personal/private/midmarket cloud storage.