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We performed a comparison between Box and Nasuni based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Storage solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Box vs. Nasuni report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"I like the ease of use.""It is a very user-friendly product.""Box is extremely stable, they have not been hacked or lost any data in the past seventeen years. I am very impressed with it.""We've never had a penetration. We've never had a security issue that their support didn't solve. We love their audit trail. We can know exactly when a collaborator opens. We love how you can define a collaborator.""The solution is scalable.""You can upload your bin, upload your files quickly, and download your files quickly. It provides a lot of other alternatives.""Governance and ease of use are why I think a lot of people like Box, including ourselves. Basically, we're concerned about what information is being sent to Box, so we use a lot of the Box governance features to make sure that what is being sent to Box is appropriate. If it is not appropriate, it is not allowed to be sent. It is also pretty easy to use. It is the easiest to use for customers and for technologists.""Box is very user-friendly; more so than SharePoint."

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"We've used it to provide file source capacity for VDI environments. The security of it is important and the fact that it's object storage, it's immutable and that it can't be held for ransom. It's a lot smoother than our previous processes that weren't Nasuni-based. A lot of it is done automatically just by the system being in place.""It has the ability to do end-user recovery, or a user can simply contact an admin who can perform a recovery from the management console. The versioning has simplified everything. Now we don't have to worry about those components.""The most important feature is that things are backed up automatically in AWS. We have a lot of remote sites where there is a tiny server onsite and, in a lot of cases, we really don't have to back them up because the data is automatically copied to AWS. The cloud replication is the most useful functionality for us.""We use Nasuni's continuous file versioning feature and it fully protects us. With the ability to version files and have continuous recovery, it helps in terms of resiliency. If we have an incident then we would be able to easily recover from it by using the technology.""Nasuni Management Console (NMC) is super valuable, and both physical and virtual filers are also valuable. NMC is the one-stop place for all our filers, both virtual and physical filers. They are definitely doing a great job in housing all our documents and surveillance videos.""Another helpful feature, in addition to restoring a file that was deleted within 24 to 48 hours, is that we have the ability to restore a file or a folder that was deleted, going all the way back to the inception of that file or folder. That means we actually have unlimited backups to the inception point of data with Nasuni.""The most valuable feature is that we have redundancy in our data. It's nice to know that it is cached both locally on the filters, as well as stored on that cloud.""The snapshot functionality and the unified file system are definitely the most valuable features for us. The UFS allows everybody across the organization to see the exact same data at the same time, instead of having different file servers with different structures on them, and that's mission-critical. We have different branches throughout our organization that have to act on that data."

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Cons
"With OneDrive, you can continuously save your files over a Box folder. That is something I wish we could have.""If there was a plugin that added some sort of toolbar in Office, that would be great.""The search features and role permissions are not very user friendly. It only searches the first few pages of a document, which is quite a problem.""If you want to delete something in Box, you have to do it manually, one by one. That was my recent experience. They might have a bulk delete, but I could not find that option. If you want to delete something, you have to go to each and every file and delete it.""One thing that Box would benefit from is a records management component.""I recommend doing the trial first, because it's not cheap ware. It's not overly expensive, but it's not cheap ware, and enterprise has a minimum number of users.""The room for improvement is in the area of integrations. They need to establish more integrations, especially with Office 365 and Outlook.""The UI should be faster. Sometimes it lags when switching between documents."

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"Room for improvement would be the speed of replication of new files. I would also like to see cloud mirroring.""There is some room for improvement when it comes to monitoring. We are not using Nasuni monitoring. We are using our own monitoring through Xenos. Nasuni can provide better monitoring capabilities for us to monitor all the filers and NMC so that we don't have to use a third-party tool.""One area that we've recently spoken to Nasuni about is single sign-on. Another is integrating Nasuni with Azure Active Directory. In our particular case, that would allow for third-party consultants to access our Azure Active Directory environment as opposed to coming to our on-premises environment.""The Nasuni file storage platform doesn't work well when there are a high number of small files. This is the case when a directory structure contains more than 10,000 or 20,000 small files, e.g., 5 KB, 10 KB, or 15 KB. When the user is accessing these files from another geographical location, they might face a slow response or timeouts when connecting to the shares, and then to the files. This is because the file size is small. There is a scope of improvement with this solution when it comes to accessing a large number of small files.""Some of their cross-platform features are really good, but it could always use more.""I would like to see improvement in the training Nasuni provides. Compared to some of the other vendors out there, like Microsoft, where you can find how-to videos, Nasuni only has a lot of PDF documents that you have to go hunting for. It's workable, it certainly isn't a problem, but video walkthroughs would always be helpful.""We've had some organizational changes that Nasuni has not been able to keep up with, mainly from a data or file system perspective. Moving a filer from one management console has been a challenge. It lacks the flexibility to move files in and out of the management console. We have six management consoles now, and we're constantly telling Nasuni, "Hey, please allow us to move a filer from management console A to B." They can't do that.""The performance of the filesystem could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I believe Box is cheaper than SharePoint."
  • "They are very price competitive when pushed. Initially, they come out with a standard list price, but they are willing to be very competitive. The Box price was pretty much equal to or lower than the Citrix price, and Box has more features."
  • "There's a free version that allows you to use it with almost full-feature access. Even in the free version, it gives you all you need."
  • "We are using the free version of the solution. There is a free version and monthly and yearly subscriptions available."
  • "Box needs to improve with their pricing in terms of licensing costs."
  • "My organization pays for the license."
  • "The more you dig, the deeper the level of tools, and the more expensive it becomes."
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  • "It is around $850 per terabyte per year. Any additional costs that you would incur are for the local caching devices that you'll need to access Nasuni. You kind of provide your own virtual machines or compute to access the data. You also pay for the object storage. So, there are three parts to it. There is the Nasuni license per terabyte. You would also pay for the actual object storage in the cloud, and then you would pay for virtual machines to access the storage."
  • "The pricing is on par with everybody else, and fair."
  • "The cost is based on the capacity, which is approximately $100 USD per terabyte."
  • "It has a license fee as well as hardware costs, which we would incur if we want to use Nasuni Cloud Storage Gateway for upgrades."
  • "I would not say it is economically priced, but it is affordable. If you can afford to pay for it, it is worth the money, but it is definitely not overpriced. It is priced about where it needs to be in the market. We were satisfied with the way they did their licensing and how they handled it. I believe they actually license by data size. It is based on how much data is being held on the machine and replicated, and that's completely understandable. So, for us, their pricing was as expected and affordable."
  • "Our agreement is set up such that we pay annually per terabyte, and we buy a chunk of it at a time. Then if we run out of space, we go back to them and buy another chunk."
  • "The cost of licensing is negotiated and billed annually per terabyte."
  • "There are annual costs that we pay for maintaining all of the snapshot history in the cloud. That is the primary cost that we pay. We occasionally buy newer Nasuni appliances or deploy them to new offices when the need occurs. That capital equipment expenses is less than the cost of buying new file storage systems. For the most part, you are trading a CapEx cost of storage equipment for an OpEx cost for management of all the snapshot data in the cloud."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is a very user-friendly product.
    Top Answer:I don't have any information in regards to licensing.
    Top Answer:What I get from some of the feedback is they're not sure about the versioning and the downloading, how you download it, and make sure the changes are reflected back in Box. That's more of a training… more »
    Top Answer:The global file locking feature is valuable. The ability to quickly deploy new sites is also valuable.
    Top Answer:It is around $850 per terabyte per year. Any additional costs that you would incur are for the local caching devices that you'll need to access Nasuni. You kind of provide your own virtual machines or… more »
    Top Answer:Room for improvement would be the speed of replication of new files. I would also like to see cloud mirroring.
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    Rating
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    out of 29 in Cloud Storage
    Views
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    Comparisons
    2,672
    Reviews
    22
    Average Words per Review
    1,673
    Rating
    8.9
    Comparisons
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    Overview
    Box is a Modern Content Management Platform for companies of all sizes and industries. The difference that Box brings is that it offers the security and controls admins need with the sharing and collaboration capabilities end users want. Since 2005, Box has made it easier for people to securely share ideas, collaborate and get work done faster. Today, more than 43 million users and 62,000 businesses--including 59% of the Fortune 500--trust Box to manage content in the cloud. The Box platform provides HIPAA, FINRA, FedRAMP, and many other compliances to go with granular access permissions and advanced security capabilities. By using Box you can sync, share, and collaborate on all types of files, anywhere, on any device - but that's just the beginning. You can choose where to store your data, to manage your own encryption keys, and set workflows to automate content-based processes. You can also assign custom metadata tags to content, watermark sensitive content, and set file retention or legal hold policies. Box has deep, native integrations with Microsoft Office and Outlook, Google Apps for Work, Salesforce, Netsuite, Docusign, Adobe, and many other best-of-breed solutions you may already be using.

    Nasuni is a hybrid cloud storage provider that offers its clients top-ranking cloud gateway services. In order to replace the traditional file servers and Network Attached Storage (NAS), Nasuni offers a cloud solution through object storage, UniFS global file system, and file catching applications. It can integrate with public platforms for cloud storage, such as Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services. Additionally, it also works with private platforms for cloud storage, such as EMC ECS and IBM Cloud Object Storage. Nasuni UniFS creates a versioned file system on top of the object-based storage infrastructure that the listed platforms provide.

    As a part of its extensive cloud storage services, Nasuni offers a cloud storage gateway called Filer, which was created to simplify cloud storage and protection. It is a virtual NAS file server that runs on VMware and that leverages the resources of the cloud, thereby making both file storage and its protection simpler. Nasuni’s cloud storage gateway makes incremental storage hardware redundant and, as a result, minimizes costs.

    Nasuni’s cloud storage gateway includes snapshot and data deduplication features, caching, and management of file access, storage, and protection. The solution offers users the ability to keep a second copy of their data offsite in cases of emergency.

    Nasuni Features

    The Nasuni cloud storage solution allows unstructured data management to run smoothly. Its features include:

    • Automatic provisioning: Unlimited capacity expansion and automatic adjustment whenever there is a need to increase or decrease storage.

    • High-performance caching: Copies of working files are kept in users’ local storage to allow for fast access. File changes are sent to the cloud, allowing for the cloud storage files to be updated and also to take up minimal space in storage.

    • Synchronized snapshots with an option for fast restoring: Through snapshots, Nasuni maintains frequent replication of the system, which is sent to the cloud. There, the information is accessible but offsite, meaning a user can see it anytime but it doesn't take up any space on their computer. The snapshot feature also allows for reliable backup of the data that is stored in the cloud.

    • End-to-end encryption: Nasuni cloud storage gateway relies on OpenPGP with AES-256 to ensure the security of users' information in the cloud. The files aren't visible to the company or to any associates, which allows customers to control them fully, using their decryption keys.

    • Choice of cloud vendors: Users canNasuni has a feature that allows its users to choose between different cloud providers.

    Nasuni Benefits

    The services Nasuni provides regarding data cloud storage and cloud storage gateways make file storage easier for users. The benefits of using Nasuni include:

    • Opportunity for simple platform operation
    • Recovery and protection features
    • Easy consolidation, allowing customers and their large volume of data to migrate to Nasuni in less than two months

    Reviews from Real Users

    James J., IT Manager at a marketing services firm, says Nasuni’s management dashboard is helpful because he's able to view all of the different filers at once rather than check each one of them individually. He values the software’s security, reliability, good performance, helpful alerting, and responsive support.

    According to a Server Engineering Services Lead at a mining and metals company, Nasuni offers good OR and DR capabilities, performs well, offers data security, and continuous file versioning helps recover from hardware failures.

    The Managing Director of IT at a construction company appreciates Nasuni because it eliminates a lot of work that was previously done when managing backing up and restoring data files.

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    Sample Customers
    GE, Toyota, P&G, Caterpillar, Flex, Schneider Electric, Sally Beauty, Eurostar, AstraZeneca, AirBnB, Whirlpool, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Nationwide, Aeropostale etc
    American Standard, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, E*TRADE, Ithaca Energy, McLaren Construction, Morton Salt, Movado, Urban Outfitters, Western Digital
    Top Industries
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    Non Tech Company28%
    University10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company35%
    Marketing Services Firm20%
    Engineering Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Construction Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Box vs. Nasuni
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Box vs. Nasuni and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Box is ranked 5th in Cloud Storage with 11 reviews while Nasuni is ranked 4th in Cloud Storage with 22 reviews. Box is rated 8.4, while Nasuni is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Box writes "Easily collaborate and share information with this feature rich solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nasuni writes "Secure, reliable, good performance, helpful alerting, and responsive support". Box is most compared with SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile and Amazon WorkDocs, whereas Nasuni is most compared with Panzura, PeerGFS, AWS Storage Gateway, Qumulo and Commvault Complete Data Protection. See our Box vs. Nasuni report.

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