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Pros
"It has snapshot capabilities. We take advantage of those."

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"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.""I particularly like the restore process. Our financial teams make changes to spreadsheets and other files, and we've got teams using Photoshop files. They make mistakes and need to recover files, and we can do that instantly. We also have users who manage to delete folders, and we can bring them back instantly within a few seconds.""Continuous File Versioning is one of the best features because it helps you to restore at any point in time. That means you don't have to worry about a ransomware attack. Even if that attack happens, you can restore all the data to five minutes ago and save everything.""The nice thing about Nasuni storage is that it is immutable. This means the data is only written once. So, you never modify the files. When you write a file out to the storage, it doesn't modify it when you change it. The technology knows how to figure out what the difference is between the original file write and what the changes are. Therefore, it only saves the changes.""The most valuable feature is the storage in that it only keeps the last-used data locally, while everything else is backed up to the cloud. That way, we never really have to worry about file space in each office or the replication to the other file servers for DR.""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.""The global file locking feature is valuable. The ability to quickly deploy new sites is also valuable.""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."

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Cons
"Its read performance can be improved. It is just slow in comparison to other file systems, but a lot of it also has to do with the fact that they have a limited number of spindles under each node."

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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.""I would like to see Nasuni create a Dropbox or Box alternative. One of the things that people like about those tools is that they are very easy to implement. They look just like a file server. With Nasuni, you have to be online to get your file storage. With Dropbox, there is a thing running on your PC that downloads the files to it when you need them, i.e., an agent.""Nasuni recently implemented a health system for filers. However, it needs better visibility because it lacks data and an explanation, or reasoning as to why a particular filer may be unhealthy.""The only thing that I'd like to see is more support for platforms like OneDrive or Box.com.""The performance of the filesystem could be improved.""Some of their cross-platform features are really good, but it could always use more.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I won't talk about specific numbers, but it is a little hard to compare it to other products out there because there is nobody out there that does exactly what they do. If you are just comparing it to another NAS box, it is probably going to look higher, but that's an unfair comparison because it does things that a NAS box can't do."
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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 has snapshot capabilities. We take advantage of those.
    Top Answer:I won't talk about specific numbers, but it is a little hard to compare it to other products out there because there is nobody out there that does exactly what they do. If you are just comparing it to… more »
    Top Answer:Its read performance can be improved. It is just slow in comparison to other file systems, but a lot of it also has to do with the fact that they have a limited number of spindles under each node.
    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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    Also Known As
    SpanFS
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    Overview

    Designed to combine the best of enterprise and cloud stacks, SpanFS exposes industry-standard, globally distributed NFS, SMB and S3 interfaces.

    The IO Engine detects random vs. sequential IO profiles, splits the data into chunks, performs deduplication and directs to the most appropriate storage tier.

    SpanFS also includes a new Metadata Store based on a consistent, distributed, NoSQL store for fast operations at scale.

    SnapTree® provides a distributed meta data structure based on B+ tree concepts. It supports unlimited, frequent snapshots with no performance degradation.

    Nasuni is a leading provider of file data services, including file storage, backup, ransomware protection, and file access for hybrid workers. The Nasuni File Data Platform is a cloud-native replacement for traditional network-attached storage (NAS) and file server infrastructure, but with many more advanced capabilities. Nasuni consolidates file data in easily expandable, highly-durable object storage such as Amazon S3, Azure Blob, and Google Cloud object storage at a fraction of the cost of on-premises or other cloud solutions. The Nasuni approach to data services creates a scalable, innovative platform for digital acceleration, business growth, and data insights previously unachievable.

    Because Nasuni was natively built for the cloud, customers benefit from all that it offers, including:
    -Simplified global infrastructure for multi-site management and scalability
    -Always-on business continuity with data protection & ransomware recovery
    -Optimized user productivity using global file sharing & remote access
    -Game-changing business insights with data intelligence
    -Cloud provider choice and multi-cloud portability


    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
    Tribune Media
    American Standard, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, E*TRADE, Ithaca Energy, McLaren Construction, Morton Salt, Movado, Urban Outfitters, Western Digital
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company32%
    Marketing Services Firm18%
    Engineering Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Construction Company9%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%

    Cohesity SpanFS is ranked 7th in File System Software with 1 review while Nasuni is ranked 1st in File System Software with 24 reviews. Cohesity SpanFS is rated 0.0, while Nasuni is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cohesity SpanFS writes "An integrated solution with good snapshot capabilities, stability, and scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nasuni writes "Secure, reliable, good performance, helpful alerting, and responsive support". Cohesity SpanFS is most compared with Oracle ZFS, WekaFS and CTERA Edge X Series, whereas Nasuni is most compared with Panzura, PeerGFS, AWS Storage Gateway, Azure NetApp Files and Egnyte Connect.

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