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Nasuni: File Services that Accelerate Digital Transformation

The sheer volumes of data that have accumulated over the years are immense. Discarding this data is out of question. Every data that is collected and stored is important and makes the foundation for further research and development. So how do large organizations store and save their data?

Nasuni answers this question. Nasuni understands that the traditional device-centric file systems are no longer sufficient when it comes to keeping pace with explosive growth of files generated from IoT, industries, video and audio content, etc. Moreover, the number of data breaches and leaks are continuously on the rise. Hence, Nasuni provides on-premises and private cloud object storage to store all your data.

With Nasuni, you can remove the need for data center file storage by taking everything to the cloud. You have options with a public cloud, private cloud or the popular option of a hybrid cloud model. The Nasuni architecture is versatile, providing many options for organizations of all sizes.

Historical beginnings

Nasuni was founded in 2008 and is based in Boston. There’s an interesting story behind the establishment of the company. It started with the New York Times shifting online and making its presence in the web world. Here, the CTO- Andres Rodriguez was new and had a powerful challenge staring at him. How was he to scale web services from 10,000 internal users to millions of subscribers?

First, Andres and his team thought of purchasing racks of load balancers and web servers. But a site like the NYT- with a record of breaking numerous stories- wouldn’t be able to withstand the large number of clicks when a new story broke. Andres then thought of Akamai. Akamai had a track record when it came to using the internet to replicate and cache content globally. What was implemented back then is revolutionized as the beginnings of cloud service.  

The success factor was in full swing and NYT began digitizing more of its content and production workflows. But the challenges that Andres faced were still there! He had to figure out how to store, protect, and manage the files that were skyrocketing year upon year. One option was purchasing racks of NetApp NAS devices, backup solutions, and disaster recovery infrastructure. But Andres knew that the hardware-based model wouldn’t support the ever increasing file growth. What he needed was a novel file service that blends the performance and access of NetApp with the global reach of Akamai that was also stable and scalable.

The idea was innovative, but the question remained: how do you get the fast-growing data into the cloud object storage? Andres had an answer for this as well: a file system. Particularly, he needed a next-generation global file system that could support a unified set of enterprise file services. And so the idea for Nasuni- meaning NAS United was initiated. With Paul Flanagan- the CEO and President of Nasuni, the company was established. Paul too shares Andre’s vision and passion and the duo have revolutionized things with the company.

Enterprising Solutions

Deployed across multiple offices, the Nasuni edge appliances and enterprise file service have numerous advantages. Nasuni offers a wide range of products including the Nasuni Primary, Nasuni Archive, Nasuni Synchronize, and Nasuni Collaborate. The Nasuni Primary product is a primary backup, DR, and file storage for traditional NAS and file server workloads.

Next, we have the Nasuni Archive which works as a rapid retrieval and long-term file storage for cool file workloads and is absolutely affordable. Coming to the Nasuni Synchronize- the product delivers version alignment, multi-site file sharing, and large file transfer. Lastly, the Nasuni Collaborate is a global file locking for multi-site collaboration without version conflict.

There are some major advantages to using Nasuni products and solutions. Nasuni provides automatic protection, reduced WAN traffic, automatic archiving, unlimited scalability, capacity-based cost model, enhanced collaboration, and enterprise-grade performance.

Behind all of these enterprising solutions is an interesting team. The teams comprise of customer support agents, software engineers, and sales representatives. The people here- while dedicated- extend their time for travel, fitness, some beer, etc. Together, they share their enthusiasm to solve problems and give the best solutions to the clients. Nasuni is certainly growing fast, but is still small enough to make a lasting impact, individually.

Leading the way, innovatively 

Paul Flanagan, President & CEO

Paul Flanagan is responsible for all aspects of Nasuni’s global operations. He is focused on building a world-class team of innovators whose common goal is to leverage the cloud to reinvent enterprise file storage. He has a wealth of experience building and leading high growth companies. As an operating executive, he has raised over a billion dollars of financing and has taken two companies from start-up to IPO with capitalizations over $1 billion. Paul has served as CEO at Rave Mobile Safety and StorageNetworks (IPO: Nasdaq), CFO at VistaPrint, now Cimpress (IPO: Nasdaq), and VP of Finance at Lasertron (Acquired: Corning) and Vitol Gas and Electric (Acquired: Coral Energy).

Paul has also spent 12 years as co-founder and managing director at Sigma Prime Ventures and as a managing director at Sigma Partners, where he led investments in Wordstream (acquired: Gannett), Bionx (acquired: Ottoboch), ReThink Robotics, High Street Partners (acquired: HG Capital/Nair), Contently, and NS1. Paul is also a founding investor and board member for Nasuni.

Paul started his career at Ernst & Young and is a graduate of Bentley University. He is Boston, through and through!

“Nasuni’s key innovation – now patented – moves the inode structures of a file system from hardware to the cloud.”

“Nasuni provides the most scalable, high performance file services platform for the new era of cloud storage, enabling enterprises to better store, protect, access and manage unstructured data across all global locations.”

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