Did you see The Station's story on Nasuni's new cloud gateway yesterday in eWEEK? If you missed it, check it out here.
Nasuni [for NAS-unity] Filer is a virtual NAS file server/front end that runs on VMware and uses publicly available cloud resources -- namely, Amazon S3, Iron Mountain Digital, Nirvanex and Rackspace -- to handle administration of an enterprise's cloud storage. It's designed for any computer-savvy business person to use [let's face it, we're mostly all computer-savvy] for setting up cloud storage accounts.
However, setting up cloud computing accounts can be tricky, so test runs can be a good idea.
Nasuni also offers optional snapshots, instant data recovery (in case of mistakenly deleted files) and end-to-end encryption. Synchronous snapshots capture the entire file system hourly and save the snapshots to the cloud, where they are easily accessible.
Not often does one get a chance to use something like this for free. Nasuni Filer is available as a free download for the next couple of weeks. After Feb. 28, however, no more freebies will be allowed.
So test it while it's hot. And did we mention that it's free?