Cloud Gateway Maker Nasuni Adds Data Migration Service

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-20 Print this article Print

The new 2.4 release of Nasuni Filer includes a native data migration service that can move large data sets to the cloud while preserving a customer's existing ACLs and permissions.

Cloud systems gateway provider Nasuni on Jan. 20 announced a new migration service for its Nasuni Filer, which is designed to move existing file server data more efficiently to selected cloud storage providers.

Nasuni 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 primary data cloud storage.

Thus, Nasuni-a small company-doesn't have to compete with all those big names; instead, it feeds its storage business right to them.

The new 2.4 release of the Filer includes a native data migration service that can move large data sets to the cloud while preserving a customer's existing ACLs (access control lists) and permissions, Nasuni founder and CEO Andres Rodriguez said.

An ACL is a list of permissions attached to an object. An ACL specifies which users or system processes are granted access to objects, as well as what operations are allowed on given objects.

Nasuni's migration service automatically adjusts the system's ingestion rate to make it simpler and more efficient to move data, making it no longer necessary for admins to use a third-party copy utility. Users can choose to migrate from multiple file servers simultaneously simply by adding them as data sources to the Nasuni Filer.

The new data migration service also provides administrators with audit logs and makes them available as text files, Rodriguez said.

"Customers have been asking for a simpler way to move data to the cloud. We knew that we could simplify migration dramatically by adding it as a built-in service," Rodriguez, a former CTO of The New York Times, said.

A free trial download of the Filer is now available.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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