For the past several years, it seems like every tech company has to say something about the cloud in every communication. While at first, it just seemed like it was the buzzword of the month, today the cloud has caught up with all the hype. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of all enterprise apps are based in the cloud, and the cloud is more popular than ever as an enterprise backup destination. There are even entire businesses that are run in the cloud.
But despite its growing popularity and inherent cost, scalability, and flexibility advantages, the cloud’s performance challenges have historically kept most organizations from considering it for their primary file storage solution. Instead, on-premises solutions such as network attached storage (NAS) have become the norm.
The reason for the cloud’s poor performance as a storage solution is that all cloud interaction occurs by virtue of a synchronization service that relies on existing cloud protocols, which are plagued with speed and performance issues. As a result, latency, bandwidth, establishing a connection, and maintaining a connection are all challenges and points of failure for accessing data sets from the cloud.
But what if those performance challenges could be resolved? What if you could enjoy the speed and convenience of a NAS with the cost, scalability, and flexibility benefits of the cloud? Morro Data CloudNAS does exactly that.
Utilizing Cache and Sync technology, all cloud protocol negotiation is performed in the background to keep files continuously synchronized. Then the Morro Data CacheDrive, a small hardware device that resides on-premises, provides a local presence by storing the file metadata. Using a drive letter interface, the user simply drags and drops files into the CacheDrive. Once the file copy is complete, Morro Data handles the synchronization; the file is sent via the proprietary synchronization service, the Morro Sync Engine, and managed in the cloud. Even large files and large volumes of files can be seamlessly in the background, completely transparent to the user.