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SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy

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Today’s post, co-authored by Michael Richtberg, VP at SoftNAS, who heavily contributed in describing much of the technical details discussed in this document.

What if you could take advantage of the unlimited flexibility offered by an Azure cloud hosted infrastructure without changing your applications or your data? Would you consider a move that can keep up with your business, as needs change and your demands grow, without the strain of rearchitecting your own capital intensive data centers? Consider the flexibility and scale of Microsoft Azure on-demand resources, that no single organization could possibly afford, that allows you to tap into virtually unlimited adaptability… anywhere in the world!

Traditional Storage Appliances Cloud Hosted Virtual Storage Appliances Purchasing Terms

Purchase and fill for 3 to 5 years.

Pay for used capacity.

Storage Elasticity

Fixed capacity or scale up only.

Flexible capacity scales up or down as needed.

Design Point

Separate products for performance or capacity.

Flexible combinations of performance and capacity workloads.

IT organizations need the freedom to make the best choices for their business. Demands on enterprise storage capacities continue to grow at an increasing rate. Access to storing more data and enabling more applications and users, regardless of access requirements, are essential. With ultra-easy consumption, pay-as-you-grow pricing and no architectural limits on growth, the appeal of the consumption model of public cloud is rising.

SoftNAS Cloud is a software only enterprise storage virtual appliance solution that can replace traditional on-premise storage options for applications that typically require NFS, SMB/CIFS/SMB, iSCSI, and Apple File Protocol (AFP). Microsoft has partnered with SoftNAS to enable an easy transition to Azure for customers that need storage capacities ranging from terabytes to many petabytes.

How Does SoftNAS Cloud Work?

Unlike traditional storage that you pick from a list of SKUs and then wait for it to arrive, SoftNAS Cloud running on Azure, takes less than an hour to configure. There are four fundamental steps that all occur via the Azure Portal :

Creating the Virtual Storage Appliance The Azure search function locates the SoftNAS Cloud image and then walks you through selecting an “instance type” for the virtual controller. Options instantly show up on the workflow in the portal for picking an appropriate compute capacity for loading the SoftNAS Cloud image. Azure instance types provide the vital physical ingredients that allow different degrees of performance like RAM and local SSD for caching, networking, and CPU. Here’s a video for details.
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy
Attaching the Storage Account Using the flexible options for storage performance and capacity types available on Azure, users can attach the appropriate media provisioned from an Azure storage account. The options range from all flash to cool blob (object) storage types. See more on using Azure block storage or for adding Blob (object) storage .
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy
High Availability Using Azure Availability Sets, SoftNAS Cloud enables two instances that communicate via a virtual IP address to the workloads. The Availability Set architecture ensures that the two virtual machines running SoftNAS Cloud are not part of the same affinity group. For more information on setting up high availability, please see this video .
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy
Final steps : Confirm the configuration, purchase and push the setup to deployment. In less than an hour, the NAS storage solution has been created and ready to use. Configuring the volumes
and LUNs occurs via the SoftNAS StorageCenter web console. Here’s a video for an overview of the SoftNAS StorageCenter and more information on configuring pools and volumes .
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy
The resulting configuration leverages the Azure infrastructure that can now service workloads using standard storage protocol interfaces that can adjust over time to match business requirements. SoftNAS Cloud utilizes the Azure block and/or object storage accounts as a storage pool much like traditional storage systems use disk drives.
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy
SoftNAS Cloud and Azure make a great combination for increasing the native Azure file services capacity beyond the 5TB limit available today. Because SoftNAS Cloud is a software only means of creating the storage system, customers have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of Azure compute instances to meet varying performance demands. SoftNAS Cloud leverages these combinations to provide flexible cost and performance storage solutions that are often difficult or impossible to obtain using conventional on-premises options. If you are unsure of your future demands, you simply add-on capacity as your needs change.
SoftNAS Cloud on Azure - Cloud NAS Storage made easy

Thinking you might be taking a step backwards by shifting your storage and applications to the cloud? SoftNAS Cloud includes all the enterprise features expected from an on-premises network storage solution. This includes these advanced capabilities:

Data Protection High availability for a No Downtime Guarantee Copy on write file system On-disk and in-flight encryption for 360-degree protection AD, AAD, and LDAP integration Lifecycle Management Instance writeable clones Snapshotting Replication Data Efficiency Services Deduplication Compression
… both for better cloud storage cost effectiv

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