Nasuni already provides a way for IT organizations to manage multiple cloud storage providers via a single gateway appliance. The company is taking the next logical step today with the release of a new management framework that makes it simpler to manage multiple Nasuni storage gateways across multiple data centers.
According to Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez, the Nasuni Management Console allows IT organizations to take a more federated approach to cloud storage management that maximizes investments in storage administrators. Rather than having to have an administrator in each data center, organizations can opt to centrally manage cloud storage while continuing to actually distribute more data across multiple cloud storage providers than ever.
Rodriguez says there is no reason why IT organizations shouldn’t be able to treat cloud storage providers pretty much the same way they currently treat providers of storage systems within their data center. The Nasuni Management Console is designed to make it easier to play one cloud storage provider off the other in order to get the best possible pricing, says Rodriguez.
Deployed as a virtual appliance, the Nasuni Management Console provides a single pane of glass through which organizations can provision storage, create and manage volumes, apply policies and replication schedules, grant privileges and monitor usage and security. In addition, Rodriguez says the Nasuni Management Console is highly customizable, allowing storage administrators to configure the console almost any way they want.
As IT organizations get more comfortable with cloud computing, many of them are evolving into brokers of IT services. When it comes to cloud storage, however, it’s impossible to assume that role unless the IT organization has ongoing control of the IT storage services being provided.