StorageShort: Designing a Multiple Location NAS

In an effort to find talent many organizations have multiple locations so employees don’t have to move across the country or suffer through multiple hour commutes. Technology is the key enabler to having a number of locations but there is one piece of technology that is behind the times: The NAS. With multiple locations, collaborating on data is more critical than ever, but NAS systems have done little to keep pace with modern business realities. In this StorageShort we discuss the problems with NAS and multiple locations.

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The workaround for file sharing across locations include creating a brute force copy everything everywhere or rerouting everyone to a centralized NAS. The brute force problem delivers better performance but causes an issue with syncing and version control. The re-routing of all users to a centralized NAS solves syncing and version control issues, but creates a performance and usability problem.

A multiple location NAS needs to provide both performance to the remote offices and ensure everyone has access to the latest copy of data. It also needs to insure data being modified in one location is not at the same time being modified in another location. The answer is a truly global file system that spans geographically across offices. At each office an edge type of device acts as a cache so each location has rapid access to the data that it needs. The organization can use the cloud for backend storage or it can use an object storage system and create its own private cloud.

Watch our on demand webinar, “Overcoming the Top 3 Challenges of the Storage Status Quo”, and learn how to solve the shortcomings of traditional NAS systems in a modern data center, including how to solve the multiple location problem.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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