​XenData And Wasabi Launch Cloud File Storage Service

The new service allows file-based applications to use Wasabi’s cloud storage and is available from $0.01 per GB per month.

The tech tie-up means creates a hybrid cloud archive using XenData software to manage a local disk volume creating a smart disk cache which, in turn, maximizes overall restore performance and minimizes the use of Internet bandwidth.

The service also includes a subscription for XenData FS Mirror. This is file system mirroring software that runs on the same server as the Cloud File Gateway. It allows any file-folder structure on the local network to be mirrored to Wasabi, providing data protection and disaster recovery copies of selected network file systems.

The XenData Cloud File Storage Service will be available starting May 1. It is available from $0.01 per GB per month based only on the volume of data stored in the cloud. There are no charges for uploads or downloads. The price includes Premium XenData Support and software subscriptions for an unlimited number of installations of XenData Cloud File Gateway and FS Mirror.

The Cloud File Gateway and FS mirror software is currently available in preview and will be demonstrated at NAB.

“Most other public cloud storage providers have hefty charges for downloads to on-premises locations,” Dr. Phil Storey, XenData CEO, said. “These are often termed egress or bandwidth charges and they can be prohibitively high. The XenData-Wasabi approach, with no egress or API request fees, makes cloud storage attractive for active archive applications which typically have frequent file restores.

The new Cloud File Storage Service also provides: Access to the gateway over the network via SMB, NFS and FTP; compliancy with the Microsoft security model and uses multi-part HTTPS; consequently, all data transferred is encrypted using SSL/TLS.

Storey added, “The Wasabi approach, with zero egress fees, makes cloud storage attractive for active archive applications. Now, by adding XenData Cloud File Gateway and FS Mirror subscriptions, we bring the benefits of Wasabi hot cloud storage to applications that are file-based and do not natively support S3.”

The new service can be added to an existing XenData LTO data tape archive. In this configuration, files can be easily copied or migrated to the Wasabi cloud.

“The integration of XenData’s Cloud File Gateway and FS Mirror software with Wasabi hot cloud storage creates an affordable pathway for content owners to migrate their LTO archives to the cloud," stated David Friend, CEO of Wasabi. “Since Wasabi doesn’t charge for data egress, XenData’s customers can finally enjoy Active Archiving in the cloud without paying a penalty to retrieve their media for a project restore or just a quick review.”

The Cloud File Storage Service allows files to be written to any of the three Wasabi regions: US-West, US-East and EU-Central. It can be extended to multi-cloud environments, allowing files to be written to and restored from other cloud storage providers, in addition to Wasabi. These include Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. For example, files written to Wasabi can be copied to AWS Glacier or to Azure Blob Storage.

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