XenData Announces Multi-Site Sync Service

The new service creates a global file system accessible worldwide via cloud file gateways.

XenData says its new Cloud File Gateways are optimized for video files, supporting partial file restore and streaming. Each gateway manages a local disk volume that caches frequently accessed files. The solution scales to 2 billion files, unlimited cloud storage and up to 256 TB of local disk cache at each location.

The solution uses object storage and is priced from $150 per month for a system that manages up to 10 TB of cloud storage and has two gateways. The cost of the cloud object storage is in addition. Multi-Site Sync is scheduled to be available in May.

“It optimizes an organization’s productivity by providing global file sharing across multiple facilities combined with excellent local performance provided by the local disk caching,” the company said.

Each instance of the synchronized gateway runs on a physical or virtual Windows machine and allows the global file system to be accessed on each local network as a standard share using SMB, NFS and FTP network protocols. When a file is written to the cloud object storage via one of the gateways, it immediately appears as a stub file within the global file system on all other gateways.

The solution currently supports: Amazon Web Services S3, Hot and Cool tiers of Azure Blob Storage and Wasabi S3.

“It works with multiple cloud storage accounts, allowing simultaneous use of multiple cloud storage providers within the global file system. Each gateway uses multi-part HTTPS with checksum verification for fast, reliable and secure connection to the cloud storage.”

The gateways adhere to the Microsoft security model based on Active Directory, allowing easy installation into existing domains. 

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