by Adam Armstrong

CTERA Updates Its Cloud Storage Gateway Portfolio

Today CTERA Networks announced updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio. These updates include a 4x capacity expansion and a virtualized cloud storage gateway. CTERA claims these upgrades will deliver new levels of deployment flexibility, storage capacity, and efficiency for remote office IT environments.

Designed to replace legacy file/NAS servers, tape backup and other proprietary systems, CTERA cloud gateways are a single, cloud-integrated and cost-effective solution that serve as all-in-one storage appliances. The gateway lineup is an extension of the CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform. The CTERA Platform allows distributed enterprises and service providers to address all aspects of file storage (both online and offline), file sharing, and data protection from a secure and centrally managed solution that can be deployed entirely on the cloud infrastructure of their choice.

As stated, the refreshed line of cloud storage gateways includes a virtual appliance configuration. This new virtual appliance is aimed at enterprises that wish to utilize existing remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware to deliver the full functionality and benefits of a CTERA cloud storage gateway. The appliance also enables CTERA gateway services to be deployed from either VMware or KVM servers. This may be particularly appealing to organizations that have invested in converged infrastructure or virtualized IT.

CTERA also re-engineered its gateway file management system, maintaining and orchestrating the primary file system in the cloud. CTERA gateways extend this global system by selectively syncing files to remote and branch offices according to user and/or IT administrator-defined policies. The appliances act as additional storage tiers in a cloud-based file management and synchronization system that combines endpoints, offices, and the cloud. CTERA’s Sync Gateways now support local volume sizes of up to 64TB or four time the capacity over previous models.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). A virtual form factor eliminates the need to deploy and management multiple systems at the office, and allows an organization to consolidate office servers, firewalls, print servers, file servers, DHCP services, and in-office backup services onto a single converged server that features built-in cloud backup capability.
  • High availability configurations and failover capabilities. Organizations now can leverage the CTERA virtual gateway to implement highly resilient office file services for the most demanding remote environments.
  • Increased capacity at the edge. Virtual storage volumes allow branch offices to easily scale and address large and growing storage capacity requirements.
  • On-demand deployment of file and data protection services. A virtual appliance enables organizations to deploy file and backup services at any office instantaneously, resolving any collaboration, business continuity or data protection challenge.
  • Provides IT investment protection and a path to converged IT. Organizations can integrate the virtual gateway with various computing services and manage it all from their choice of hardware.

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