February 2nd, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
WDC & Avere Partner To Enable A New Massively Scalable Storage For Private And Hybrid Clouds
Today Western Digital Corporation announced that its HGST Active Archive System has been certified with the FXT 5000 Series Edge Filer family from Avere Systems. This new combined system will combine the strength of the two products in order to enable enterprises to leverage the scalability and economics of cloud architectures, while preserving investments in file storage and applications. HGST's Active Archive System provides exabyte scalability with 15-nines of data durability, while the Avere 5000 FXT Series Edge Filers provide effortless storage tiering between high performance NAS and the HGST Active Archive System.
The public cloud offers great cost benefits but certain customers don't like the idea of their data in public clouds or they have a very large data set. This new solution would enable customers to deploy on-premises and remote cloud-scale file storage as well as hybrid cloud-bursting models. The cloud-bursting works by using intelligent file system caching to take only active data to cloud-based compute platforms, while using the performance of the local compute and storage. This new combined solution gives customers flexibility while allowing them to integrate with their existing systems using NFS, SMB, and S3-compliant access protocols.
WDC and Avere can provide an object storage solution delivering cloud-scale economics to targeted rich metadata applications to their customers in media and entertainment, finance, life sciences, and high-performance computing (HPC) markets.
The HGST Active Archive System and Avere 5000 FXT NAS Gateway are each available immediately through HGST and Avere channel partners.