Nasuni Review

A very stable and scalable solution with the global file locking feature and the ability to quickly deploy new sites

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for enterprise file storage. We have its latest version, and it is a hybrid deployment. The actual storage or data resides in the Azure cloud, but you access it either through VMs or hardware that you deploy on your premises. 

How has it helped my organization?

With a shift to more remote work during this past year, we deployed a new instance of Nasuni in Azure. This allowed us to be more flexible and support remote work better. We wouldn't have been able to do that with legacy file storage.

What is most valuable?

The global file locking feature is valuable. The ability to quickly deploy new sites is also valuable.

What needs improvement?

Room for improvement would be the speed of replication of new files. I would also like to see cloud mirroring.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. We have about 750 users of this solution. Most of them are technical staff, so they'll be engineers or similar knowledge workers.

It is currently being used company-wide. We plan to increase its usage in the future. We are planning to move some additional data onto it, but we are also evaluating to move subsets of the data from Nasuni to other file storage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good. They are definitely above average.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Windows File Servers, PeerLink, and FileShares. We switched for several reasons. The main reasons were better global file locking, better stability, and better backup and restore.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward, and it took days, which is fair for a solution like this. 

What about the implementation team?

It was done in-house in coordination with the software vendor itself. Our experience with them was very good.

It is also very light on maintenance. We don't have any dedicated staff for the maintenance of the Nasuni system. It would be just very minimal time here and there.

What was our ROI?

I believe we have seen an ROI.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is around $850 per terabyte per year. Any additional costs that you would incur are for the local caching devices that you'll need to access Nasuni. You kind of provide your own virtual machines or compute to access the data. You also pay for the object storage. So, there are three parts to it. There is the Nasuni license per terabyte. You would also pay for the actual object storage in the cloud, and then you would pay for virtual machines to access the storage.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to be careful and pay attention to rightsizing the filers. They should also be aware of certain applications that have requirements that are difficult to fulfill with Nasuni.

I would rate Nasuni an eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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