Panzura Announces Cloud Controllers on VMware vCloudAir to Enable Global Locking File System

By CIOReview | Monday, September 21, 2015
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CAMPBELL, CA: Panzura, a developer of enterprise infrastructure technology products announces that VMware vCloudAir will now have Panzura Cloud Controllers.

The enhancement will transform vCloud Air Object Storage into a globally distributed file system. Panzura has achieved technical validation within the vCloud Air environment. In addition, Panzura is in the Elite tier of the vCloud Air ISV program and has also been listed on the VMware Solution Exchange.

The colocation will provide the same consistent locking file system in vCloud Air as in the datacenter. This will give companies the benefits of the cloud without the complex networking, data transfer, performance and authentication issues that are normally associated with hybrid cloud. Now applications that are developed for use within the corporate datacenter can run without a single change in vCloud Air. Panzura supports both object storage options in vCloud Air, EMC and Google Cloud Storage.

The Panzura Global File System distinguishes all tiers of legacy enterprise storage into vCloud Air Object Storage as well as removes the need for WAN Optimization and expensive MPLS networks between offices. Global file locking enables applications built for a Local Area Network to work even over a Wide Area Network taking CAD file open time from 20-40 minutes to 10-20 seconds. The Panzura customer Electronic Arts (EA) global deduplication ensures that each unique block of data is only stored once across the entire enterprise, reducing the total storage footprint at EA from 1.5 petabytes to only 45 terabytes.

Data is secured at rest in Panzura controllers and in the cloud as well as in transit in between controllers and the cloud with FIPS 140-2 certified security and customer retained security keys. This results in data in the cloud being more secure than data behind corporate firewalls without the need for additional cloud security gateway devices.

VMware vCloud Air customers will also have access to Panzura SkyBridge, which creates a cloud-integrated datacenter where vCloud Air is an extension of the corporate datacenter. SkyBridge does this by creating a layer 2 network connection between the cloud and corporate datacenter and enabling corporate authentication services without federation to the cloud. It also automates, orchestrates, and launches all required cloud compute instances and enables the use of corporate DHCP so that the cloud infrastructure is a part of corporate IP namespace. It also creates a file system instance in vCloud Air.