CTERA Networks, a provider of secured file services from any cloud, has announced a series of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio. The updates are designed to deliver new levels of deployment flexibility, storage capacity, and efficiency for remote office IT environments.
The refreshed CTERA gateway lineup includes a new virtual appliance configuration that allows enterprises to utilize existing remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware to deliver the full functionality and benefits of a CTERA cloud storage gateway. CTERA gateway services now can be deployed from either VMware or KVM servers, offering a good option for organizations investing in converged infrastructure or virtualized IT.
CTERA Networks also announced a re-engineering of its gateway file management system, with the primary file system maintained and orchestrated centrally 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 64 terabytes, a 4X capacity increase over previous models.
Physical and virtual CTERA cloud storage gateways serve as all-in-one storage appliances that replace legacy file/NAS servers, tape backup and other proprietary systems with a single, cloud-integrated and cost-effective solution. The gateway is an extension of the CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform, which enables organizations to protect data and manage files across offices and appliances – all from the organization’s private or virtual private cloud.
The newly designed CTERA cloud storage gateway portfolio would deliver:
- 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.
- 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.
“Since 2010, CTERA has focused on consolidating the branch office hardware stack while providing exceptional product functionality and customer value,” said Jeff Denworth, SVP Marketing, CTERA. “Our new virtual gateway and capacity expansions are the natural progression of this strategy, simplifying the deployment of cloud-integrated file and data protection services for organizations that seek cost-effective, easily-managed solutions at the edge of the network.”