VAST Data Enhances the Universal Storage Platform

VAST Data, a storage company, is releasing Version 3 of its Universal Storage architecture, introducing more than 20 new features – including support for Windows and MacOS applications, cloud data replication, and native encryption.

These latest Universal Storage updates allow enterprises to now marry all-flash performance with archive economics and scale to enable mission-critical and data-intensive enterprise production environments to consolidate their workflows and bring the power of flash storage and fast access to all of their data.

New features of this release include:

  • SMB support for Windows and MacOS applications: VAST has developed its own SMB server stack to power high throughput Windows and Mac applications. This full VAST solution enables enterprise customers to enjoy seamless multi-protocol access between NFS and SMB as well as the performance needed for media and entertainment organizations. In addition, VAST’s new ultra-resilient SMB server enables seamless failover of SMB clients where legacy NAS storage systems force customers to take a downtime event.
  • Cloud-Based Backups: VAST’s new Snap-to-Object feature allows customers to protect their critical data assets by snapshotting data to another VAST system, an on-premises S3 storage system or the cloud service of their choosing. This low-cost and modern form of system backup enables customers to no longer be reliant on a second data center to implement disaster recovery strategies for their file and object data.
  • Native encryption at rest: Version 3 will encrypt user data at rest using FIPS-class AES-256 when it is stored to 3D XPoint and QLC flash. This further strengthens VAST’s robust security protocols and provides customers peace of mind that their information remains secure.
  • Enhanced data reduction for unstructured data: This release enables VAST to showcase its unique Similarity-Based Data Reduction and delivers dramatic storage efficiency gains to customers who have never experienced any data reduction from their legacy storage options, thereby making flash affordable for all applications. Examples include:

Additional updates include enhanced user behavior monitoring, new performance improvements, and management features that make it easy to deploy and scale Universal Storage.

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