Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager
The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager has been designed for organizations requiring a single namespace with real-time file accessibility of corporate data from any local, regional or worldwide location. The V-NAS platform achieves this unique capability by splitting file metadata from the physical data, allowing metadata to be saved in a local cache while permanently storing both the metadata and the physical data in cloud storage for maximum protection. For example, when a file is written, the file metadata and physical data will immediately be sent to the cloud storage while a cached version will be sent to the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager for accelerated local file access.
The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager is a sophisticated software-only out-of-band metadata controller for all Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points and is shipped as a virtual machine. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager allows metadata to be returned much faster than other solutions through a “syncing” architecture where the metadata is always immediately available from a “file friendly” environment. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager is recommended to be placed in a highly redundant hypervisor environment such as VMware with VMotion. However, there is no need to worry about the Coronado metadata cache as it is an intelligent cache that includes “self-healing” technology which automatically rebuilds any directories that do not match the metadata found in the cloud storage.
All Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points communicate with the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager, which acts like a “traffic cop” for file locking, single-file instance storage and advanced global functionality. For example, a file uploaded to the cloud in Chicago would be immediately available and viewable in New York and any user in New York could immediately download the file. Single File Instance technology allows optimal transfer speeds while maximizing the use of cloud storage; if the same file is uploaded from another location, only the metadata will be transferred into the cloud. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager monitors all traffic for collisions and orders all data transfers to the cloud.
Global Namespace: View and access the same file system anywhere in the world.
V-NAS Global View Manager Features
- Single Namespace: One single namespace is used for your entire environment. No need to keep track of multiple shares as all users will see the same “f:” drive from any location.
- Scalability: The V-NAS single namespace easily scales by adding additional Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points. Once a new Coronado V-NAS Global Access Point has been installed, it connects with the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager, which immediately exposes the Global Namespace. All V-NAS users may instantly share files with other users in the corporate environment anywhere in the world.
- Global Metadata Cache: When files are written through a Coronado V-NAS Access Point, the metadata is first sent to the cloud storage and in parallel, an additional write is sent to the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager which provides fast and reliable access to the file and directory metadata for all V-NAS Global Access Points without having to read directly from the cloud storage. Advanced self-healing technology ensures the cache is up to date.
- Microsoft Active Directory Integration: Active Directory is a powerful feature in the corporate environment for access control. For Active Directory to be used properly in a Global Namespace, the Active Directory ACLs must be stored in a central location. When an ACL is written, it is sent to the cloud storage and then sent to the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager, which acts as an ACL cache for all Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points.
- Global File Locking: In a global namespace files are constantly being opened and updated. In this environment, users need assurance that the file they are working on is not being edited by others. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager integrates with Microsoft Office applications and other applications by providing a secure global file lock. If a user opens and edits a Word document in one location, the original file will be read-only from any other location.
- Global Single-File Instance: In a global namespace the same file may be stored by multiple users in the cloud storage. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager maintains consistency as files are uploaded. If a file is already in the cloud storage, only metadata will be sent from the Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points. This saves on network traffic and cloud storage. The Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points may also compress the data for additional storage savings.
- Global Data Movement: Many corporate workflows require large files to be moved across the network. These large files may take a long time to transfer. The Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager allows for global watch folders that inform Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points on the completion of a file. This allows the Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points to pull the file into the local cache, thereby allowing immediate availability of the file. No more double-clicking and going for coffee while the file is downloaded from the cloud.
- Global Security Capture: Security professionals are always looking for new tools and new ways to monitor corporate assets. The V-NAS architecture allows for the monitoring of all file opens, file closes, file renames and the deletion of files by logging this information with the Active Directory user numbers to a global file in the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager. Once saved, tools such as Splunk can be used to move the data into a more sophisticated security monitoring program.