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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is Cloud Storage?
  • Cloud Storage provides a way to outsource storage costs to internet providers through a pay-as-you-go model. Instead of paying for CAPEX expenditures such as storage hardware, you can rent storage from Internet Service Providers and achieve a durable, elastic storage environment with virtually unlimited capabilities.
  • Why would I want to use Cloud Storage?
  • Cloud Storage offers users many advantages that include:
    • Protection of data in multiple geographic regions or by multiple Cloud Providers
    • Elasticity of data offering users the ability to grow or shrink their cloud data at a moment’s notice
    • Cloud access any time regardless of location
    • Paying only for the storage you consume each month
    • No initial acquisition costs to leverage cloud storage (no CAPEX)
  • Will my data be secure in the Cloud?
  • With BridgeSTOR, YES! Although Cloud Providers offer security in the form of data encryption when data resides in the Cloud, it is paramount that your data is encrypted when sent over the wire and when residing in the Cloud. For this reason, BridgeSTOR has developed ProtectedCloudTM Security.
  • How can I access Cloud Storage?
  • Cloud Storage can be accessed via APIs or through cloud gateways that translate Cloud Storage APIs such as REST, to protocols used by local storage, such as block-based iSCSI or Fibre Channel, or file-based interfaces such as NFS or CIFS.
  • What is a Coronado V-NAS Access Point?
  • A network appliance (physical or virtual) that resides at a remote site or in the cloud that translates store API’s such as NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, FTP, WebDAV to REST protocols used by Cloud Storage. BridgeSTOR offers a family of Access Points that include:
    • Coronado V-NAS Global Access Point
    • Coronado V-NAS Standalone Access Point
    • Coronado V-NAS Archive Access Point
  • What is the difference between a Cloud Gateway and an Access Point?
  • Cloud Gateways have typically been designed for a single purpose such as backup. Traditional gateways normally have a store-and-forward approach and typically cannot be viewed from multiple sites. While BridgeSTOR’s Coronado V-NAS Access Point does everything a gateway does, it has been designed for organizations seeking a true global namespace. Once a file has been entered into a Coronado V-NAS Access Point, the file is immediately available from other Coronado V-NAS Access Points anywhere on the planet.
  • What is a Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager?
  • A virtual network appliance that resides in the Cloud or VMware cluster that supplies global services such as metadata retrieve, global ACL support, global single file instance, global file locking, file versioning and more. The data stored in a Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager is actually cached data as all BridgeSTOR data is backed up in the Cloud for disaster recovery.
  • What is a Public Cloud?
  • A Public Cloud offers storage or compute capabilities as a service. The Public Cloud resources are shared between customers.
  • What is a Private Cloud?
  • A Private Cloud offers dedicated storage and compute resources that can reside in an existing data center or at a hosted location. Current storage vendors have added cloud interfaces that allow files to be shared over the S3 protocol. New Object Storage vendors ship standard with the S3 protocol.
  • How do I know the Cloud won’t lose my data?
  • Cloud Storage Providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, etc. rely on the ability to safeguard against data loss by spreading data across multiple data stores and in some cases, multiple geographic regions. BridgeSTOR saves the metadata in the cloud while offering users the ability to leverage a local cache that maintains a local copy of hot and critical data based on a user-defined policy.
  • What functionality does BridgeSTOR’s Coronado V-NAS Access Point provide?
  • The Coronado Access Point provides a secure NAS (network attached storage) environment that integrates the data center with the Cloud, allowing Public Cloud Storage or your own Object Storage (Private Cloud) to function like standard NAS. Coronado is delivered as either a physical appliance or Virtual Machine that operates with your existing Virtual Machine Cluster, making it an ideal fit for a variety of environments.
  • How is the Coronado V-NAS Access Point delivered?
  • Coronado is delivered as a Virtual Machine for Hyper-V or VMware. Coronado is also available in an AMI format allowing for full Cloud connectivity to Amazon S3.
  • What features does the Coronado Access Point deliver?
  • Coronado provides a CIFS/NFS interface to multiple Cloud Storage Providers. All data is subject to block-level deduplication, compression, file version control, local caching capabilities and XTS-AES 256 bit Military Grade Encryption. You can now securely access your deduplicated and compressed data in the Cloud by simply mapping a drive letter. And Coronado’s performance levels make Cloud Storage feasible for a wide variety of local applications.
  • What is the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager and who would use it?
  • The Coronado View Manager allows businesses to achieve a global namespace, global file locking, file versioning, global cloud deduplication, local caching capabilities and more. By keeping all Coronado V-NAS Access Points synchronized, the Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager ensures that globally dispersed businesses can access, view, share, update and transfer files effortlessly. This advanced functionality allows global organizations to collaborate on projects more efficiently, transfer critical data quickly, meet deadlines and exceed customer expectations in a shorter amount of time.
  • What is an ideal use case for the Coronado V-NAS Access Point?
  • Coronado can be used by the small business owner who wants to simplify their Cloud experience on up to the enterprise who may require the ability to share files worldwide using our optional Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager. Anyone looking for seamless access to Cloud Storage will benefit from the Coronado V-NAS Access Point.
  • What is BridgeSTOR’s Global Namespace and why is it important?
  • BridgeSTOR’s Global Namespace allows enterprise customers to access and share files across the globe. The Global Namespace and Global Cloud Deduplication are made possible by BridgeSTOR’s Coronado V-NAS Global View Manager. Companies with multiple locations can access the same file view when deploying multiple Coronado V-NAS Global Access Points.
  • What is the Cloud Storage File System (CSFS) and what role does it play in Coronado?
  • Developed by BridgeSTOR, CSFS is at the heart of all BridgeSTOR products. CSFS has taken over four years to create and allows customers to seamlessly access Cloud Storage via native NFS or Windows SMB (CIFS) connectivity. The technology found within CSFS also provides ProtectedCloudTM Security, Global Namespace capabilities, Global Cloud Deduplication, block-level deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, Windows Active Directory integration and more.
  • How is the Coronado V-NAS Access Point priced?
  • The Coronado Access Point can be purchased through the traditional ‘License fee and maintenance style’ model.
  • How does BridgeSTOR keep my data safe?
  • BridgeSTOR’s CSFS offers customers ProtectedCloudTM Security, which utilizes XTS-AES 256 bit Military Grade Encryption for both data “in-flight” and while sitting at the Cloud Storage Provider. CSFS utilizes two encryption keys. The first key is created by you when you sign up for the BridgeSTOR service. This key will be maintained locally. BridgeSTOR will only use this key for encryption and will not copy or save the key to any other location. BridgeSTOR will create the second key called an “XTS Encryption Key”. This key is never stored and is calculated on demand when encryption is turned on. The formula for the “XTS Encryption Key” is BridgeSTOR proprietary and will never be released. XTS Encryption is used so that identical blocks (Ex: two zeroed blocks) will look different. In this way, a hacker will never be able to reverse engineer the data to determine your key. XTS-AES Encryption is vital for customers who must maintain security of their data at all times.
  • How does the Coronado V-NAS Access Point local data tier work?
  • Moving sizeable files or multiple files over a wide area network (WAN) can degrade the performance of your applications, most Public Cloud vendors also charge for the download of files so Coronado has been with an optional local tier of storage. The Coronado V-NAS Access Point maintains all active files in its local tier, or as many as tier capacity will permit, to provide optimal performance and allow more types of applications to use Cloud Storage. The Coronado V-NAS Access Point always writes data securely to the Cloud first so that the copy of a file in local tier is never the only copy. After a user-defined period of time, files that are no longer being accessed from the tier will be removed.