Cloudian is shipping HyperFile, a new integrated NAS controller that adds SMB and NFS enterprise file services to its HyperStore object storage systems, offering an edit-friendly access point to a high-density object storage pool.

“It brings traditional enterprise file services to our HyperStore world,” Cloudian CMO John Toor told StudioDaily. “You can now use HyperStore as your back end to access data using standard clients. It gives you file-access functionality with the goodness of unlimited capacity and a cost-effective back end.”

Cloudian HyperFile

The company said a HyperFile/HyperStore active archive solution would fit in between existing Enterprise NAS systems from the likes of NetApp and Isilon and LTO tape libraries, in terms of both price and performance. (It estimates a cost of $.005/GB per month.) That allows users to run a HyperStore platform as a second tier of storage alongside high-performance SAN storage offering extremely low-latency access to the most critical data.

“It’s less than a third of the cost of enterprise NAS, but much faster to access — about 100 times faster than tape,” Toor continued. “This will look and act the same way [as a NetApp or Isilon system], but it scales to multiple petabytes and is less expensive on a cost-per-GB basis.”

VIDEO: Cloudian HyperFile NAS Controller demo

About 2.5 PB of storage capacity can be packed into a 14RU HyperStore installation, Cloudian said, with a modular architecture allowing performance to scale through the use of multiple NAS controllers across a single namespace in a shared-storage environment. The system can also be configured to replicate and migrate data between sites for disaster recovery or other purposes.

HyperFile is available now as a pre-configured appliance or a licensed software package for virtual deployments. Starting price for the 2RU hardware version with a basic license is less than $15,000, Cloudian said. An enterprise license, which enables features including global namespace across multiple HyperFile controllers, geo-distribution (replication/migration), and snapshots, is priced based on capacity.