XenData Cloud File Gateway software allows file-based applications to use Azure blob storage without modification. The blob storage may be shared across multiple computers and VMs with each running an instance of the Cloud File Gateway, creating a Globally Shared File System. The gateway runs on a Windows platform which can be a physical on-premise computer, an on-premise virtual machine (VM) or a VM running in the cloud. Each machine running the gateway has a disk cache that can be configured to retain frequently accessed files.
The gateway is optimized for video, image and other large files which makes it ideal for a wide range of applications including creative media, video surveillance, medical imaging and many scientific and engineering uses.
Globally Shared File System
Each gateway can access Azure blob storage creating a massively scalable shared file system. Provides unlimited capacity and makes files available anytime and anyway.
Gateways On-Premise and on Azure VMs
The Cloud File Gateway software runs on a Windows platform, whether on-premise or in the Azure cloud. It allows file-based applications to seamlessly use Azure blob storage.
Supports 3rd Party Container Imports
Containers created by 3rd party applications such as Azure Storage Explorer or AzCopy may be imported into the globally shared file system. This non-proprietary approach prevents unnecessary conversions.
Tailored Disk Caching Policies
Each gateway has a disk cache for retaining instances of frequently accessed files. Tiering policies determine which files are written to disk cache, blob storage or both. The user can set policy rules for various file types and folders. Timed disk retention rules may also be applied to files written to blob storage, determining how long files are held on cache after written or last read.
High Performance File Transfers
The gateway delivers outstanding transfer rates whether installed on-premise or on an Azure VM. It is optimized for large files, making it ideal for many creative media, image, scientific and engineering applications.
Standard File Sharing and Security
Files may be accessed locally or shared via SMB, NFS or FTP. The tiered storage volume is fully compliant with the Microsoft security model based on Active Directory, allowing for easy introduction into an existing Windows domain or workgroup.
Gateway Running in the Cloud
Cloud File Gateway software on an Azure VM allows file-based applications to run in the cloud and share a massively scalable global file system held on blob storage.
Gateway Running On-Premise
Running on-premise, the gateway can upload to and restore from the massively scalable global file system held on Azure blob storage. Its tiering policies keep frequently accessed files on the local disk cache for best performance while minimizing blob storage access costs and Internet bandwidth usage.