NAS Bridge features and benefits

NAS Bridge provides several core features and benefits by leveraging the object capabilities provided by StorageGRID Webscale as well as the features of the VMware virtualized runtime environment. These features provide a powerful and flexible solution that can add value to your storage environment.

NAS Bridge includes the following key features:

Standard client access protocols
Clients access NAS Bridge using standard network storage protocols. Aside from connecting to the mount points exposed by the node, no client changes are required.
Virtual machine deployment
NAS Bridge is implemented and deployed as a VMware virtual machine. Because of this, NAS Bridge leverages several VMware features, including High Availability (HA). There is also flexibility in terms of where the virtual machines are deployed, especially during recovery after a failure.
Integration with StorageGRID Webscale
The NAS Bridge node is integrated with the StorageGRID Webscale object storage system through the S3 API. This integration allows NAS Bridge to leverage many of the StorageGRID Webscale features, including data storage redundancy.
NAS Bridge does not impose any additional limits on the number of files stored in and retrieved from the object store.
Migration path to object-based file access
NAS Bridge ingests the client files and stores them unmodified in StorageGRID Webscale. This provides a unified object-file view of the data which enables a possible migration path from file-based to object-based storage. Applications can evolve based on customer needs.
Cache acceleration
Each NAS Bridge node provides one or more cache devices that perform both read and write-back caching. This cache is optimized for object storage and improves overall performance of the NAS Bridge. You can locate the cache devices on external network storage.
Maintain separation of management and data networks
When configuring a NAS Bridge node, you can define multiple logical interfaces (LIFs). This enables you to maintain the separation of management and data traffic in your storage network.
RESTful web services management API
NAS Bridge administrative and management facilities are provided through a RESTful web services API. You can access the API in several ways, including through the native browser interface, the Swagger page, and one of many popular programming languages and tools.
Extensive maintenance and support capabilities
The native web administrative user interface includes maintenance and support features, such as alert notifications and the generation of debugging packages.
Dashboard and reporting capabilities
The administrative user interface provides a dashboard that displays NAS Bridge metrics. You can use open source tools to customize the dashboard to show different time scales, different types of charts, and different metrics.