NAS Bridge features and benefits

NAS Bridge provides several core features and benefits by leveraging the object capabilities of the StorageGRID system and the features of the VMware virtualized runtime environment. The NAS Bridge features provide powerful and flexible enhancements 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 NAS Bridge, the client does not need any other configuration. Clients can connect directly to a NAS Bridge share or export as if they were connecting to a network drive of a native file server.
Virtual machine deployment
NAS Bridge is deployed as a VMware virtual machine and leverages several VMware features, including high availability (HA). In addition, the location of virtual machine deployments is flexible, which is especially important in disaster recovery.
Attention: When using the HA and VMware vMotion (Live Migration) features, you must define at least one Network Time Protocol (NTP) server and set an accurate clock time for the ESX hosts.
Integration with StorageGRID
NAS Bridge integrates with the StorageGRID system through the S3 API. This integration allows NAS Bridge to leverage many StorageGRID features, including data storage redundancy. You can also use S3 to access your files for data mining purposes by navigating to the objects in the StorageGRID system.
Scalability
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 the StorageGRID system, which provides a unified object-file view of the data. Based on customer needs, applications can evolve from file-based to object-based storage.
Cache acceleration
Each NAS Bridge provides one or more cache devices that perform both read and write-back caching. This cache is optimized for object storage and improves overall NAS Bridge performance. You can locate the cache devices on external network storage.
Separation of management and data networks
When configuring NAS Bridge, 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 API Docs (Swagger) page, as well as web 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 log file packages.
Dashboard and reporting capabilities
The administrative user interface provides a dashboard that displays NAS Bridge metrics.