Integrating with NAS Bridge

NAS Bridge provides a file-based interface that is backed by StorageGRID objects. NAS Bridge leverages the object capabilities of the StorageGRID system and the features of the VMware virtualized runtime environment.

NAS Bridge architecture

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NAS Bridge features

NAS Bridge includes the following key features:

Standard client access protocols
Clients access NAS Bridge using either the NFS or the SMB protocol. 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 virtual machine running on VMware ESXi 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.
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. Each S3 bucket is exposed as an NFS export or SMB share and holds the client data and namespace information for a single file system. 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.
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.
Separation of management and data networks
When configuring NAS Bridge, you can define multiple logical interfaces (LIFs) to maintain the separation of management and data traffic in your storage network.
REST API
NAS Bridge administrative and management facilities are provided through a REST API.
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 NAS Bridge administrative interface can be accessed using a supported browser. The user interface provides a dashboard that displays NAS Bridge metrics.
Network services
Both a Domain Name System (DNS) server and a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server are required.