Panzura Cloud Gateways - Cloud made simple
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January 22, 2016

Panzura Cloud Gateways - Cloud made simple

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Panzura

Panzura CSGs are being used in conjunction with Cleversafe to create a national DFS structure for access by thousands of users. This puts information at the fingertips of numerous staff members across the country as multiple similar cases are litigated. It also provides IT a easier method to implement both disaster recovery via Panzura replication and 30 day local backup/restore capabilities via snapshotting.
  • Ease of configuration - I installed well over 50 Panzura CSGs in under 6 months. The web interfaces are easy to navigate and the CLI is easy to learn.
  • Simplified replication creation. Pick your partners and go, hub & spoke, full mesh, take your pick the GUI makes it clear to understand what is being done.
  • Efficient storage usage. Expandable via additional drive enclosures, resilient due to replication and efficient due to deduplication.
  • Hybrid cloud done right. With APIs to external CAS storage you can create the private cloud you want, and with hooks to external resources like S3 take advantage of the public cloud space for economy of scale.
  • I would like to see more connectors. Tie in to traditional block storage or NAS. Additional cloud connectors to products like Hitachi Content Platform.
  • I would like to see a collaborative product created between Panzura and Riverbed. I envision an almost perfect small footprint ROBO solution where Riverbed provides the compute+WAN optimization and Panzura provides the storage/risiliancy components. Combine the boxes into a single 4U solution and you have a near perfect product for remote offices.
  • Exceptional positive impact on availability - as users move so do their files.
  • Panzura+DFS allowed for simple chargeback models to be implemented.
Decent WAN connectivity is required. If I was working oversees at a vSat connected office, Panzura would be of limited use. Other than that, for any hardline connected sites, with a 10mb connection or better (more is always better, as is true for most things in life) a pair of Panzura CSG devices can immediately provide some piece of mind.