FAST™ Deployment Methodologies
Whether it's your existing datacenter storage platform, hybrid cloud or public cloud storage infrastructure, FAST™ transparently integrates into your environment, allowing you to centralize and consolidate unstructured data into a "Single Set of Data" that is authoritively managed, secured, and backed up in compliance with your organization's requirements. FAST™ extends your centralized data footprint out to the branch offices, caching ONLY what is required in those locations, allowing you to consolidate IT infrastructure and services and cut storage costs.
Below you can find some of the most commonly used deployment strategies, either on-premise or while leveraging public cloud services. If you have any specific requirements or questions about supported deployment models, consult our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.
Talon FAST™ is storage agnostic, which means the software transparently integrates within your existing environment, whether utilizing traditional file servers, storage clusters, NAS devices, or any type of CIFS/SMB/iSCSI infrastructure. Your backend storage platform is where IT manages the organizations data (Volumes, ACLs, NTFS Permissions) and leverages your existing enterprise backup solutions to achieve optimal RTO/RPO.
Your Storage + Your Infrastructure + FAST™ = Scalable, Governance & Compliance
The diagram below outlines how Talon FAST™ overlays your existing backend storage and infrastructure, transparently extending on-premise storage, i.e. NetApp AFF/FAS that hosts all of your file shares, to your distributed branch office locations.
Users will be able to access their data transparently through drive mappings or a global unified namespace (DFS-N). More information on the end user and performance benefits can be found here.
Hybrid Cloud Storage
Many organizations have embraced a "Cloud First" strategy. This means a lot to IT, but also impacts how your end users leverage their applications and services. The easy part is consolidating SaaS/PaaS workloads into the cloud, i.e. Microsoft Office 365 or SharePoint. However, the most comprehensive workload in an environment, unstructured file data, can still be too much of a headache to "lift and shift" to the cloud. For those organizations that require a more gradual approach, hybrid cloud storage solutions may be a better fit.
Cloud Storage + Your Infrastructure + FAST™ = Flexible, Full Control & Cost-Efficiency
The diagram below outlines how Talon FAST™ co-exists with hybrid cloud storage solutions to tier archive data to "cheaper" storage, leveraging the cloud as a storage tier. This model separates active data from archive data at your datacenter into the cloud. As you own your private keys associated with your storage, data is centralized, encrypted, and thereby secured.
Public Cloud Storage
For those organizations that want to eliminate their existing datacenter infrastructure and move all workloads into the cloud, FAST™ can perfectly fit into this strategy. Many Small to Medium businesses have simplified their storage and infrastructure management data all in one place, protected by LRS (locally redundant storage) or GRS (geo-redundant storage) storage, and additional Microsoft Azure integrated services for the purpose of backup, high availability, and disaster recovery.
Cloud Storage + Cloud Infrastructure + FAST™ = Simple, Consolidated & Future-proofIf you would like to understand more about the backend storage options when consolidating your data into the cloud, check out our alliances page. Our customers leverage a wide variety of backend storage solutions, i.e. NetApp ONTAP Cloud, SoftNAS Cloud NAS, or directly into Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS. It's all possible.
Designed for Scale & Performance
Whether you have a hand full of branch office locations or scale at large, up to 100's of branch office locations, a few TB's or multiple PB's of data, Talon FAST™ fits any type of environment. The FAST™ fabric is the only software-based solution that scales without sacrificing performance. Our Intelligent File Caching technology keeps the active data set local in every branch office, ensuring a high performance end user experience at all times, while maintaining full consistency without putting pressure on bandwidth requirements, expensive hardware, SSD disks, META-data replication, or having to implement proprietary (hardware) platforms.
Disaster Recovery & High Availability
"I love managing and paying for a replica datacenter infrastructure so I can meet my HA/DR SLA's"—Said no one, ever.
Talon and its partners have helped many organizations to define a highly available deployment strategy, including service-level clustering and datacenter-to-datacenter failover and failback scenarios in case of a real disaster. The FAST™ fabric transparently fits into this strategy, either on-premise or leveraging hybrid/public cloud. Depending on your requirements, FAST™ software deploys on Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters and extends for Disaster Recovery using a hot or cold stand-by instance to take over when lightning strikes.
Contact one of our consultants to discuss your requirements and how FAST™ would integrate in your environment.