2017 Press Releases

February 16, 2017

Panzura Introduces New Freedom Product Line

Panzura unveiled its new Freedom product line, allowing organisations to integrate the economics of cloud storage with the performance of flash to solve increasing unstructured data complexities. The new Freedom product family -- Freedom Archive, Freedom NAS, and Freedom Collaboration -- frees organisations from storing unstructured data on expensive NAS systems and migrate, manage and access that data in any cloud. With Panzura's Freedom line, customers can select the hybrid cloud storage functionality required now and easily upgrade with a simple license to access extra functionality later.

Panzura Freedom Archive wipes out the need to store less frequently accessed data on expensive primary or secondary storage from vendors or shift it to more conventional archiving methods such as tape or optical disk. Instead, Freedom Archive combines the benefits of high-performance local cache for high speed data ingest and on demand access to critical data with the economics and limitless capacity of cloud storage to make archiving of petabytes of data simpler, quicker and less expensive.

Panzura's Freedom NAS offers organisations with high performance to shared data and home directories. This is done so by centralising that data in the cloud while keeping active data cached close to the users and applications. Local users have full read-write abilities with the global namespace while users at offsite offices can read data from a central cloud repository. Freedom NAS is simpler, quicker and less expensive than deploying separate primary, backup and archive storage at each site.

Freedom Collaboration builds upon the advantages of Freedom Archive and Freedom NAS while offering full cross-site collaboration of project files regardless of where they reside. Global teams need not to wait for files to open or sync before receiving quick access to application data. Freedom Collaboration also removes the need to maintain separate local copies of files and the version-control nightmares that can lead to data integrity issues. All files are read-write accessible at every site as though on a local, locking filer and all data is backed by a central cloud data repository.

According to Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst at ESG, "The rise of public cloud services has fundamentally altered the IT infrastructure landscape. The effects of this shift have disrupted few sectors more than the data storage segment. Faced with ever increasing capacity demands, the status quo of the traditional storage array is no longer sustainable for many organizations. Cloud can be an answer, but organizations still demand the performance of local storage. Panzura's new Freedom product line enables organisations to take advantage of cloud economics, but not sacrifice fast, local performance all while choosing the level of functionality needed."

Patrick Harr was also positive about the new product line introduced, "Enterprises are accelerating their cloud first strategies. Combine this with the massive growth of unstructured data and the fact that 90% of that data has not been accessed in six months and you can see why enterprises are turning to hybrid cloud storage. Freedom Archive, Freedom NAS, and Freedom Collaboration enable enterprises to fulfill their cloud first initiatives, keep the fast flash local performance users and applications require, and save 70% compared to traditional storage."

Availability and Pricing

All three products in the Freedom product line are available now. Organisations can download a free, 30-day trial version of Freedom Archive here. Customers can also apply for a free trial license of Freedom NAS and Collaboration. Freedom products work across all major public cloud providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and IBM Cloud as well as private cloud object storage providers including IBM and EMC.