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Panzura wants to provide archiving freedom, for a price

Cloud NAS vendor Panzura is expanding into archiving.

The vendor today made available Freedom Archive software that moves infrequently accessed data to public clouds or low-cost on-premises storage.

Panzura CEO Patrick Harr describes Freedom Archive as storage for “long-term unstructured archived data that now sits on-premises on traditional NAS or tape libraries. The key thing is, it’s for active data.”

Harr said target markets include healthcare, video surveillance, gas and seismic exploration and media and entertainment.

Freedom Archive is a separate application from Panzura’s flagship Cloud NAS platform, which caches frequently used primary data on-site and moves the rest to the cloud. Freedom Archive is available on a physical appliance or as software only. It uses caching algorithms and smart policy manager to identify cooler data and move it from on-premises storage to the cloud. Freedom Archive compresses, deduplicates and encrypts data at-rest and in-flight.

Freedom Archive supports Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, and IBM Cloud public clouds, and private object storage from IBM, Hitachi Data systems and Dell EMC. Customers can download the software from Panzura’s web site. Pricing begins at less than two cents per GB per month, which does not include public cloud subscriptions. There is a 30-day free trial period for the software. IBM Cloud is offering 10 TB of free storage for 30 days and AWS will give 10 TB of free storage for 14 days to Freedom Archive customers.

Harr said Chevron, American College of Radiology, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, and law enforcement agencies already use Freedom Archive. The product became generally available today.

An expansion into archiving was among the goals Harr laid out when he became Panzura CEO earlier this year.

Harr emphasized Freedom Archive is for active data rather than cold data that rarely if ever needs to be accessed. That means Panzura is not competing with public cloud services such as Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure Cool Blob and Google Coldline storage.

“This is complementary to what Google, Azure and AWS do, not competitive,” he said. “Glacier is not for active data, and it’s extremely expensive to pull data back from Glacier. Ours is a hybrid cloud where you still have a performant nature to your data.

“Chevron has to access data in real-time instead of waiting for a slow response that doesn’t meet the business need. In the medical space, you don’t want to have to wait when you pull back an MRI.”