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Nexsan Assureon Cloud Transfer for Secure Archive Storage System

To combat rising storage costs and enhance security features for long term data retention
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2018.06.13

Nexsan Corporation announced the Assureon Cloud Transfer, an additional feature of its Assureon secure archive storage system.

This add-on enables customers to freely migrate or copy data to or from public cloud platforms and Assureon's on-premise archive storage providing long-term data protection and retention. Assureon Cloud Transfer is designed to combat the rising costs of cloud storage and offers a security and integrity feature set.

The cloud offers flexibility and elasticity, but by unnecessarily keeping cold data in the cloud for long periods of time, organisations are struggling with painfully high invoices from their cloud vendor. With Assureon Cloud Transfer, customers can utilise the best features of the cloud, while offloading cold data onto a secure Assureon on-premise hardware platform. This reduces the accumulating premium costs associated with keeping data in the public cloud, providing data portability while reducing risk of cloud vendor lock in. Assureon Cloud Transfer optimises demands on backup infrastructure. In addition, organisations can set policies to automate the process, allowing cold data to move freely and automatically from and to the cloud to Assureon, yet retaining immediate access to all files from any desired cloud server instance.

The Assureon on-premise archive hardware provides assured data protection and integrity for long term storage of important digital assets. Used by thousands of organisations to protect their most sensitive or valuable digital files, it implements a file fingerprinting and asset serialisation process combined with metadata authenticated by a private blockchain. This enables automated integrity audits, providing positive assurance of the completeness and authenticity of business records. It also provides a suite of defences against the growing menace of ransomware and other threats which mimic the permissions of genuine users to cause damage and may be configured to support any regulatory or compliance regimen including HIPAA, SEC17a-4, and GDPR.

"Using cloud storage for all types of data, including long-term and sensitive information, is like deciding to store most of your property in a rented storage unit rather than in your own home," said Gary Watson, co-founder and CTO, Nexsan. "The costs keep rising as you accumulate more possessions and require you to expand the space. While it certainly is easy and sometimes makes sense to store some extra items this way temporarily, when it comes to a valid long-term strategy, the most secure and cost-efficient method is to keep permanent and valuable items close to home. This same logic and the same economics applies to cloud vs. on-premise storage. Assureon Cloud Transfer makes it easier, and extremely cost effective, to move valuable data back on-premise for greater security and control, or to keep the authoritative copy in-house while allowing cloud-based copies to be deleted to save money whenever desired."

"Nexsan's Assureon is a highly reliable archive system that is ideal for customers who need file security and especially if they need regulatory compliance. It resonates well with customers across all industries, and this latest capability will meet many of today's enterprise IT challenges," commented Dave Hiechel, president and CEO, Eagle Technologies. "Many customers are looking to migrate to the cloud in some form. Nexsan has bridged the gap to allow customers full control over security and compliance. By enabling the utilisation of both cloud and on-premise, an organisation can now create an optimised architecture for its needs."

"The addition of Assureon Cloud Transfer is the first step in Nexsan's long term cloud strategy. It's ideal for customers looking to improve security while also reducing storage costs. Although it has many use cases, the launch is particularly timely as it coincides with the GDPR deadline. GDPR is the rebirth of archive. ACT gives enterprises more control of their archived data whether it resides in the cloud or on-premise - ticking all of the boxes around GDPR compliance," commented George Crump, president and founder, Storage Switzerland LLC.

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