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Talon Storage Solutions and Microsoft in Partnership

Talon FAST and Azure NetApp Files streamline IT storage by centralizing unstructured data.

Talon Storage Solutions, Inc., a provider of software solutions that allow organizations to centralize and consolidate IT storage infrastructure while delivering fast and secure access to the centralized data for users, is partnering with Microsoft Corp. to provide their joint customers with the ability to centralize and consolidate branch office IT storage assets.

With Talon FAST Intelligent File Caching software and Azure NetApp Files, enterprises can control their unstructured data and how they access data, eliminating complexity and providing significant cost savings.

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Industry analysts report that 85% of companies are actively adopting a cloud transformation strategy, combining on-premise, hybrid, and public cloud services with storage technology to host both structured and unstructured data. Consolidation of this data into Azure NetApp Files, enhanced with Talon FAST, provides branch offices with immediate, streamlined access to centralized company data with locally cached, active data sets.

Azure NetApp Files was designed to provide the world’s most demanding file-based applications a powerful data platform in Azure that customers could count on,” said Anthony Lye, SVP and GM, cloud data services business unit, NetApp. “Through the integration with Talon Storage, Azure NetApp Files users can increase collaboration and agility worldwide with the ability to extend their centralized, cloud-based pool of data to their global community.

Talon FAST Intelligent File Caching software and Azure NetApp Files, a native Azure service built on NetApp technology, together help unify the distribution and presentation of this accessible content for distributed storage and business applications and provides: 

  • A single set of centralized data transparently available throughout the distributed enterprise, at the datacenter, in branch offices, and remote locations as well as within the Azure Intelligent Cloud 
  • Benefits from a software-based solution that delivers file sharing and collaboration with central file locking, which allows for flexibility, scalability, ease of deployment, and simplified management 
  • Delivery of a unified approach to file sharing that eliminates locally managed storage and backups
  • An end-user experience for critical business applications on-premise as well as in the cloud
  • A cost-effective solution that simplifies IT service management for the enterprise

Finding innovative, cost-effective ways to leverage cloud-based platforms remains a high priority for the global enterprises we are speaking with,” said Henry Baltazar, research VP, 451 Research LLC. “Solutions like Talon’s FAST provide global caching and data access and data consolidation capabilities that enable cloud services such as Azure NetApp Files to extend the reach of their storage and data management capabilities beyond cloud-native application environments to on-premises data centers, remote offices and edge locations.

In today’s distributed enterprises, 70% of data currently resides ‘at the edge’ and there’s a significant need for organizations to secure and manage those file sets more effectively, and preferably centrally, ” said Andrew Mullen, SVP, Talon. “Organizations will benefit from the technical and business architecture that Talon FAST, in combination with Azure NetApp Files, provides. This approach will transform global enterprise’s multi-site data access and high performance collaboration by guaranteeing improved end-user productivity and business data protection.

The Talon FAST/Azure NetApp Files solution is available.