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Ctera Launches Intelligent Cloud Storage Routing

Taking multi-cloud to next level with granular policy-based data routing using heterogeneous object storage targets

CTERA Networks Ltd. announced version 7.5 of the its Enterprise File Services Platform including it’s patented Cloud Storage Routing technology as well as numerous enhancements in data management, deduplication, and security. This release further expands its mission to evolve enterprise storage from an IO/s-centric approach to the new world of multi-cloud DataOps.

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Cloud Storage Routing allows organizations to utilize multiple cloud storage providers and on-premises object storage systems with policy-based control over data placement. Organizations can route data to be stored in different destinations globally with a fine granularity based on tenant, user, or individual directory. With Cloud Storage Routing, organizations can maintain data sovereignty and GDPR compliance, while providing low-latency access to data and minimizing cloud egress fees.

Cloud Routing is built on the foundation of CTERA Direct, a high-performance, low-latency, direct-to-cloud data transport protocol that was designed to overcome data transfer challenges across different cloud environments and high-latency links, while adhering to a zero-trust philosophy.

CTERA 7.5 also includes the following major features which make it a complete and cyber-resilient data services platform:

  • Cache De-Dupe: Edge Filer-level de-dupe of cached data, increasing storage efficiency by up to 80%. Significantly reduces cost and hardware footprint at the edge, while increasing the amount of data that can be cached and improving performance.
  • Enterprise Key Management: Delegated storage of cryptographic keys using the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), including certified support for Thales CipherTrust.
  • Permanent Delete: Unrecoverable file erasure option, meeting strict compliance regulations regarding removal of classified information, and allowing adherence to GDPR right to erasure.
  • New Storage Providers: Support was added for Cohesity SmartFiles, Quantum ActiveScale, and Hitachi Content Platform version 9.4.
  • Usability: A new Edge Filer user interface providing a modern and easy-to-use user experience.
  • Local Quota: Enforcement of folder level quotas on Edge Filers.
  • Mac OS Experience: A new version of the CTERA MacAssist, providing a consistent user experience to Mac users, with support for the JAMF platform for zero-touch deployment.

“We’ve continued to enhance our Enterprise File Services Platform based on customer feedback and evolving industry need,” said Oded Nagel, chief strategy officer. “CTERA 7.5 brings with it more of everything our award-winning solution has always been known for – the fastest file synchronization, de-dupe, and virus protection at the edge, while remaining laser-focused on enabling cloud adoption for enterprises without having them sacrifice their privacy or security over their data. We’re pleased to bring CTERA 7.5 to market.”


This release represents a major step forward for CTERA, confirming its leadership role in the cloud file storage and distributed file access market segment.

It introduces a data placement mechanism to distribute content to a variety of targets at tenant, user or directory granularity. It gives to users a better control where they place data and align this settings to some compliance and regulations rules. And thus the solution maintains a global namespace across all storage locations - on-premises and cloud-based - exposing a global view to ease file access.

Beyond cache de-dupe and a few other features, the firm adds new targets supporting new compatible S3 storage entities with object storage coming from Cohesity, Hitachi Vantara and Quantum. It is probably today the widest list of object storage supported by a vendor in that category. In other words, users can work with any object storage removing a potential technical objection.

The battle is clearly on between cloud file storage vendors especially among CTERA, Nasuni and Panzura dominating that segment followed by a series of specialists addressing specific use cases.