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For this guide, we will be concentrating on our low-cost, high performance object storage solution, SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials. Any of SoftNAS Cloud®'s editions can be used for archive and backup purposes, but with SoftNAS Cloud® Essential's focus on low-cost secondary tier storage, and improved object-storage performance, it presents an ideal balance for most customer backup and archive needs.

Features of SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials

  • Low Cost
    SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials reduces the cost for “lazy” secondary storage, making it ideal for large scale archival, backup target and disaster recovery workloads.

  • High Performance
    Accelerated back-end object storage writes, deletes, edits and reads – approaching native block storage performance levels. 

  • Snapshots and Rollbacks
    Protecting and recovering your data is easy by creating scheduled or manual snapshots that can rollback your data to a point-in-time—perfect for combating malware and ransomware.

  • Multi-Protocol Support
    File access to back-end object storage via NFS, CIFS/SMB with Active Directory, AFP (Apple File Protocol) and iSCSI block services.

  • Encryption
    Data is encrypted in transit and at rest, and only the customer possesses the encryption keys.

  • Access Control
    Integration with Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP, which provides secure access to customer data.

  • Storage Elasticity
    Grow and shrink your storage requirements on an as needed basis, including thin-provisioning and storage pooling.

  • File Services for Object Storage
    SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials provides files services for object storage only.

SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials is a software defined storage appliance providing the file path for Veeam archive storage to Object Storage in the Cloud.  SoftNAS provides the critical connectivity and integration between Veeam and the Azure platform.

Solution Components:

This solution contains the following components: