Resilio Connect for OSNexus QuantaStor

Extending OSNexus to Universal File Delivery and the Cloud

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We are excited to announce our new partnership with OSNexus today. Our companies share an engineering-driven culture and passion for customers, and we have a number of joint customers in markets like gaming, media and entertainment, and technology, among others.  

The big news is that Resilio Connect now runs natively on OSNexus QuantaStor. QuantaStor is a unified Software-Defined Storage platform designed to scale up and out to make storage management easy while reducing overall enterprise storage costs.  

The joint solution simplifies installing and using Resilio Connect on QuantaStor and gives joint customers the best of both systems—for reliability, flexibility, scalability, and availability.  Customers are able to predictably replicate and sync massive numbers of files of any size and type, in real-time, across any number of locations. 

In a press release issued today, Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNexus, said, ”Combining Resilio with OSNexus delivers a next-level solution enabling collaboration at a global scale within an organization. With the release of QuantaStor 5.12 organizations can now set up Resilio agents in a multi-tenant fashion. This brings higher security and QuantaStor also makes the Resilio agent highly available ensuring continuous file synchronization and distribution even in the event of hardware failures.”

Why run Resilio on OSNexus QuantaStor? One reason is global reach – to extend your QuantaStor storage grid to the cloud and to users in remote offices, home offices, or on the road. Or an edge device that replicates to/from QuantaStor.  

Other benefits include: 

  1. Real-time sync. Rapidly and efficiently send only the changed portion of the file in real-time, to as many people, places, and locations as needed. This feature is essential to remote work, server sync, and a variety of collaboration scenarios. 
  2. Omni-directional file delivery. Distribute, consolidate, sync, and automate file delivery in any direction: to/from as many locations and endpoints as needed. Resilio supports bidirectional, one-to-many, many-to-one, and N-way (many-to-many) file delivery. 
  3. Scalability. Simply add endpoints to increase performance. All agents transfer files in parallel; it takes practically the same time to send a file to (or sync a file with) 1000 endpoints as it does a single endpoint. 
  4. Unlimited file sizes. Efficiently move and sync files of any size and type across any location and network, irrespective of latency and loss on the network. This is huge in M&E (think 8K movie files) and gaming when distributing massive build files. 
  5. Cloud ready out-of-the-box. As mentioned above, you can incorporate the cloud on your own terms with your on-prem QuantaStor storage grid. Resilio works with any S3-compatible object storage and cloud file storage. For example, you could deploy QuantaStor across all of your on-prem data centers and use Resilio to collaborate across all remote locations, including the cloud.
  6. Data migration. Migrating files from 3rd-party NAS systems to QuantaStor using Resilio is easy. 
  7. Flexibility. Use your choice of hardware for storage, servers—and client endpoints. Resilio extends QuantaStor’s flexibility to the client side; Resilio agents run on macOS, Linux, Windows, Android, and other OS’s.  

So how does it work? Resilio jobs (for sync, distribution, consolidation, and scripting) and other file delivery operations are centrally controlled through the Resilio Connect management console. The console runs on any type of server (physical, virtual, or containerized) running Windows or Linux. The management console manages and communicates with Resilio agents installed on QuantaStor clusters. 

Architecturally speaking, Resilio Connect is based on a peer-to-peer architecture which eliminates single points of failures (SPOFs) and distributes file delivery across multiple Resilio agents. Resilience is built-in to transfers end-to-end. If a failure occurs, Resilio Connect dynamically routes around the failure to keep files moving to their destinations. 

Security and data protection are also built-in. There’s no reliance on 3rd-party security services. Encryption is provided for files in transit. The solution can be optionally air gapped.  

We think the combination of Resilio and OSNexus will be popular in media and entertainment.  

“In the M&E industry, artists and editors need an easy way to collaborate across the globe with NAS storage that’s fast, reliable and highly-available,” added Umbehocker. “QuantaStor’s new integration with Resilio provides all of that plus multi-tenancy, making it easy to secure and share files via Resilio to specific tenants while following the principle of least privilege.”

From an end user perspective, Resilio gives customers an easy, fast, and flexible way to synchronize files in real-time back to your storage. Work remotely, collaborate globally, and automate file delivery across any location. Creatives and other users can use their own devices and tools. Resilio runs on Macs and PCs and is compatible with popular editing and content creations tools like Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, and DaVinci, among others.  

At Skywalker Sound, for example, they started using Resilio in response to Covid. Today, the Resilio deployment has evolved into a longer-term hybrid work solution. As project data changes, editors instantly and efficiently sync changes from their remote location with primary storage located at Skywalker Ranch and partner studios in Los Angeles. 

“When the OSNexus team suggested using a containerization approach to run Resilio agents, we knew it would provide significant flexibility and scalability for their customers,” said Eric Klinker, CEO of Resilio in the press release. 

“With new hybrid work models taking hold, teams need access to files without delay, and companies need to keep everything in sync across their storage ecosystem – regardless of file size and varying bandwidth. QuantaStor and Resilio together are a seamless solution for media, entertainment, post-production, and gaming companies.”

Summary

We’re excited to be working with OSNexus. We think Resilio Connect and QuantaStor are better together! To recap, some good use cases for running Resilio on QuantaStor include:  

  • Global file sharing and collaboration for files of any size and type, across any network—from poor quality edge networks to remote offices. 
  • Massively scalable, high performance build distribution and sync for gaming, software development, and a variety of IT, devops, and cloudops scenarios. 
  • Fast and easy remote work from anywhere – that works with software and hardware your teams already use; where client agents install on macOS, Windows, Linux, and Resilio’s management console runs on QuantaStor on the storage side.
  • Disaster Recovery—to simplify delivering “warm DR” scenarios and to meet demanding RTOs and RPOs across as many sites as needed.

Interested in learning more about Resilio Connect and OSNexus QuantaStor? Schedule a demo today and tag OSNexus in the use case field.

Here’s the co-terminus blog post from OSNexus on the joint solution.  It’s a great read!

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