Talon FAST™ and Microsoft Azure

Get even greater returns from your cloud storage for business investment

If you're using Microsoft Azure to support your evolution to a cloud-first strategy, FAST™ ensures that you get more from Azure-compatible cloud storage for business. From Microsoft StorSimple, Azure Files and Azure Disk, to third-party solutions like NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, you can experience seamless global collaboration.

Did you know? The end of support for StorSimple 5000/7000 series ends June 30, 2019!
This means that enterprises need to find a new solution to tackle unstructured data. Learn more »

What Azure already does for you
How FAST™ extends Azure's value
Enables global collaboration by providing team members all over the world with access to cloud-hosted applications and unstructured data
Delivers a high-performance, low-latency file-sharing and collaboration solution for a global workforce, empowering your team to collaborate on files while maintaining one central, authoritative dataset
Provides the scalable, pay-as-you-go flexibility of public cloud resources within a familiar Microsoft environment
Helps your distributed locations connect to storage centralized within the Microsoft Azure Cloud, hybrid cloud, or traditional datacenter
Cuts storage costs by eliminating the need to maintain legacy data center storage while providing virtually instantaneous scaling on demand
Lowers storage costs even more by connecting branch offices to centralized storage, eliminating local backups and consolidating local file servers

How They Work Together

The FAST™ core instance runs on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 as co-resident to your existing file shares within an Azure VM. It works with almost any Azure-compatible solution you use for cloud storage for business and data management, including NetApp ONTAP Cloud, SoftNAS Cloud NAS, StorSimple, and more by relying on SMB/CIFS, iSCSI targets, or direct integration with Azure Disk or Azure Files.

Microsoft Azure Disk or Azure Files

Once the core instance is deployed, it transparently extends centralized file shares to your distributed locations. Team team members all over the world can then collaborate on these centralized datasets—with the fast performance they would normally get from a local file server.

FAST™ Edge Instances at the Branch
In addition to your core FAST™ instance, you deploy edge instances as virtual appliances at each branch location. These edge instances connect back to the core instance to form the FAST™ fabric, creating a virtualized file share that presents centralized datasets to branch users.

The FAST™ edge instance also creates an intelligent file cache, stored and managed on an NTFS volume, that automatically recognizes and caches data your most commonly used at the branch. The result? Easy collaboration, consistent datasets, and the cost savings that come from centralizing data and consolidating local IT assets.

Don't Just Take Our Word for It

Get more from your Azure investment by simplifying data security and governance, and enjoy the cost savings—as much as 70%—that come from using FAST™. Find out how Cimpress (Vistaprint) used FAST™ along with Microsoft StorSimple in Azure to cut its cloud storage for business footprint by 82%.

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