All-in-One Cloud Storage Gateways
CTERA's cloud storage gateways are hybrid appliances that seamlessly combine local storage, cloud storage, data protection functionality and collaboration capabilities in a single, cost-effective package. Ideal for SMBs as well as enterprise branches and remote offices, CTERA's appliances can replace legacy file servers and tape backup in a single solution with significant cost savings.
The appliances feature a full set of Network Attached Storage (NAS) capabilities and comprehensive backup functionality, utilizing on-premises storage capabilities for speed and local sharing, while taking advantage of cloud storage for off-site backup, universal access, file sharing, and folder synchronization.
The On-Ramp to Cloud Storage
CTERA cloud storage gateways enable selective replication of data to the cloud providing full control over cloud storage use and costs, while making it possible to access files, share them and restore them directly from the cloud.
Comprehensive Data Protection
With the included CTERA backup software and managed agents, the CTERA cloud storage gateways provide a highly cost-effective and comprehensive solution for server, desktop and laptop backup. Key features include:
- Automated scheduled local & cloud backup
- Selective file backup and "bare metal" disk-level backup
- Bandwidth optimized cloud backup with block-level de-duplication
- Application-aware backup for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Active Directory
Robust NAS Capabilities
CTERA appliances provide a rich set of storage capabilities with enterprise-level security and management features:
- RAID for redundancy in case of disk failure (available on the C200, C400 and C800)
- CIFS, NFS and AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) for network file sharing and folder synchronization
- User quotas and role-based user management
- Thin-provisioned snapshots with Next3
- Active Directory integration
- Web access using DDNS and WebDAV (via CTERA Portal)
CTERA cloud storage gateways can be managed remotely via CTERA Portal. Template-based management and remote firmware upgrades make it possible to manage numerous appliances while maintaining minimal on-site IT and reducing total cost of ownership.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of our appliance models and specifications:
|Ideal for||SOHO||Small office / SB||Branch / SMB||Branch / SMB|
|Storage bays||External only||2 X 3.5" SATA||4 X 3.5" SATA||8 X 3.5" SATA|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||2x USB 2.0||2x USB 2.0|
|Ethernet||1 Gigabit||1 Gigabit||2x 1 Gigabit||2x 1 Gigabit|
|File systems||NTFS, FAT32, EXT3/NEXT3|
|Network protocols||CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, WebDAV, rsync|
|Incremental Backup, Folder Cloud Sync, Remote Access, Remote Management & Monitoring, Firmware upgrades|
|Workstation Agents included||10||20||50||50|
|Recommended # of users||5-10||10-20||20-50||20-100|
|Form factor||Palm-sized||Desktop||1U rackmount||2U rackmount|
Appliance (Local) Features
Configurable Snapshot Retention Policy
A nested snapshot retention policy can be customized as part of cloud storage service plans, as well as on CTERA appliances when using the Next3 file system.
Easy to Use Web Interface
CTERA's appliances are managed using a standard web browser, with an user-friendly GUI that makes it easy to manage volumes, shares, backup and users.
Integrated Cloud Backup
CTERA's robust cloud backup is fully integrated into the appliance user interface, allowing to schedule backups to run automatically at specific times or intervals.
Flexible Bandwidth Throttling
Ensure smooth network performance by selectively throttling appliance-to-cloud traffic when your network is busy. Control the exact bandwidth consumption during specific days of the week and hours of the day.
RAID Storage Arrays Configuration
CTERA appliances (with the exception of the CloudPlug) support RAID for local storage redundancy in case of hard disk drive failure. RAID 0/1 are supported on CTERA C200, and in addition RAID 5/6 are support on CTERA C400 and C800.
Rule-based Backup Set Definition
Define exactly what files to back up, based on folder location and file attributes including type, size, modified date and more.
Network File Sharing
CTERA appliances support popular network file sharing protocols including CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, rsync, and WebDAV.
Integrated Cloud Services
Choose from multiple cloud services including backup, cloud file sharing, remote access, firmware updates, DDNS and more.
Remote Firmware Upgrades
CTERA Portal makes it possible to automatically upgrade CTERA cloud storage gateway firmware, pushing upgrades to the appliances according to policies determined by the administrator.
CTERA Portal provides full control over cloud storage gateway configuration using templates. Once a change is made in the template appliances subscribed to that template are automatically reconfigured.
|"CTERA has been ahead of the competition by launching their appliance based hybrid solution back in 2008 after realizing the real need for a cost-effective, all-in-one solution for centralized storage and secure off-site data protection.
CTERA rightly deserves a 4 on a maximum of five stars."
|"A SAN, NAS and cloud storage solution that's simple to use, simple to manage and has very good performance, all at a reasonable price."|
"[CTERA] has gone to market with an approach to cloud storage that simply makes very good sense for small or mid-sized businesses... the CRN Test Center can fairly say that the solution is fast and easy to deploy, works as advertised and provides solid management and administration capabilities...
|"Installation is a breeze... Configuration is easy...It just works. And it is fast. In summary, the CloudPlug is a great little box, and its getting better.."|
|"Business owners - You are who this is marketed for and with good reason. This product is for you!
It just makes things easy and you have the security of knowing you have the information you want backed up.Go and get this now because it doesn't get much simpler than this."
|"The CloudPlug is one of those devices you simply plug in and let it do its job...it really does pack a lot of capability into a tiny device. Do yourself a favor and back up your critical files right now."|
|"CTERA did a nice job with this product. The user interface was very well done, and the cloud-storage features worked as advertised... For small-office or home use, the CloudPlug has surprisingly fast performance, low power consumption, a tiny footprint and is completely silent."|
|"In summary, the CTERA CloudPlug is a device that lives up to its marketing.
It is an easy way to take a USB or eSATA drive and put it on a network with a minimum of hassle. The device is simple to set up and easy to use."