Nirvana is built for mission-critical tasks with emphasis on reliability, connectivity, security, scalability, performance, and ease of use. Ownership cost is minimized while value is maximized with high availability, improved data sharing, solid performance and a reduced administration burden. Nirvana also readily supports compliance to various regulatory requirements with its security features such as authentication, authorization, auditing, and integrity verification. These features are continually enhanced, while new features reflecting customer needs are continually added.
- Automation: Management tasks like data migration, replication, backup, or deletion can be performed with a single command across heterogeneous storage systems or completely automated using policy Daemons.
- Performance: Because Nirvana's architecture is based on relational database technology and distributed servers, the system has no bottlenecks and is highly scalable - both in terms of capacity and objects under management. It can also be configured to be highly available.
- Security: An end-to-end security architecture is provided enterprise-wide enabling single-sign-on and multiple authentication and encryption mechanisms. Nirvana maintains Access Control Lists (ACLs) for every object and therefore can provide a very fine-grained, role-based authentication mechanism.
- Services: The MCAT and the Global Namespace enable the transition of performing services like backup or migration from a local administrative domain into the enterprise-wide Nirvana Federation.
- Virtualization: Distributed data can be transparently accessed and managed although it might reside on heterogeneous storage systems (Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux, tape libraries, object storage (CAS), relational databases, large object databases, document repositories, etc.).