Nirvana offers a Global Namespace, an extension of a standard file system hierarchy containing files and other data residing on dispersed and usually disparate data sources. The Global Namespace is used to access, manage, search, and organize data across the entire Nirvana Federation. By presenting a single global namespace across any storage device, anywhere in the world, Nirvana allows data to be easily and securely shared among globally distributed teams. Nirvana also automatically moves data to various workflow resources, based on policies so data is always available at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost ― while keeping an audit trail as data is ingested, transformed, accessed, and archived through its complete lifecycle.
- Sophisticated metadata management for unstructured data.
- Expansive, full database table, workflow specific, user defined metadata. Far more effective and efficient for query, provenance and auditing than simple key value pairs
- Wide support for virtually all major storage systems, file systems, operating systems and relational databases
- Versatile interfaces for CIFS (Windows), NFS (UNIX, Linux), Web Services, and leading storage and archival systems with Nirvana Gateways
- Complete and advanced automation for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM Daemon) and data synchronization (Sync Daemon)
- Full suite of security mechanisms including authentication, access control, audit trails and integrity checks
- High availability and disaster recovery with definable number of data replicas in distributed locations
- Intelligent handling of MCAT queries and data traffic for optimal performance with load balancing, data caching, parallel streams and bulk operations throughout the system
- High performance for both large and small files with patented technologies
- Transparent background migration/maintenance of data without affecting users and applications
- Enabling data repository, publication, archiving, and virtual organization in a "grid" environment (i.e., data and storage as a utility)
- Integrates beautifully with the cloud, the MCAT database can be run in the cloud using Amazon's Relational Database Service, which offers several MySQL instance types and scalability options
- Integrated with popular cloud protocols such as Amazon S3
- Nirvana Global Namespace connects private storage, private clouds, and public clouds into a single searchable entity