Files Storage

Simple, Scalable and Smart Cloud-Based File Management

Centrally manage, scale and adapt to changing file-storage needs from on-premises to multiple clouds. Files Storage gives you unprecedented insights into your data.

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How Files Storage Works

Files Storage provides a scale-out distributed file storage solution supporting SMB and NFS on top of Nutanix AOS. 

Virtual file server controllers are deployed across nodes within an existing cluster, or on a dedicated file storage cluster. Nodes are designed to be self-contained and share nothing, eliminating single points of failure. 

Files Storage architecture scales out easily by adding virtual resources and can be deployed across a variety of environments including datacenters, remote and branch offices, edge locations, and clouds.

Deep Analytics for Data Security

Audit file access, usage and modifications

Build audit trails to see who is creating, accessing, moving, deleting, and modifying files and permissions. Filter data based on an event or time range for more insights.

Detect ransomware and other security threats

Safeguard files and data by exposing the earliest signs of malicious user behaviors. Create alert policies that automatically trigger when anomalies and potential cyberthreat behaviors occur.

Policy-driven remediation

Define policies that trigger when file system anomalies and malicious activities occur. See alert details and information about users who cause anomalies and which folders are impacted.

Manage Any Workload Effectively

Visibility for capacity utilization

Gain clarity into how capacity is used over time and what types of files are being added to predefined capacity allocations.

Identify growth patterns and trends

Critical analytics provide exceptional visibility into types of files, file size distribution, growth patterns and trends.

Administer quota enforcement

The scope of detailed information at your disposal enables you to accurately measure and enforce per-user file storage quotas.

Get the Features You Need

Scale on demand

With one click, add compute and memory to file server VMs and add more file server VMs.

Enterprise-ready storage

Get intelligent tiering, erasure coding and compression while controlling per-user storage quotas.

Learn from the Experts

Files Storage: Getting started

Files Storage addresses a range of file storage use cases, including VDI, storage consolidation, and file storage for remote and branch locations.

Simplify VDI storage

The Nutanix approach to VDI storage is fully-distributed, self-healing, and automatically balanced with cloud-like agility.

Other Capabilities


Files archives

Lower the cost of storing data and active/passive archives to meet business and compliance mandates.

Medical imaging

Unify and secure all medical imaging and clinical data into a single scalable file storage solution.

Video surveillance

Store security camera, body camera, and mobile video with rapid retrieval of large amounts of data.

Windows & Linux shares

Simplify and standardize user data shares and boost productivity, availability and data visibility.

Application data

Deliver the right balance of capacity and performance to your business-critical file applications.

Nutanix is Trusted by 25,000+ Customers

"Adding new shares and seeing how much space each share is using with Files Storage is very easy. You just go to the file services tab, and boom! All of your stuff is there, there’s a histogram of what you’ve consumed, and you can easily see the capacity usage runway."

- David Luke, Director of IT Engineering, International Speedway Corporation

"Files Storage is a very intelligent solution that enables hands-off management. Having one big bucket for all file services with a single administrative interface simplifies file management across the board."

- Bret Snyder, Senior Server Engineer, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

"Nutanix is without a doubt the best investment we have made so far, not just on the infrastructure components, but on the entire Nutanix software stack."

- Shailesh Surroop, Assistant Manager, IS Infrastructure,
Mauritius Union Group

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Files Storage Solution Brief

Download this solution brief to discover how Files Storage creates a single platform for all of your application needs.

Files Storage Tech Note

Learn how Files Storage eliminates the complexity of deploying and managing a separate infrastructure silo for storing data files.

Transform Storage with Files Storage

Download this report and discover how to simplify the complex world of file storage with HCI and enjoy cloud-like deployment and provisioning.

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