Avere Systems has introduced a virtual NAS solution that provides the ability to deploy and scale compute in the cloud while using both on-premise and cloud-based storage resources. Version 4.5 of Avere’s flagship OS delivers Virtual FXT Edge Filers for use within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

The company’s Edge Filer technology is a software-only product that runs in the compute cloud alongside the applications, providing low latency access to the active data and enabling applications to run at maximum performance. Avere’s Virtual FXT Edge Filers are simple to install and manage, provide best-in-class NAS functionality (including NFS and SMB/CIFS), and cluster to deliver high availability, scalable performance, and capacity.

The Virtual FXT can also be used for burst computing in the cloud at peak times with no hardware purchases or long-term commitment to software licenses, allowing companies to provision compute on a pay-as-you-go monthly basis.