You can use Apsara File Storage NAS in the following five types of scenarios:

Enterprise applications

NAS provides high scalability, elasticity, availability, and persistence. You can use NAS as storage solutions for your enterprise applications and applications delivered as services (ADaaS). NAS provides standard file system interfaces and semantics. NAS allows you to migrate your enterprise applications to Alibaba Cloud or construct new applications.

Media and entertainment workflows

You can use NAS to share and process large files in media workflows, such as video editing, audio and video production, broadcast processing, and audio design and rendering. NAS provides powerful data consistency models, high throughput, and shared access to files. This reduces the time required to complete the preceding workflows and merges multiple on-premises file repositories into a single repository that can be accessed by all users.

Big data analysis

NAS provides high throughput of computing nodes, read and write consistency, and low latency, to meet the scale and performance requirements of big data applications. You can use NAS for analysis workloads that require data interactions by using file interfaces, file locks based on file semantics, and write operations on files.

Content management and web services

NAS provides high persistence and high throughput. Content management systems and web servers can use NAS to store and provide data for websites, online publishing applications, and archiving applications.

Container storage

You can use containers to build microservices because containers support fast pre-configuration and flexible resource allocation, and can isolate processes. If some containers must access raw data each time they are started, you must create a shared file system for the containers. This way, the containers can access the file system regardless of the instance on which they run.