Businesses and organizations are recognizing the value of active archives in addressing their overall long-term storage needs.
Here’s a look at what’s to come according to some of the industry’s top storage experts:
Advanced Data Tape Will Carry More of the Storage Load
With all th innovation occurring in the tape market, the pieces are in place for tape solutions to expand their presence in the data center and carry more of the storage load in 2015. The timing could not be better as users struggle with increasing data loads and limited budgets. Innovations like LTFS, barium ferrite, tape NAS, Flape (flash + tape), tape in the cloud, high capacity formats and extended roadmaps are coming together to provide solutions for data protection and active archiving.
There Will Be Increased Adoption of Storage Tiers
The need for large-scale data capacity is driving the implementation of an increasing number of tiers of storage across a growing number of organizations. There will be an increase in tier 0 with a tidal wave of flash adoption for the fastest form of storage as well as a multi-tier approach to long-term data, with the rapid adoption of public cloud and an anticipated swift increase in private cloud creation. Combinations of flash, disk and tape are being used in both public and private clouds to meet custom requirements. An increasingly complex storage environment will become the norm, with specific data being placed on specific storage technologies for specific periods of time with automated ‘data fluidity’ systems controlling the life-cycle process.
Greater Intelligence Between Applications and Storage
Will Simplify Active Archive Deployments
Applications that can be integrated with storage will improve overall storage management by removing complexity and helping organizations to better utilize active archive solutions. Solutions will use intelligence to deliver the right storage to meet application performance while driving efficiencies that help keep storage costs within targeted budget requirements.
There Will Be a Move to Object Storage as an Archive
There is a movement in the industry towards object storage as an archive. Object storage is attractive for several reasons: 1) it is massively scalable; 2) it is cost effective; and 3) it is able to also act as a cloud infrastructure for collaboration. The trend is being accelerated because there are many ways to access an object based archive these days, including NFS, CIFS, mobile OSs.
As the demand for more cost-effective, long-term storage options continues, active archives will proliferate.
Sample of Archive Solutions recommended by Sunstar Company, Inc
- Nexsan : The Nexsan Assureon™ is an archive system that is ideal for primary storage optimization, regulatory and corporate compliance, and the secure, long-term retention of files. Assureon offloads data from primary storage to free up space for active data and greatly reduces the size, cost and complexity of backups.
StrongBox from Crossroads: A network-attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to provide online data access, massive scalability, and reliable protection for unstructured, fixed data. Lowest TCO.
SpectraLogic : Large-scale, long-term storage and archive solutions utilizing automated tape libraries and disk systems will protect your data efficiently and securely.
Unitrends : Unitrends D2D2x (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any) offerings include the ability to archive and perform disaster recovery from disk, tape, NAS, SAN and cloud.
dternity: Dternity is Fujifilm’s new deep storage solution. Dternity, a truly holistic approach to archiving, lives inside your pre-existing systems to provide a simplified and streamlined data storage experience. Dternity’s ease-of-use and empowered workflow allow organizations to focus on managing their data, as opposed to becoming encumbered by it. Dternity provides both on-site and online peace of mind for the preservation and protection of your data.
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Active Archive Is the Lifeboat
The solution? An active archive with built-in data protection, offload data from primary storage and reduce backup!
- Backup – Copies of current, changing data saved in case of emergency
- Archive – Copies of fixed content stored for long-term retention or compliance
- Active Archive – Seamless tiered storage which gives access to data across a virtualized file system and migrates data between multiple storage systems and media types as appropriate
Backup and archive are not synonymous, but active archiving can have a huge impact on your backup, leaving a much smaller amount of data that requires routine backups.
There is not magic formula for reducing data center costs; it takes a strategic implementation of the right tools with continual optimization of the infrastructure. By moving infrequently accessed data into a protected archive, users can reduce the volume of data stored on expensive primary storage, thus reducing the amount of data that has to be protected during full backup windows.
Many active archives are constructed with hybrid storage technologies, such as flash, disk and tape. While disk or flash provides the “active” data access, tape delivers low-cost, ultra-scalable storage. LTO tape is one of the most reliable storage mediums available, lasting 6 times longer than typical disk life spans. With an active archive, you could essentially have data stored on disk for fast access, while a copy always remains on a protected tape layer. Additional system policies or features like hash coding, media integrity checks and restricted access all bolster tape-enabled archiving’s appeal for data protection and longevity.
Additionally, storing files in an active archive can dramatically improve recovery times. Unlike offline backups, active archive data is available all the time. With client-level connectivity, there is no need for a storage administrator to manually retrieve offline data or recall physical media from offsite.
Plain and simple: Stop backing up fixed content. Store and protect it in an active archive instead.
While every data center has different needs, we can all agree that shorter, simpler backups would cause even the most organized IT director to breathe a little easier. Watch your total costs for data storage and protection decrease as your environment operates without the latencies and complexities of overburdened backups.
A recent survey in Storage Magazine asked the question, “What’s the main reason you archive data?” The responses showed that 29 percent of respondents archive data to manage disk capacity, 23 percent to meet government regulations and 11 percent in case of potential litigation. These responses mark a shift from just a few years ago, when the primary reason why companies archived data was to meet government regulations. Now, it has switched to managing disk capacity.
IT managers are increasingly struggling with the costs of deploying primary storage. It is readily apparent that endless upgrades to larger primary disk arrays are not sustainable options. Also, it’s evident that functionality features such as deduplication and data compression have proven to be of limited value in addressing the tremendous growth of data in organizations. This situation is driving the need for more cost-effective, long-term storage solutions.
Fortunately, a new data storage solution called active-archive has emerged to address these data growth and sprawl issues – yet it’s causing both excitement and confusion today. Active-archive:
- – Provides the ability to store data on cost-effective storage platforms, move data as needed, store data for extended periods of time and provide ready access to all data within the organization.
- – Improves storage efficiency by enabling better utilization of the infrastructure already in place, and also integrates very smoothly with existing equipment. For example, heavily used production data can still reside on high-performance disk while static or unstructured data, which can represent up to ninety percent of the overall data in an organization, can be moved to less expensive storage platforms.
- – Significantly reduces the time required for backups, number of backup servers required and overall load on the storage network because that primary storage is used for production data and static or unstructured data can be moved to other platforms.
- – Makes disaster recovery and business continuity easier, faster and more cost-effective for IT managers. For disaster preparedness, an active-archive storage solution automatically creates and tracks duplicate copies of the data. It also provides the ability to have different locations for data, which further supports recovery and continuity efforts.
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