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  • Too much data and not enough primary storage to retain all the data?
  • Unstructured data, seldom reviewed?
  • Tired of backing up the same data (unchanged) time and time again. Reduce backup
  • Secure your data in more than one location,
  • Need to retain data for a many years

Consider archiving your data to either LFT media or less expensive storage with the assistance of the StrongBox from Crossroads.

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Oracle Corp

Oracle has released the StorageTek T10000D enterprise tape drive with 8.5 TB of native capacity and a data transfer rate of 252 MB/s. It is backward read compatible for the three previous generations of this product.

It has 54 percent more capacity per cartridge compared to the previous generation. The company touts it as the first tape drive with support for both 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) and 10 Gb/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Users can drag-and-drop multiple tape volumes onto a single StorageTek T10000D cartridge.

“Oracle’s new StorageTek T10000D tape drive is the fastest and highest capacity drive available,” said James Cates, Vice President, Hardware Development, Oracle. “Customers can use it to accelerate massive consolidation of long-term archives, improve data center efficiency, and lower TCO.”

IBM

IBM has released the TS1150 enterprise drive with a native data rate of 360 MB/sec, up about 50% from the previous version (TS1140). It has a capacity of 10 TB per cartridge.

The company has also been busy with the release of LTFS LE version 2.1.4 (Linear Tape File System) which now supports non-IBM tape libraries. And IBM has been working with Quantum and HP on the future of tape with a roadmap they plan to extend to Linear Tape Open (LTO) generations 9, 10 and beyond.

The guidelines these companies have come up with plan to achieve compressed capacities of 62.5 TB for LTO-9 and 120 TB for generation LTO-10. They also plan to push the envelope with compressed transfer rates reaching as high as 2,750 MB/second for LTO-10.

HP

HP has released StoreOpen Automation to simplify the process of using Linear Tape File System (LTFS). LTFS makes tape file-based and easier to use. In addition, it lets users use standard file operations on tape media for actions such as accessing, managing and sharing files. This is done using an interface that behaves similarly to a hard disk. The latest release extends its support to Windows. Previously it was available for Mac and Linux.  This extends LTFS functionality by presenting a tape library and its cartridges as a collection of folders.

Fujifilm Recording Media USA

Fujifilm may not be the first name on anyone’s lips when they think of storage media. Yet the company had made over 100 million Linear Tape Open (LTO) Ultrium data cartridges (53 exabytes) since they were released at the turn of the millennium.

Fujifilm also demonstrated data density levels of 85.9 Gb/in2 on linear magnetic tape using Fujifilm’s NanoCubic and Barium Ferrite particle technologies. This is part of the overall tape roadmap to continue to make it possible to product bigger and bigger LTO cartridges.

“This equates to a standard LTO cartridge capable of storing 154 terabytes of uncompressed data,” said Peter Faulhaber, President of FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A. “Together with IBM, we have been able to create the basis for extraordinary data density on tape that is fast, cost effective and energy efficient.”

Crossroads 

Crossroads partners with FujiFilm to provide the StrongBox, which has the aim of making tape as simple to use as disk. StrongBox is said to provide the economics of tape with speed and simplicity of disk.

“We call this Capacity Defined Storage, using the right amount of disk/SSD with the right amount of tape,” said David Cerf, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Crossroads. “StrongBox has user defined policies to intelligently deliver capacity optimized storage for unstructured data to ensure optimized performance at the lowest cost per gigabyte.

Quantum

Quantum has introduced StorNext PRO Production. It delivers production, review, archive and LTFS sharing in one system, and is said to offer high capacity and performance.

“This solution integrates Quantum tape technology as part of customer workflows for video content production and archiving,” said Eric Bassier, Senior Director, Product Management, Quantum. “This is a great example of a market where the use of tape is not declining – in fact it is growing.”

  • Data storage is too expensive and exceeds current budget
  • Fixed content is still being backed up
  • Archival data requires online file access
  • Unstructured data management is too complex
  • Disaster Recovery (DR) – second copy and/or off-site copy, compliance/regulatory requirements

 The Solution

  • StrongBox is a NAS appliance designed for unstructured data
  • StrongBox is primary storage with built-in data protection or an active archive that maximizes ROI
  •           Storage Mode: Online/Near-line – Data is online and available, always protected on tape, no 3rd party applications or backup required
  •           Archive Mode: Disk performance with the economics of tape; data is protected and always accessible
  • StrongBox’s intelligent storage management delivers performance while balancing storage costs to ensure the maximum ROI
  • Supports any external SAS/FC disk for expanded capacity
  • Supports all major library vendors (LTO 5/6 and plus IBM 1140/1150 drives)
  • Non-proprietary: tapes can be read with any LTFS-ready drive, no vendor lock-in

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

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Data is exploding across the digital universe faster than ever before. While new information may need to be preserved for 2 or 20 years, data always needs to be accessible and accurate.

StrongBox solves data storage and protection challenges at a low cost while keeping your files fully accessible and simplifying long-term preservation.

StrongBox Key Benefits:
  • Reduces TCO and controls storage costs
  • Provides an always-online file system as an easy-to-use NAS solution
  • Ensures the long-term protection of business-critical data
  • Delivers tunable performance for data accessibility
  • Closes the gap between data growth and budget availability

StrongBox is a NAS appliance built to simplify data access and provide the most cost-effective storage for unstructured data.

StrongBox ensures complete data protection for all of your online, nearline and archive storage needs.

Combining flexible, policy-driven disk storage with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability, limiting scalability or adding complexity.

Strongbox LTFS Storage Solution

Access data online, all the time

When you need access to your data, you don’t want to wait. StrongBox provides an always online file system that supports multiple, simultaneous requests. Data is never offline and users have a persistent view of all files in the archive, improving efficiency and maximizing the IT investment. Access is as simple as point and click from a standard file system. With unique performance tuning, you can customize data availability to meet specific business needs.

Reduce storage TCO

Minimize data center costs by leveraging low-power, low-cost LTFS media for long-term assets. StrongBox keeps data center power requirements low, reducing operational costs by up to 95 percent. As a protected archive for fixed data, StrongBox helps reduce additional storage investments while optimizing your infrastructure with policy-driven, automated tiering that matches performance and accessibility with business need.

Grow your archive with low-cost scalability

Data grows exponentially – budgets don’t. With StrongBox and LTO/LTFS storage, you can scale storage as needed. StrongBox XpanDisk allows users to increase the online disk storage capacity with the StrongBox NAS.

Simplify storage infrastructure with an easy-to-use solution

Unlike complex storage systems that require hours of configuration and training, StrongBox is a plug-and-play appliance that is simple to deploy. Seamlessly connecting to the network via GbE or 10GbE, StrongBox presents stored data just like a standard network share.

Stay in control of your data with LTFS and LTO – no vendor lock-in

You stay in control of your data with StrongBox. By leveraging the open standard LTFS technology, StrongBox writes data in a non-proprietary format and makes no modifications to files or metadata. A StrongBox system is not required to read data written by StrongBox – tapes can be exported and read by any LTFS drive.

Protect and preserve data with long-term reliability

Storage is fundamental, but ensuring that data can be retrieved is key to a successful IT infrastructure. StrongBox protects data on multiple fronts so that you can be confident that data written to the archive is recoverable in time of need.

Build a sustainable active archive

StrongBox is the turnkey solution component for active archive architectures in which your archival data remains available without high operating costs or bogging down network resources. StrongBox is energy efficient to help you meet Green IT initiatives, not to mention reduces your cost for power by up to 95 percent.

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

StrongBox is the ultimate storage solution for unstructured data. StrongBox® is a NAS appliance that provides online, near-line & archive storage for unstructured data while simplifying data management and protection.

Combining flexible, policy-driven disk storage with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers users to control storage expenses without sacrificing performance or adding complexity.

StrongBox looks and behaves like any other NAS file system but delivers a cost savings.

Problems Solved

  • Data storage is too expensive and exceeds current budget
  • Fixed content is still being backed up
  • Archival data requires online file access
  • Unstructured data management is too complex
  • Disaster Recovery (DR) – second copy and/or off-site copy, compliance/regulatory requirements

Yes the StrongBox is a NAS appliance designed for unstructured data, in addition it can be used for primary storage with built-in data protection or an active archive that maximizes ROI

Online/Near-line – Data is online and available, always protected on tape, no 3rd party applications or backup required

Archive Mode –  Disk performance with the economics of tape; data is protected and always accessible

  • StrongBox’s intelligent storage management delivers performance while balancing storage costs to ensure the maximum ROI
  • Supports any external SAS/FC disk for expanded capacity
  • Supports all major library vendors (LTO 5/6 and plus IBM 1140/1150 drives)
  • Non-proprietary: tapes can be read with any LTFS-ready drive, no vendor lock-in

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

Active Archive Is the Lifeboat

We all need to protect our data. Businesses typically have to back it up, and there are hundreds of backup solutions out there. Why then, do so many storage administrators say that managing backup data is their biggest challenge? As data continues to grow, content is lodged in backup cycles, increasing backup windows and spurring the need for more storage and data protection investments. A significant percentage of enterprise data likely won’t be accessed again after it is first created.   

The solution? An active archive with built-in data protection, offload data from primary storage and reduce backup!

Facts:

  1. Backup – Copies of current, changing data saved in case of emergency
  2. Archive – Copies of fixed content stored for long-term retention or compliance
  3. 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.

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about backup and archiving technologies, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online 

StrongBox from Crossroads:

StrongBox is a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content..

Data is exploding across the digital universe faster than ever before. While new information may need to be preserved for 2 or 20 years, data always needs to be accessible and accurate.

StrongBox solves data storage and protection challenges at a low cost while keeping your files fully accessible and simplifying long-term preservation.

Access data online, all the time

When you need access to your data, you don’t want to wait. StrongBox provides an always online file system that supports multiple, simultaneous requests.

Data is never offline and users have a persistent view of all files in the archive, improving efficiency and maximizing the IT investment.

Access is as simple as point and click from a standard file system.

With unique performance tuning, you can customize data availability to meet specific business needs.

StrongBox Key Benefits:

  • Reduces TCO and controls storage costs
  • Provides an always-online file system as an easy-to-use NAS solution
  • Ensures the long-term protection of business-critical data
  • Delivers tunable performance for data accessibility
  • Closes the gap between data growth and budget availability

By pairing a flexible, policy-driven disk cache with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability.

The StrongBox® DataManager is a complementary software enhancement to the StrongBox archive appliance that provides transparent file movement (migration or copying) from primary storage systems, such as NetApp, Linux, Windows, Novell, and other CIFS/NFS file servers, into the StrongBox archive.

Grow your archive with low-cost scalability

Data grows exponentially – budgets don’t. With StrongBox and LTO/LTFS storage, you can scale storage as needed, without significant budget increases.

Simplify storage infrastructure with an easy-to-use solution

Unlike complex storage systems that require hours of configuration and training, StrongBox is a plug-and-play appliance that is simple to deploy. Seamlessly connecting to the network via GbE or 10GbE, StrongBox presents stored data just like a standard network share.

Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online 

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LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is a file system specification that allows Linear Tape-Open (LTO) storage technology to be indexed.

LTFS partitions LTO-5 or LTO-6 tapes into two segments called partitions. Partition 0 holds directory structures and pointers that let the tape drive quickly seek specific data from the tape; the data itself is stored in Partition 1. Applying a file system to a tape allows users to organize and search the contents of tape as they would on hard disk, improving access time for data stored on tape. LTFS makes it possible to drag and drop files to tape in the same way that files might be dragged and dropped to disk.

 
Users can download software that enables the operating system to recognize LTFS.
 
Utilize the StrongBox from Crossroads, a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content that works with tape libraries utilizing LTFS drives.
 
Available from Sunstar Company. To learn more about archiving technology, please call (310) 330-2900 or contact us online

LTFS has impacted tape’s modern role in data storage. But, what is LTFS? And more importantly, why does it matter? LTFS Facts

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) refers to both the format of data recorded on magnetic tape media and the implementation of specific software that uses this data format to provide a file system interface to data stored on magnetic tape.

The Linear Tape File System format is a self-describing tape format developed by IBM to address tape archive requirements. The LTFS Format specification, which was adopted by the LTO Technology Provider Companies, defines the organization of data and metadata on tape – files stored in hierarchical directory structure.

Most important: Data tapes written in the LTFS Format can be used independently of any external database or storage system allowing direct access to file content data and file metadata. This format makes it possible to implement software that presents a standard file system view of the data stored in the tape media. This file system view makes accessing files stored on the LTFS formatted media similar to accessing files stored on other forms of storage media such as disk or removable flash drives.

The Linear Tape File System format is an open description of the layout of data-structures stored on a sequential-access media. These data-structures hold the file content data and associated file metadata.

Data media, such as LTO data tape, written using this format can be exchanged between systems that understand the Linear Tape File System format. Software systems that understand the format can provide users with a file system view of the media. Software systems may alternatively understand the format only to the degree that allows the system to read data from the media, or produce a tape that can be accepted by other systems that implement the Linear Tape File System format.

Take advantage of LTS, utilize the StrongBox from Crossroads

To learn more about LTFS, Contact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

Archiving is the process of moving data that is no longer actively used to a separate data storage device for long-term retention. Older data that is still important and necessary for future reference, as well as data that must be retained for regulatory compliance are kept, indexed in order to be easily located.

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.

To learn more about archiveContact sales at Sunstarco.com or call 310.330.2900

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Crossroads Systems has developed a storage appliance leveraging the LTFS standard, which has been getting a lot of attention lately.

StrongBox is an enterprise NAS gateway that writes to LTO-5/LTO-6 tape media and operates at the file level, giving users access to a network share with a disk experience while drastically reducing the storage, power, and management costs associated with a disk archive.

StrongBox allows tape to behave like disk and delivers an ideal “active archive” platform for big data environments.

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Unmatched price point as well as impressive data management and automation capabilities can change how organizations approach long-term storage

Crossroads Systems, Inc. global provider of data protection solutions, today announced the availability of StrongBox® DataManager, the newest component of the award-winning StrongBox shared storage solution for data protection and preservation. StrongBox DataManager is specifically designed to solve the two most common challenges for IT managers: reducing costs and eliminating the complexity of NAS filers.

Pricing and Convenience that Disrupt the Current Approach to Storage
Despite the fact that between 50 and 80 percent of all content on primary storage will never be accessed again, IT administrators continue to purchase more and more disk for capacity expansion.  The new StrongBox DataManager enhancement provides a seamless solution that moves data from expensive primary storage into StrongBox for the most cost-effective archive with built-in data protection.

While meeting long-term preservation and scalability requirements, StrongBox provides unprecedented savings.  As noted in a recent study conducted by Brad Johns Consulting, LLC, StrongBox can provide a total cost of ownership (TCO) of less than $0.003 per gigabyte per month, depending on the configuration.

StrongBox DataManager moves and/or copies files based on a simple, scalable policy engine that gives organizations fluid data movement, all within a single, integrated file system that works seamlessly with NetApp, Windows, Linux, Novell, and most CIFS/NFS file systems.

“Not only does StrongBox DataManager offer the most cost-effective, scalable solution, but it also eliminates the complexity and data protection issues for long-term data retention,” said David Cerf, executive vice president of strategy and business development at Crossroads Systems. “StrongBox DataManager can augment most disk environments, allowing users to reduce their overall storage cost regardless of their existing storage types. Instead of just buying more disk, users can add StrongBox to complement their existing infrastructure. While providing more than a 50 percent cost reduction, it is the first seamless solution that is simple, secure and scalable. StrongBox is changing the way we think about storage!”

To learn more: Contact sales at Sunstar Company by calling 800.663.5523 or contact us online