CloudArray for Primary and Archive Storage

Overview

As business data volumes continue to grow, organizations face the challenge of concurrently managing primary and archive data across limited capacity and resources. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of data residing on expensive storage systems is inactive, making it essential to balance long-term retention of data with bottom-line economics. Even though archive data can be stored off-site, online access is often essential, particularly when it comes to meeting regulatory compliance requirements.

Since the classifications of data (business value, access frequency, retention requirements, etc) change over time, so should the data storage in order to maximize operational and cost efficiencies. Data archiving and classification solutions enable IT to identify which files are no longer active within the organization and no longer necessary to keep on expensive primary storage tiers.

Having identified inactive data, how should organizations store and maintain online access to these archives? Should they expend capital to purchase additional storage arrays, growing maintenance and management footprint? Should they continue to invest in unreliable, costly and cumbersome tape backup solutions? Or does IT have other options that are more economical, simpler, and non-disruptive to the business?

Primary and Archive Storage in a Single Solution

TwinStrata CloudArray offers a highly economical answer to data storage questions by providing multiple tiers of capacity within a single data storage solution. Each data volume created on CloudArray offers selectable attributes to meet specific cost and performance metrics for the data stored. CloudArray policies make it simple to manage both primary and archival storage with:

  • “Thinly-cached” policies for infrequently accessed archive data, optimized for minimizing capacity stored in the cloud via data reduction
  • “Thickly-cached” policies for frequently accessed primary data, optimized for fast access and performance
CloudArray primary/archive storage

With CloudArray, both primary and archive storage can simultaneously reside on a single storage device backed by nearly unlimited storage capacity from a choice of cloud providers. Because tiers of storage on CloudArray are decoupled, each using its own dedicated cache, users can easily isolate data sets with predictable performance. By enabling an integrated backup and archiving storage tier that can grow dynamically, there is no longer a need for extensive planning and deployment for additional archive capacity.

Realize a reduction in primary storage costs by storing archived data to a choice of cloud storage providers, with minimal on-premise footprint. CloudArray delivers a solution that meets critical business objectives for both primary and nearline storage with secure, long–term data retention at an affordable cost.

Benefits

  • Reclaim primary storage and extend the life span of existing storage arrays
  • Reduce risks associated with data retention and information governance, keeping critical data online
  • Increase productivity with fast, transparent, self-service access to archives on cloud storage
  • Create on-demand tiers of storage from a single solution, improving business agility

Resources and Videos

Storage Switzerland – Tuning The Cloud For Primary Storage: TwinStrata Test Drive and Video

Additional CloudArray Storage Solutions:

Storage Tiering
iSCSI Solutions
ZFS
Windows NAS
Symantec FileStore