The Future of NAS is Object

If you have been around the computer industry long enough, you have witnessed multiple major shifts in technology.  If you were working in the 1970’s you remember the major shift from mainframe computing to workstations.  In the 1980’s, we witnessed the shift from proprietary workstations to personal computers.  Most recently, we saw the major shift from personal computing to the smart phone.  In each example, the incumbent technology never disappeared, but its growth slowed considerably in favor of new technology that pulled the entire market in a complete new direction.

A similar technology shift took place in 1992 when NetApp, Inc. was founded.  NetApp pioneered a new enterprise storage technology called Network Attached Storage (NAS).  Compared to traditional direct attached storage (DAS) and storage area network (SAN) storage, NAS storage offered access to large amounts of storage in an easy to manage appliance.  NAS was enabled by improved network technology and new high capacity disk drives.  NetApp combined the new technology in such a way to revolutionize the enterprise storage market.

It has been 25 years since its introduction and NAS remains a highly viable enterprise storage solution.  But, 25 years is a long time for any technology and NAS is beginning to show its age.  Major changes are taking place in the computer market that are directly impacting NAS.  The first is the exponential growth in unstructured data.  In each era, data use changed dramatically.  In the mainframe era, data belonged solely to the System Admin and it consisted of structured database information.  In the Personal Computer era, control of data moved to the individual and unstructured files proliferated in the form of word documents, spreadsheets and graphics.  Most recently in the current era of smart phones and Internet of Things (IoT), data growth has exploded in the form of multi-media files and device/machine data.

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You Need the Right Equipment for the Job

The world’s largest dump truck is the Belaz 75710. (pictured) The Belaz has a payload capacity of nearly 500 tons and a top speed of 40 miles per hour.  When hauling enormous amounts of dirt, you need the Belaz.

But why are we talking about mining trucks?  To make a point.

If you are responsible for moving huge amounts of dirt, you would not use a shovel.  No question.  You would get something with MUCH larger capacity like a dump truck.

So, when you have to move petabytes of data, what do you use?  The answer:  StorageX.

Only StorageX is up to the task of moving and managing hundreds of thousands of volumes, containing petabytes of data, and we have the proof to back up our claim.  Our customers, which include 24 of the top Fortune 100, use StorageX to analyze, move and manage millions of unstructured files.

Based on actual projects, customers report that with StorageX they cut total project time in half with 50% less effort.  Common file management tasks include:

The full power of StorageX is available via a robust RESTful API. You can program repetitive data movement policies to copy, move, archive, and delete files. The StorageX API powers custom large scale migrations, customer service applications and IT Help Desk applications (just to name a few) to orchestrate automatic file movement and file share provisioning.

As an example, StorageX can be integrated into an IT self-service portal to automate a routine task like provisioning a new file share. The developer kit features options to integrate data movement with the cloud for file archival and disaster protection.

The opportunities are endless for file migration, replication and archiving using the full power of StorageX API.

  • Are you currently in the middle of a large technology refresh or file system re-structuring project?
  • Are you trying to move and re-locate thousands of volumes and petabytes of data?

You need StorageX.  Even if you are moving tens or hundreds of terabytes of data, you need StorageX.  To learn more, visit our web pages.