Managing data across heterogeneous storage resources is complex, risky, and expensive. When using these resources, you have no direct access to files, because your user access is a physical gateway or software appliance. It is disruptive to transfer your information in and out. Understand the risks associated with heterogeneous storage resources to help you control your data.
The Risks of Heterogeneous Storage
Heterogeneous storage is also risky due to vendor lock-in, which makes a customer dependent on a vendor for products and services. You are then unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs, which leads to file stubbing and file sharing. You may think your files are on disk and immediately available for use, but they are actually locked away on different file servers, software-defined storage, network attached storage, or the cloud. In order to manage your data the right way, you will need access when you need it, not when a vendor can get to it. Avoid data lock-in and the vendors who use that as a tool to control your data, and your company.
Control Your Data – Your Way
You have access via your processor, yet your data is still trapped elsewhere. Don’t let anyone else control your data, it’s time that you control your data! Utilize Data Dynamics and StorageX to have your data – your way. Complete access to your own files, and no jumping through hoops to access it. Learn more about owning your data with Data Dynamics.
If you want to start your digital transformation today or have more questions, we would love to help. Request a call today and one of our experts will contact you as soon as possible. Or even better, request a demo and see it all in action.
With exception of structured data, many companies are unaware of which files are present within many Windows shares or NFS exports. Over time, data have moved from department to department, project to project. It’s been created, unused, and left orphaned by users leaving the company or corporate restructurings.
Managing Orphaned Data with StorageX 8.0
StorageX 8.0 introduces our File Analytics web portal. The web portal displays a dashboard representing the results of data scans and subsequent analysis. Each data scan interrogates a specified share, export, or multiple shares and exports. The scan tags and compiles the file metadata into the file analytics database. Once the metadata is in the database, we can query the tags and metadata to narrow down the scope of data that is of concern.
File metadata can be used to help a company determine the use, ownership, file type, file size, creation date, access date, last modify date, and many other criteria that can be used to make decisions about where the data should be stored. For purposes of this discussion, we will focus on ownership—specifically, unowned or orphaned data.
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Object Storage is the buzz of the storage industry and for good reason: it encompasses file, block, and object access portals into the same pool of raw object storage.
Compared to traditional file and block storage, object storage offers massive petabyte scalability and built-in availability. It’s a distributed design model that removed the potential of a single drive failure. Object storage nodes are combined to enable unlimited capacity and consistent access performance.
At Data Dynamics, we are very excited about the potential for object storage. In the recent release of StorageX 8.0, we unveiled new file-to-object conversion to support S3-compliance object storage. Based on feedback from our customers, file-to-object conversion was the number one requested new feature.
StorageX is the file management solution of choice for 6 of the 12 largest banks in the world. Large banks that actively manage petabytes of data rely on object storage for its massive scalability, availability and economies of scale. One of our customers, whose name we cannot reveal, was kind enough to share how they recently completed a 10 PB filesystem refresh using StorageX.
When measured across all our customers, the benefits delivered by StorageX are truly incredible:
- Reduce storage-related operational costs 50%
- Deploy new storage technology 66% faster
- Modernize applications for 10X productivity improvement
Data Dynamics is proud to work with all its technology partners who share our passion for object storage. We are witnessing a MAJOR shift in the storage industry and we are excited about the future potential of object storage.
To gather insights on the state of DevOps, we spoke with 22 executives at 19 companies implementing DevOps for themselves and helping clients to implement a DevOps methodology. We asked, “How has DevOps changed since you began using the methodology?” Here’s what they told us:
- As I talk to customers and prospects there’s greater awareness of DevOps and what it can do. It’s being taken more seriously. There is sufficient proof of organizations doing well with DevOps. This is a business process change.
- A survey we just conducted reflected the insurgency within companies to the way things are done. One year ago, it was, “what is DevOps?” Today there’s a common understanding with a desire to know how to scale.
- CD has become mainstream. Microservices are more commonplace and are a good way to be successful with DevOps. Being in the cloud gives you more flexibility. Containers are becoming more mainstream. Function as a service is a helpful way to solve scaling issues.
- People are beginning to understand the benefits of DevOps. Best practices have been solidified. Allows you to get code from developers to customers in a fast and secure way.
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