Stopping Storage System Sprawl

Unstructured data can come from a variety of sources including traditional office productivity files, rich media or data generated by sensors and cameras. It can also come from semi-structured environments like Exchange and SharePoint. Even though each of these examples generates files, each generates a different type of unstructured data and this can lead to storage system sprawl. Tarmin with their ‘data-centric’ approach to storage system design hopes to provide the enterprise with a comprehensive platform suitable for all these different variants of unstructured data.

Many Types of Unstructured Data

Each of the examples listed above can represent a different type of unstructured data, each with different retention and recall requirements. For example, rich media typically contains fewer, larger files while machine-generated data (from sensors) can be comprised of millions of small files. Office productivity files are different still. While fewer in number they need a relatively fast recall rate so users don’t have to wait for their files to load.

These differences in unstructured data have led to the many storage silos we see in the data center including NAS systems, file servers, object storage systems, plus archive and backup storage. Each of these storage silos has to be separately acquired and maintained by the enterprise which can make the cost of managing unstructured data inordinately expensive.

Driving Down the Cost of Unstructured Data Management

Tarmin’s concept of “Data Defined Storage” hopes to break down these silos by allowing the storage system to adapt to the data that’s being stored on it. GridBank Enterprise, Tarmin’s flagship product, provides a single system for all unstructured data regardless of the variant. This software creates a hardware-agnostic storage platform that can adapt to provide the performance and retention required by different applications that create different kinds of unstructured data.

It can support applications that need an object store (cloud storage), it can replace the fast-access NAS functionality required for office productivity files and even provide storage for Exchange and SharePoint attachments. By using a Data Defined Storage architecture, search, e-Discovery and analytics are simplified, while management costs and corporate risk are significantly reduced.

At SNW-Europe / Powering The Cloud

At SNW-Europe Tarmin, located at booth #160, will be available to discuss their Data Defined Storage architecture. Also Tarmin’s President and CEO, Shahbaz Ali, will be giving a talk entitled “Is the Status Quo Acceptable?: Innovate with Data Defined Storage” on October 30th – Illusion 1 Theatre at 11:55-12:25.

Click here to register for Powering The Cloud, if you are an IT end user or channel partner enter the promo code S66M13 for free registration to all three Powering The Cloud events: SNW Europe, Datacenter technologies and Virtualization World.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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