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Bridging Old and New Storage with Object Storage

How do you bridge old and new storage? Many IT pros use object storage with built-in data protection, policy-based management, and customizable metadata.

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There are two quite different real-world applications of the Caringo Swarm Cloud & Object Storage Platform—one using a bridging solution from legacy file servers and another that takes advantage of new cloud interfaces like RESTful APIs (HTTP or S3).

So how do you bridge the old and the new world of storage?

We must first start with a scale-out storage platform. Best practices of a proper software-defined storage solution should lower overall TCO via the use of commodity hardware and offer built-in data protection and self-healing—meaning no single point of failure—and high availability right out of the box. The solution should be able to start small yet easily scale to 10s or even 100s of petabytes.

Then, you need a new way to organize and manage data that can combine the directory/folder approach of legacy systems with the structureless approach of a cloud world. The answer is customizable metadata. With object storage, you can add custom metadata to an object or group of objects which enables you to perform detailed searches and analytics on that data. This includes adding legacy directory and filename information. Why is this important?

As we’ve discussed before in this blog, expectations of file storage have changed dramatically over the years. With 7 to 40 zettabytes of data expected by 2020 and 90% of this data unstructured (photos, videos, log files, etc.), coupled with the expectation to store everything and allow access from any device infinitely, we have a generation of people who have been “cloud conditioned.” That is, they expect on-demand, instant access to information.

Beyond just storing this data, how do you manage it and find what end-users are looking for? And, how do you solve this issue in an automated way? Learn more by viewing The Cloud and Object Storage of the Future webcast on-demand.

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Tony Barbagallo
Tony Barbagallo

About The CEO

Throughout his 30-year career, Tony Barbagallo has leveraged his extensive experience to establish and grow hardware, software and service organizations. He has held a mix of leadership roles at small and large companies, including VP of Marketing and Product Management at Skyera, WildPackets (now Savvius), and EVault, VP of Marketing and Sales at Dantz (acquired by EMC), and senior management positions at Microsoft, Mentor Graphics, Sun, and GE. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University and has also completed the Stanford University Executive Program.

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