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Down with Storage Silos: Up with Seamless File + Object


Drive through almost any rural area and, eventually, you will see silos in the landscape. Originating from the Greek word siros (pit for holding grain), a silo is simply a structure for storing bulk agricultural material—and for the most part, these silos are low-maintenance and effective ways to store disparate materials. The cloud data storage industry has developed its own types of silos, that is, separate islands of file and data storage that exist within data centers. There are multiple types of storage silos that may be present in a data center, each of which offers inherent benefits as a standalone storage solution. But, while each one may be effective alone—none of them are truly practical for the long-term challenges that surround data storage.

Let’s talk a bit about the different types of silos that exist in data storage today. There are SAN (Storage Area Networks) silos are used for fast, active, shared data; DAS (Direct Attached Storage) silos are uncomplicated and lower cost, yet they deliver high performance; and NAS (Network-Attached Storage) silos are used for their lower-cost file or unstructured data storage and dependable performance. However, if you have data stored in disparate silos, how will you locate and extract that data quickly and efficiently when you need it?

These storage devices may work quite well independently, but in today’s world of cloud storage with the demand of always-on and always-accessible data, they decrease operational efficiency, reduce collaboration, and increase difficulty in searching and accessing data. Problems further compound when the storage capacity pool, caching, data protection, and data reconstruction in one silo cannot be elastically allocated to another silo in need. To execute these tasks typically requires human administrator intervention and manually intensive labor, often resulting in aggravation and problems.

whitepaper_ending_storage_silosTo cure storage silo headaches, many companies are turning to object storage system technology like Caringo Swarm—which offers effortless, bulletproof, limitless storage scaling to 100s of petabytes and beyond. The 2014 Ending Storage Silos whitepaper touted the many benefits of object storage systems, including:

  • Makes data content-addressable versus location-addressable, as is the case with SAN, NAS, DAS, or unified.
  • Runs on commodity servers, media, networks, etc., to solve the hardware commodity problem.
  • Scales well into the petabytes and beyond, elastically up and down, to solve storage silo scaling and elasticity issues.
  • Provides the data resilience and durability required through multi-copy mirroring and/or erasure coding plus proactive autonomic healing.
  • Enables the addition and removal of any and all nodes online, non-disruptively, to the applications without data migration.

But how do you get all your disparate data consolidated onto an object storage system like Swarm—without changing the way your applications or users work? We have a new solution for bringing your filer into the cloud age. Register today for our Webinar on September 16 and be one of the first to solve the storage silo issue, while preserving your primary storage performance and gaining the benefits of object storage.

Can’t wait until September 16?

Email us today at or contact us for a sneak preview. We will have one of our storage experts get in touch with you to discuss how we can help you with your toughest storage challenges! We also invite you to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ for the latest Caringo buzz!

Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

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Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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