Earlier this month, Western Digital announced that it will be exiting the Enterprise Storage market by selling IntelliFlash to DDN and putting its object storage product line, ActiveScale, up for sale. From a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense for Western Digital since they make most of their revenue selling SSDs and HDDs to consumers and OEMs. As an added bonus, they stop competing with the OEMs which should make their largest customers and investors happy. Existing ActiveScale customers, ActiveScale resellers and those currently evaluating ActiveScale, however, should be concerned.
Should I Look for an ActiveScale Replacement?
Since Western Digital has made it clear ActiveScale is no longer strategic to them, this creates risk for existing customers and prospects. With a minimum configuration of 720 TBs scaling to multi-PBs, that’s a lot of spinning disks and gear in a single package that is fully sourced and supported by a business unit whose future is in question; but, that’s not the only reason to look for a replacement.
From a feature perspective, Western Digital has taken a rather straight-forward appliance approach with ActiveScale that falls under the cheap-and-deep category of object storage as opposed to value-added object storage.
Why Move from ActiveScale to Caringo Swarm?
Caringo Swarm fits into the “value-added” category, it is priced competitively and scales well beyond the limits specified in ActiveScale documentation (74 PBs), and it adds additional value including tenant management, content management, content delivery and tiering to the public cloud. Our focus on adding value is evident in our recent Swarm 11 release that provides enhanced Amazon S3 API support and streamlines digital video and large file workflows.
From a deployment perspective, Swarm is offered as a complete software appliance, can run on any brand of x86 servers and can utilize any mix of HDD or SSD technology. As a whole, considering the value-added features and flexible deployment options, the value delivered to you boils down to time and resource optimization, as detailed in my recent blog, How Object Storage Optimizes Your Time and Resources.
How Do I Migrate Data from ActiveScale to Swarm?
Migrating data from ActiveScale to Swarm Object Storage is easier than you think as we have a number of data migration methods and work with various data-moving applications. Best of all, you can start small (with a few GB or TB drives if you like) and then scale as far up and out as your use case requires. This makes it simple to stand up a Swarm cluster and scale it as you migrate data off of ActiveScale.
Get Started with Swarm Object Storage
The first step is to reach out to our storage experts and set up a Swarm overview. Our storage experts are ready to walk you through Swarm in detail to demonstrate the value of moving your data to Swarm and can work with your team on developing a migration strategy.
To make your transition from ActiveScale to Swarm even easier, we are offering a buy-one-TB-get-one-TB-free promotion with the purchase of a 3-year maintenance & support agreement through December 31, 2019.
Even if you are not ready to purchase Swarm yet, we have a full-featured version we can set you up with. Provide your info on the Try Swarm Web Page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference this blog.