Steve Duplesse, ESG Founder and Sr. Analyst, says, “The use of traditional RAID-based NAS filers is becoming unsustainable for many organizations.” We’ve talked a lot about the explosion of data in the cloud age and the silos that traditional file systems promote in our company blog over the past half year. For organizations to continue to store data and receive continued value from that data through analysis, they often must change their strategy…and we all know that change can be a bit painful at times. But, does it have to be?

Caringo FileFly: Extend NAS via Hyper-Scale Object“FileFly allows workloads access to the benefits of modern storage without risking data accessibility. The net result allows organizations to shift their data to a next-generation storage solution on their own terms.” This is from the closing of a whitepaper on Caringo FileFly for Swarm by Scott Sinclair, ESG Analyst. This statement resonated with me. Don’t we all like things to be on our own terms? When we make a decision to make major changes at work or at home, isn’t it better when we know we can eliminate the risk involved with change?

Object storage is a hot topic in today’s storage world, and there are many solutions, both commercial and open source. The 2015 Data Storage Market Trends ESG Research Report revealed that close to 82% of respondents identified themselves as either considering or having deployed object storage. 25% expected object storage to completely eliminate NAS, and an additional 45% expected object to significantly reduce the existing NAS footprint.

So, it is a fair question to ask, “Why go with a commercial solution and why go with Caringo? Why not just go with open source? It’s free right?” If managing, maintaining and enhancing storage infrastructure is strategic to your primary business, then open source may be a good option. However, what you gain in access to the code base comes at a significant cost in development resources and time. If you have a resource-constrained staff, lots of data to manage, and a tight timeline, then a commercial solution is likely your best option, and if you do go commercial, wouldn’t you prefer to work with the pioneers in the field who have a solution trusted by organizations such as the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, BT, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide? (Learn more about our customers by checking out our case studies.)

And, with FileFly, Caringo has just made Swarm object storage easier to use, or as my colleague Tony Barbagallo says, Caringo has changed the game. FileFly can be deployed in two high-level ways:

  1. To optimize existing NetApp and Windows file servers or
  2. On a new file server with an endless tier of Swarm enabled storage on the backend

FileFly and Swarm enable you to consolidate files on one tier of storage that’s easy to analyze and access via all major cloud/compute protocols (Amazon S3, Swift, Hadoop) and major analytics solutions (Hadoop and Kibana). It is important to note that this isn’t another gateway—it’s a solution fully integrated with Windows that’s policy based, supports AES 256 encryption and is transparent to end users. This is what ESG described as “next-generation storage solutions on their (your) own terms.” For ESG’s more detailed analysis, watch Steve Duplesse go into more detail in this video: Beyond NAS: Solving the Challenges of Unsustainable Storage Silos.

What’s your vision for the future of storage? If you are heading to Las Vegas for the Gartner Data Center Conference next week, visit us at booth #569. The Caringo crew will be there to talk to you about your vision for storage and to answer any questions you have about Caringo Swarm software-defined object storage. I’ll be live tweeting from the event from my own handle, @ajherrera, and I invite you to connect with Caringo on Twitter and LinkedIn.