Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Yakov Fain, Tim Hinds, Alois Mayr, Cloud Best Practices Network, Scott Allen

Blog Feed Post

Effective Storage for Growing Data Volumes

By Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group

Dealing with vast amounts of data used to be a problem faced purely by large enterprises. However, in today's world of rapidly increasing data, it's now an issue for companies of all sizes.

Data is increasing for all sorts of reasons, which include the use of social media and the increased use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, which have dramatically increased the amount of data being backed up on the network.

Symantec's recent State of Information Survey conducted over 38 countries worldwide found that SMEs expected their storage to increase by 178% over the next year.

The large amount of data companies now produce, which can be in the terabytes and petabytes, needs to be backed up and stored so it can be accessed easily and quickly. It needs to be archived in case it is needed in the future and also for compliance reasons; and it needs to be replicated, so it's available for use in the case of a disaster. All this needs to be done cost-effectively and securely.

Storage is a notoriously boring subject for many people, and it tends to get pushed down the list of priorities. While enterprises have the resources to manage their back-up and storage issues, many organisations consider it a necessary evil and don't review its financial effectiveness or its fitness for future purpose.

This is a shame, as in all matters IT, times have moved on from things such as old-style tape systems. Modern solutions are bigger, better, easier and lower cost, often with features previously only available on enterprise systems.

Increases in data volume now make storage a key business issue for companies. Performance issues, which result from companies being overwhelmed by data or by backing up, could impact on profitability. The inability to access data quickly, in the event of a disaster, could put a company out of business.

Some recent statistics indicate that 43% of businesses that close after a natural disaster never re-open and a further 29% close within two years. One of the key reasons for this is the failure of their disaster-recovery planning. Back-ups and back-up plans need to be tested regularly to ensure that they are relevant or actually working. Finding that your back-ups are corrupted, when you absolutely need them, is too late.

Which route forward?
The question is how to choose a storage solution that will cope with current storage needs as well as taking you forward into a future of unpredictable, and mushrooming, data growth?

Storage solutions for companies outside the Top 500 range from traditional tape to the cloud, with other options and permutations in between. For some organisations, cloud may be the answer. For others, particularly if they have been using tape in the past, the leap to the cloud is just too great and they want something more tangible, such as disc-based storage.

For some, the solution may be a hybrid one which gives local back up with background cloud back-up. This option provides speed of access with the security of offsite cloud.

Companies still using traditional tape for back-up and archiving will be finding it increasingly inadequate for their needs, that is if they've checked recently. Tape also has inherent disadvantages.

It's cumbersome, expensive, has a finite life and is easily damaged. It takes longer and longer, the more you are backing up. And it can be very difficult to find things quickly on tape when you need them.

The cloud, while it may seem like a great option to many, isn't for everyone. One disadvantage of the cloud, which many aren't aware of, is that the data is probably going to be stored on traditional tape.

Another issue to be aware of is how long it takes to seed and download data over limited capacity internet connections. Seeding a terabyte of data in the cloud on a 10mbps connection with nothing else going on will take 300 hours (12.5 days).

This means that accessing it and downloading it could take days. If you have a serious disaster recovery situation, this may possibly be acceptable, but it's a serious hindrance if you need to access stored data quickly during the normal day-to-day running of a business.

Solutions
One solution for more conservative SMEs is to use RDX removable hard disc cartridges for storage. They combine the best of hard disc and tape storage. They scale with a business, but, unlike tape, are very rugged and reliable. It's a step forward, for those who have been using tape, which isn't too different from what went before.

RDX cartridges back-up and restore data very quickly (much quicker than tape) and are very secure. They are typically available in sizes from 160 gigabytes to 1.5 terabytes. You just add extra cartridges as your storage needs expand.

Imation, for example, which has a specialist division for SME storage, provides an RDX solution, the A8, which can accommodate up to 12 terabytes of data.

The A8 helps SMEs conduct high-performance back-up, data protection, archiving, restoration and cloud-enabling. It can mix RDX cartridges of different sizes, so users can start with lower capacity cartridges and add higher capacity ones as needs dictate.

A solution like this allows organisations to quickly back up and instantly access their crucial data. It gives them more operational flexibility and the ability to cost-effectively and quickly recover their data in the event of a disaster. Users get the benefits of RDX cartridge storage, but also keep cloud options open.

Imation also provides another product which gives companies a comprehensive set of storage and back-up options.

DataGuard is a network attached storage (NAS) backup appliance which uses hard disk drives, removable RDX® disk cartridges, replication, and cloud storage to provide up to four layers of data protection. It shortens back-up windows and allows for fast recovery.

DataGuard is capable of making multiple copies of content as local online copies, replicated copies, optional offline RDX copies and remote online (cloud) copies.

It means companies can have all bases covered. They don't have to go with the cloud straight away, but the facility is there to do it when and if they are ready.

Another company which provides a solution which gives the best of both worlds, both local and cloud storage, is Barracuda with its Barracuda Backup Service.

This provides full local data back-up and is combined with a storage subscription, to replicate data to the cloud at two offsite locations. So organisations get onsite back-ups for fast restore times and secure, offsite storage for disaster recovery.

The Barracuda system uses a technology called deduplication, which reduces traditional back-up storage requirements by 20 to 50 times, while also reducing back-up windows and bandwidth requirements.

Deduplication works by eliminating redundant data. Only one unique instance of the data is actually retained. The redundant data is replaced with a pointer to the original copy.

Conclusion
One constant is guaranteed. Storage and data access requirements will (as they always have done) continue to grow, in fact the pace appears to be accelerating. Alongside the change in data volumes, new options have become available which provide enterprise-level solutions at affordable prices.

A range of such options is available from RDX cartridges to cloud services, plus a variety of combinations in between. Such solutions allow organisations to effectively back-up and store data, so it doesn't cause serious performance problems on the network; they allow the data to be quickly available for both the running of the business and for compliance purposes; and they offer a disaster recovery option.

Bio of author
Ian Kilpatrick is chairman of international value added distributor Wick Hill Group plc, specialists in market development for secure IP infrastructure solutions and convergence. Kilpatrick has been involved with the Group for more than 35 years. Wick Hill supplies organisations from enterprises to SMEs, through an extensive value-added network of accredited VARs.

Kilpatrick has an in-depth experience of IT and unified communications (UC) with a strong vision of the future. He looks at these areas from a business point-of-view and his approach reflects his philosophy that business benefits, ease-of-use and cost of ownership are key factors, rather than just technology. He has authored numerous articles and publications, as well as being a regular speaker at conferences, exhibitions and seminars. For more information about Wick Hill, please visit http://www.wickhill.com or www.twitter.com/wickhill.

ENDS

For further press information, please contact Annabelle Brown on 01326 318212, email [email protected]. For reader queries, contact Wick Hill on 01483 227600. Web http://www.wickhill.com. For pic of Ian Kilpatrick, please contact Annabelle Brown or download from www.wickhill.com/company/press/pictures

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps wit...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit y...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, will provide an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life ...
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will discuss the vast to...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu, a leading provider of cloud hosting solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to foc...
Customer experience has become a competitive differentiator for companies, and it’s imperative that brands seamlessly connect the customer journey across all platforms. With the continued explosion of IoT, join us for a look at how to build a winning digital foundation in the connected era – today and in the future. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Nguyen, Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how to successfully leverage mobile, rapidly deploy content, capture real-time d...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? How do you coordinate the diverse moving parts that must come together when developing your IoT product? What are the key challenges addressed by Data as a Service? How does cloud computing underlie and connect the notions of Digital and DevOps What is the impact of the API economy? What is the business imperative for Cognitive Computing? Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 18th Cloud Expo...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 24Notion has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. 24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to con...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
The demand for organizations to expand their infrastructure to multiple IT environments like the cloud, on-premise, mobile, bring your own device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow. As this hybrid infrastructure increases, the challenge to monitor the security of these systems increases in volume and complexity. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty, Chief Security Evangelist at Alert Logic, will show how properly configured and managed security architecture can...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT's direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) will feature the upcoming 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo in a New York news documentary about the "New IT for the Future." The documentary will cover how big companies are transmitting or adopting the new IT for the future and will be filmed on the expo floor between June 7-June 9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. KBS has long been a leader in the development of the broadcasting culture of Korea. As the key public service broadcaster of Korea...
The idea of comparing data in motion (at the sensor level) to data at rest (in a Big Data server warehouse) with predictive analytics in the cloud is very appealing to the industrial IoT sector. The problem Big Data vendors have, however, is access to that data in motion at the sensor location. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave, will discuss how as IoT is increasingly adopted by industrial markets, there is going to be an increased demand for sensor data from the outer...