Active Archive: Data Protection for the Modern Data Center


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Backup has long been thought of as the key technology for data protection (DP). In today’s modern data centers, the fastest moving and most fundamental changes in DP are in Archive, as data is growing at a 60+% annual rate. Case studies will illustrate how active archives are being utilized.

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  • Active Archive: Data Protection for the Modern Data Center

    1. 1. 1<br />Active Archive<br />Online Access to all Your Data<br />Adam Rix <br />Senior Systems Engineer EMEA<br />Spectra Logic<br />
    2. 2. Storage<br />Pyramid<br />RAM<br />Disk<br />Flash<br />Tier 1 Disk<br />Tier 2 Disk<br />Tape<br />Backup Copy<br />Additional Backup Copies<br />Long Term Storage<br />
    3. 3. Active Archive Approach:<br />RAM<br />Extended <br />File System<br />Disk<br />Tape<br />
    4. 4. Active Archive Result:<br />
    5. 5. The Evolution of Active Archive<br /> <br />2000 <br />SCSI/FC<br />2004 <br />2008 <br /> <br />2010 <br />Host<br />Data Creation<br />ACTIVE ARCHIVE<br />APPLICATION<br />DATA PROTECTION<br />APPLICATION<br />SATA<br />BackupOnsite/Offsite<br />Disaster Recovery Offsite<br />ARCHIVE<br />Copy of Data<br />Active Archive of Primary Data Set<br />5<br />
    6. 6. Ineffective Storage Management<br /><ul><li>Up to 70% of capacity of every disk drive installed today is misused
    7. 7. 40% of data inert
    8. 8. 15% allocated but unused
    9. 9. 10% orphan data
    10. 10. 5% contraband data
    11. 11. Disk storage accounts for between 33 and 70 cents of every dollar spent on IT hardware: trend accelerating</li></ul>Source: Making IT Matter (Chalfant/Toigo, 2009) <br />
    12. 12. 7<br />Explosive Data Growth<br /><ul><li>11 Exabytes of digital data created in all of human history through 1999
    13. 13. By 2001, that doubles
    14. 14. By 2011, 1610 EB! *
    15. 15. Where does all the data go?</li></ul>Sources: *International Data Corporation 2010<br />
    16. 16. 8<br /> <br />Information Week 2009 Storage Analytics Report<br /><ul><li>50% of the top 100 companies consolidated data centers in 2009
    17. 17. 70% are affected by regulatory requirements for storage</li></ul>Compliance <br />
    18. 18. Active Archive <br />Active Archive provides affordable, online solution to access and store all this newly created data!<br />An archive that contains production data, no matter how old or infrequently accessed, that can still be retrieved online. <br />9<br />
    19. 19. Achieving Efficiency with Active Archive<br />NASA Ames Case Study<br />
    20. 20. Achieving Efficiency with Active Archive<br />NASA Ames Case Study<br />Pain Points<br />Downtime due to media issues<br />Maxed out data center floor space utilization<br />Goals<br />Ensure media and data integrity<br />Better manage media within the library<br />Improve storage density and footprint<br />Have all data online, searchable and accessible<br />
    21. 21. Achieving Efficiency with Active Archive<br />12<br />Results—NASA benefits greatly migrating to an Active Archive:<br /> IBM’s High Performance Storage System (HPSS) and Spectra’s T950 (8 Frame)<br />Extended file system capacity on tape<br /> Reclaimed 1400 sq. ft. of data center space<br /> Increased online archive capacity 12 PB to 32 PB<br /> Increased data storage reliability<br />
    22. 22. Achieving Efficiency with Active Archive<br />13<br />Results<br />New Storage Footprint<br />
    23. 23. New Application Functionality<br />What is new in the application space?<br />1. Open Systems Applications released<br /><ul><li>Lower entry cost point
    24. 24. Targeted to reach broad IT market.No longer just in:
    25. 25. Proprietary environments
    26. 26. Focused vertical marketing</li></ul>2. Tape Technology has evolved<br />14<br />
    27. 27. Sample Active Archive Apps that extend File System storage to Tape<br />General IT<br />HPC<br />
    28. 28. Requirements for Active Archive<br />16<br />Why Now?<br />
    29. 29. Tape technologies are reliable…<br />Reliability has increased 700% over the technology available a decade earlier<br /><ul><li>Advances in the coating of tape film
    30. 30. Read-after-write data verification
    31. 31. Error correction codes
    32. 32. Drive technology features simplified tape paths and servo tracking systems</li></ul>Beech, Debbie. “Best Practices for backup and long-term data retention” Sylvatica Whitepaper. The evolving role of disk and tape in the data center. June 2009<br />17<br />
    33. 33. …and even more reliable in Spectra libraries<br />Spectra libraries today have the intelligence to proactively alert if a media, drive or hardware issues are developing<br />Gone are the days of not knowing if…<br />A tape has been used beyond any manufacturer thresholds<br />There has been environmental damage to media<br />Failures are drive or media related<br />Data is on the tape media<br />Spectra BlueScale11TM<br />18<br />
    34. 34. Spectra storage offers high energy efficiency<br />19<br />Tape Library<br />Disk System<br />Clipper Group Study, “Tape and Disk Costs”<br /> - Starting with 125 TB of data <br /> - Assuming 14.5 cents per kW/Hr increasing by 10% per year<br />
    35. 35. Spectra’slibraries offer the greatest density<br />Reclaim space: 44 – 218%<br />Low density disk array<br />Same capacity, smaller footprint<br />20<br />
    36. 36. Spectra’s Tape Libraries are Fast…<br />21<br />…really fast!<br />* Based on benchmarked data; assumes 2:1 data compression<br />* Based on 120 LTO-5 Drives<br />* *Times vary based on library and tape drive in use<br />
    37. 37. Drive Technology: LTO 6 – 8 & TS1130<br />Availability: Dual Master Frames, LCM Failover, dual communication paths<br />Manageability: CLI support & API sharing<br />Security: Centralized Key Mgt, Access Control<br />Continued ISV support for new active archive apps<br />22<br />Spectra has a committed long-term roadmap<br />
    38. 38. Tape Automation – Departmental to Enterprise<br />Basic Specifications: <br /><ul><li> 10 to 10,050 Slot Capacity
    39. 39. 1 to 120 LTO Tape Drive Capacity
    40. 40. Scalability through “Transcale”</li></li></ul><li>Tape Automation – LargeEnterprise, HPC, Media<br />Basic Specifications: <br /><ul><li> 1 to 25 Frames
    41. 41. 100 to 30,520 Slot Capacity
    42. 42. 2 to 120 Tape Drive Capacity
    43. 43. Dual Robots, Massive Scalability</li></li></ul><li>Questions?<br />25<br />