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Tarmin Cloud Storage Solution Brief

  1. 1. Solutions Brief Cloud Storage Solutions Brief Introduction One of IT’s biggest expenses is disk storage. ComputerWorld estimates that in many enterprises storage is responsible for almost 30% of capital expenditures as the average growth of data approaches close to 50% annually in most enterprise. Amid this milieu, there’s strong concern that enterprise will drown in the expense of storing data, especially unstructured data. To address this need, Cloud storage services have started to become popular. Ranging from Cloud storage focused at the enterprise to that focused on end users, Cloud storage providers offer huge capacity cost reductions, the elimination of labor required for storage management and maintenance, and immediate provisioning of capacity at a very low cost per terabyte. Cloud storage, though, is not a brand new concept. The central ideas for Cloud storage are related to past service bureau computing paradigms and to those of application service providers and storage service providers of the late 90’s. This time, however, the economic situation and the advent of new technologies have sparked strong interest in the Cloud storage provider model. With on-premises storage costs already high and rising in many IT departments, Cloud storage providers can lower cost by off-loading the burden of storage management and shielding enterprises from other costs as well, such as storage and network hardware changes. Cloud storage providers deliver economies of scale by using the same storage capacity to meet the needs of many organizations, passing the cost savings to their customer base. ™ To help enterprises take advantage of this emerging trend, GridBank seamlessly integrates with Cloud storage ®, environments, allowing enterprises to effortlessly migrate, archive, and tier their file, SharePoint and Exchange data from on-site primary storage and servers to cloud storage targets. Leveraging its comprehensive security model, GridBank insures extraordinary protection from authorized access for file, SharePoint, and Exchange data deployed to Cloud storage configurations. Overview Organizations that use GridBank to connect to cloud storage environments enjoy the comprehensive feature sets and business benefits of GridBank, while taking advantage of the cost reduction and deployment flexibility offered by the cloud storage delivery model. Cloud environments can further enhance the benefits of GridBank, which was developed to significantly reduce storage and data management costs, provide automated policy-based storage management, and help meet compliance and regulatory needs. By moving data to Cloud storage, IT can also reduce power and cooling costs on-premise and enjoy a “Greener” data center environment. ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10
  2. 2. Solutions Brief GridBank Configuration with Cloud Storage Service Provider Target GridBank directly supports the Cloud storage service providers’ file system interfaces, which means enterprises do not need to have the Cloud service providers’ “gateway”. If an organization elects to do so, GridBank, typically, will not require the “gateway’s” use. Since GridBank writes directly to the Cloud storage service providers’ file system interfaces, all of GridBank’s extensive features apply to datasets placed at the Cloud storage provider. GridBank Cloud Storage Management One of the unique technologies at the core of GridBank is its comprehensive object-based cloud archiving storage platform. GridBank stores file, SharePoint, and Exchange places content into Cloud storage (as well as traditional on-premise virtual storage pools) as objects. Each object consists of three main components: the file itself, metadata that describes the file, and configurable policies that manage numerous elements such as retention, security and access. Metadata provides an easy and fast method for the search and retrieval of information that exists in either GridBank’s virtual storage pools or Cloud storage. GridBank Cloud Storage Integration Takes Only a Few Simple Steps As data is tiered into GridBank, the contents are indexed and made fully searchable with GridBank’s sophisticated search engine. For objects with no content, such as video and graphics, GridBank allows the creation of custom metadata tags so even non-text data can easily be searched and retrieved. To insure the utmost in security for data stored in the Cloud, searching, retrieving, viewing and sharing are tied tightly to GridBank’s identity centric role-based security scheme. This object-based model allows GridBank to control and manage the backend of on-site storage targets through the creation of virtual heterogeneous storage pools where file, SharePoint, and Exchange-based data objects are archived. GridBank’s virtual storage pools are vendor and hardware agnostic, scalable to petabytes (PB) of data, self-healing, and highly fault tolerant. GridBank supports multiple cloud storage service providers as targets for GridBank archives, repositories, and libraries just as it does for on-site virtual storage pools, meaning all of GridBank’s features are available to data stored in the Cloud. ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10
  3. 3. Solutions Brief Object metadata is always kept in the GridBank server grid in an organization’s data center. For data stored with Cloud storage service providers this is a critical advantage of GridBank’s design. This results in very high-speed search functionality for data residing in Cloud storage, as searching and viewing takes place on-premise in GridBank’s Metabase not at the Cloud storage service provider. By having search and E-discovery executed in the enterprise’s data center there is no need to connect to the Cloud storage provider. This substantially reduces Cloud storage bandwidth and connection costs. Organizations can easily and quickly connect GridBank to any number of Cloud storage service providers. GridBank’s easy-to-use Cloud Storage Wizard allows customers to create connections to various cloud storage targets; it can attach different cloud storage to different GridBank clusters, a single GridBank cluster to multiple cloud storage providers, and provides for both on-premise virtual storage pools and Cloud storage connectivity to the same GridBank configuration. GridBank currently supports several Cloud storage service providers, including ® ™ Nirvanix, Iron Mountain, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure , Zetta and any provider using the Mezeo cloud platform with additional Cloud storage providers to be added on a continual basis. Please check with Tarmin for the list of current Cloud storage service providers supported. GridBank’s Easy-to-Use Cloud Wizard GridBank’s powerful migration and replication policies allow data to be moved wherever it is most effective. Moving data from one cloud service provider to another or from a GridBank storage pool to a cloud service provider is fully automated. Just create the appropriate migration or replication policy and GridBank does the rest. With the ability to migrate and replicate from cloud to cloud, virtual storage pool to virtual storage pool, and cloud to virtual storage pool, GridBank delivers optimal flexibility, avoids Cloud storage or on-premise storage vendor lock-in, and provides content distribution and archive disaster protection. All this is completely transparent and in the background with full access to the data while the migration is taking place. With GridBank, Cloud storage is configured, managed, and accessed as easily as data on GridBank’s virtual storage pools on-premise. GridBank Enhances Cloud Storage Security Cloud storage services are ideal for all types of unstructured data requirements, including archiving, tiering, and migration of file, SharePoint, and Exchange-based data. However, as several recent studies have noted, enterprise customers frequently consider public Cloud storage security to be inadequate, making it one of the biggest hurdles for enterprise-level deployments. GridBank solves this problem by providing a highly secure solution for Cloud storage installations. ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10
  4. 4. Solutions Brief A core strength of GridBank’s architecture is its array of security features, which are all fully applicable for cloud storage deployments. GridBank encrypts data before it is migrated/tiered from primary storage to a GridBank Cloud storage target. IT can chose from several levels of encryption, ranging up to 448-bit blowfish, and different encryption policies can be set for different data sets. Encryption happens on-premise before data is sent over the IP network to the Cloud service provider. Also, data at rest with the Cloud provider is also encrypted. When data is retrieved, decryption can only happen when the person downloading the data has the right role-based access. For example, if an archive for the operations department is placed in Cloud storage the encryption will take place before the data is sent from the enterprise to the Cloud storage provider and only those with the right role-based access to that operations data will be allowed to retrieve the data and to decrypt it. GridBank Encrypts Data before It is Sent to Cloud Storage GridBank provides powerful identity-centric role-based security access through integration with Active Directory (AD) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to data place in Cloud storage. Using the standard role-based access established for AD or LDAP, data sent to archives, libraries, or repositories in the Cloud storage has the right user access assigned to each object. This means only those individuals specified by AD and LDAP to have appropriate access to the data will allowed to view, search, share, retrieve and decrypt the data from Cloud storage. GridBank also allows IT administrators to assign supplementary role-based security over and above what an enterprise deploys with AD or LDAP Additional security features to ensure the security of data placed in Cloud storage by GridBank include: • Multiple GridBank administrator security levels. • Application of unique digital signatures for every object. • Comprehensive audit management at allows IT to track each file, SharePoint or Exchange data object in the cloud storage configuration: who archived it, accessed it, shared it, published it, and retrieved it. In short, GridBank delivers the utmost in complete security for an enterprise’s data stored in Cloud storage! Summary and GridBank Cloud Storage Business Benefits Companies and government entities are facing an explosion of file, SharePoint, and Exchange data. This incredible data growth and the maturation of Cloud storage technology have led to a number of strong Cloud storage service provider offerings. ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10
  5. 5. Solutions Brief To enable enterprises to leverage the wide availability of Cloud storage service providers, Tarmin’s GridBank provides seamless integration. Not only is data easily tiered, archived, and migrated to Cloud storage, but GridBank’s extensive policy management, search and E-discovery, and security feature sets are all as readily available for Cloud storage as they are for on-premise secondary storage. GridBank’s Cloud storage support provides a wide range of business-critical benefits, including: • Excellent ROI – With cloud storage costs decreasing daily, the return on GridBank is almost instant. After migration, free space is immediately available on primary on-site storage, the data is highly secure in the low cost cloud storage, and users can transparently access information data from the Cloud storage almost as fast as on-premise GridBank storage virtual pools. • Storage optimization and management efficiency – The primary storage footprint is reduced by seamlessly archiving data to Cloud storage. Cloud storage capacity use is also reduced though single instancing, data compression, thin provisioning, and quota management, cutting Cloud storage costs. • Military-strength security – Leveraging GridBank’s numerous security options, data in cloud storage completely secure. • Transparent and simple user experience – Users transparently and rapidly access data via one of GridBank’s several methods - regardless of whether the data actually resides in Cloud storage on one of GridBank’s on-premise virtual storage pools • Automated policy-based management – GridBank’s policy management framework allows organizations to migrate/tier the data from primary hosts and storage to cost effective cloud storage with complete security. All policies created by GridBank can be applied to the data migrated to the cloud storage, just as it does for GridBank on-premise virtual storage pools. • E-discovery, search, and indexing – Finding data in cloud storage has traditionally been extremely slow but with GridBank’s E-discovery and indexing technology, it is a matter of seconds. The GridBank index lives in the enterprise on GridBank’s server grid, providing users with the ability to find the data quickly and perform E-discovery requests very efficiently. • Flexible deployment – Customers can deploy to cloud storage, on-premise, or a combination of both, depending upon customer cost, security, and management plans. • Green storage solution – Gives customers a more environmentally friendly storage infrastructure, as there is no need to power and cool storage on-site (reducing the carbon footprint), and a reduction of the amount of physical material that needs to be recycled when physical storage hardware becomes obsolete. With these benefits, organizations will be better prepared to take advantage of the availability of quality Cloud storage service providers by deploying Cloud storage with industry acclaimed GridBank. About Tarmin Tarmin Inc. is a leading provider of cloud archiving storage platforms. Tarmin’s award winning cloud archiving solution organizes archival data silos spread across a companies data centers to public or private clouds, optimizing information access while conserving storage and reducing costs. Providing transparent archiving capability through the integration of cloud and traditional storage into a single pool, Tarmin delivers infinite scalability, an object-based storage model, and a non-disruptive technology adoption path. While substantially lowering storage and IT CAPEX and OPEX, Tarmin’s cloud archiving platform enables unified retention, search and case management, and consistent policy management and security across all archives - be they in a public cloud, private cloud, or on traditional on premise storage. Tarmin creates an easily manageable approach to cloud archiving that improves data and storage management, satisfies any organization’s regulatory, governance, and compliance requirements, and delivers a “Green” friendly storage solution. Tarmin has received numerous industry accolades including: Finalist for Storage Magazine’s Best Enterprise Storage Product of 2009 (Jan, 2010), one of the “Nine Storage Companies to Watch” by Network World and CIO magazines (August 2009), and ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10
  6. 6. Solutions Brief Storage Magazine UK’s “One to Watch” Award (June 2009). Tarmin is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit www.tarmin.com or e-mail Tarmin at info@tarmin.com. Tarmin, Inc 465 La Canada Court, Suite 101 Morgan Hill, CA 94301 Phone: +1 (866) 4 TARMIN Email: sales@tarmin.com info@tarmin.com ™ © 2010 Tarmin Inc. All rights reserved. Tarmin, GridBank, NOADS, and the NOADS logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Tarmin in the United States and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Tarmin, Inc makes no warranties, expressed or implied, by operation of law or otherwise, relating to this document, the products or the computer software programs described herein. The information contained in this document is subject to change without notice. Tarmin Inc assumes no responsibility for any errors that may appear. All other trade names, trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks used and mentioned in this document are the rightful property of their respective owners. CLOUD STORAGE SOLUTIONS BRIEF - 041510 ©Tarmin Inc., 2010 Cloud Storage Solutions Brief 04/15/10