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White Paper: Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services — EMC Atmos Product Family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform

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This white paper provides guidelines on how to deploy the EMC Atmos products, the Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, and supporting Atmos technologies to create an Object-Storage-as-a-Service environment.

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  • 1. White PaperOBJECT-STORAGE-AS-A-SERVICE AND VALUE-ADDED SERVICESEMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform • Deliver Storage-as-a-Service on secured shared platforms • Leverage your investment with a catalog of Atmos-powered services EMC Solutions Group Abstract This white paper provides guidelines on how to deploy the EMC® Atmos™ products, the Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, and supporting Atmos technologies to create an Object Storage-as-a-Service environment. It brings guidance on the design and deployment considerations related to the platform’s implementation and provides integration points and use cases for Atmos-powered services like file tiering, archiving and backup services that can be leveraged to monetize the investment in Atmos. October 2012
  • 2. Copyright © 2012 EMC Corporation. All Rights Reserved.EMC believes the information in this publication is accurate as of itspublication date. The information is subject to change without notice.The information in this publication is provided “as is.” EMC Corporation makesno representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the information inthis publication, and specifically disclaims implied warranties ofmerchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Use, copying, and distribution of any EMC software described in thispublication requires an applicable software license.For the most up-to-date listing of EMC product names, see EMC CorporationTrademarks on EMC.com.All trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.Part Number H11161 Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 2 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 3. Table of contents Executive summary............................................................................................................................... 5 Business case .................................................................................................................................. 5 Solution overview ............................................................................................................................ 5 Introduction.......................................................................................................................................... 7 Purpose ........................................................................................................................................... 7 Scope .............................................................................................................................................. 7 Audience ......................................................................................................................................... 7 Technology overview ............................................................................................................................ 8 Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 8 EMC Atmos ...................................................................................................................................... 8 EMC Atmos Virtual Edition................................................................................................................ 9 EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform ................................................................................................. 9 EMC Atmos Software Development Kit ............................................................................................. 9 EMC Atmos architecture and deployment considerations ................................................................... 10 EMC Atmos cloud storage architecture and planning ...................................................................... 10 EMC Atmos data protection and resiliency ..................................................................................... 10 EMC Atmos Virtual Edition.............................................................................................................. 10 EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform ............................................................................................... 10 EMC Atmos cloud storage for Web services .................................................................................... 11 Atmos-powered solutions................................................................................................................... 12 Overview ........................................................................................................................................ 12 Online backup services .................................................................................................................. 12 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 12 Solution overviews .................................................................................................................... 12 File sync services ........................................................................................................................... 13 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 13 Solution overview ...................................................................................................................... 14 Instant file access .......................................................................................................................... 15 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 15 Solution overview ...................................................................................................................... 15 Medical image archiving ................................................................................................................ 16 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 16 Solution overview ...................................................................................................................... 16 File tiering to EMC Atmos................................................................................................................ 16 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 16 Solution overview ...................................................................................................................... 16 Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 3 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 4. Cloud storage gateways ................................................................................................................. 18 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 18 Solution overview ...................................................................................................................... 18 Revenue generators................................................................................................................... 20Conclusion ......................................................................................................................................... 22 Findings ......................................................................................................................................... 22References.......................................................................................................................................... 23 Atmos platform guides ................................................................................................................... 23 Atmos cloud delivery platform guides ............................................................................................ 23 Atmos SDK guides.......................................................................................................................... 23 Additional Atmos-related documents ............................................................................................. 23 Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 4 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 5. Executive summaryBusiness case Content-rich applications such as those that store video, medical images, and collaboration content, combined with the growth of user-generated data, are challenging the traditional approach to storing data at scale. In a typical enterprise environment, these application workloads can combine to routinely generate unprecedented volumes of unstructured data. This combination of massive growth, new information types, changing deployment models, and the need to support multiple locations and users globally, has led to new market requirements for information management. These new storage dynamics are proving to be a challenge when supported with the service management processes for traditional file systems: • The first challenge is the recurring request for storage resources. Followed by the provisioning cycle ranging in duration from hours to weeks, the actual consumption of the storage space can then be provisioned. • The second challenge is the complex sets of replications and distribution tasks. In this storage provisioning cycle, storage is often presented to the consumer, be it an application or an end user through a rigid, structured, path-based construct. As applications continue to scale, the underlying storage must follow the cyclical storage provisioning process mentioned previously. Then as these applications and their content grow and need to scale geographically, the data must be replicated through a variety of methods, which typically involve complex sets of replications and distribution tasks. To overcome these constraints, the EMC® Atmos™ product family is positioned to deliver a more modern technology than traditional file- or block-based storage platforms to provide the linear scale, elasticity, geographic distribution of unstructured data. This data distribution eliminates the cyclical need to provision and consume storage. Unlike a frame-by-frame monolithic approach that is common with file- or block-based storage technologies, the EMC Atmos product family makes storage capacity available on-demand and allows access to an entire storage infrastructure collectively. Service providers are looking to invest in storage platforms like EMC Atmos, which is a low cost, scalable Storage-as-a-Service solution for their customers. With today’s challenges of efficiently and cost effectively storing ever expanding data growth from content rich applications and user-generated data, service providers are well positioned to offer their customers scale-out cloud storage services to meet these demands based on their ability to provide the network infrastructure, data centre footprint, controlled energy costs, and operations at scale.Solution overview EMC Atmos is a cloud storage solution that enables service providers to store, manage, and protect geographically distributed, unstructured content at scale. Essentially, it provides the building blocks for the service provider to implement a cloud storage environment. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 5 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 6. EMC Atmos can be deployed as an integrated hardware and software cloud storagesystem or it can extend existing or new VMware®certified storage with the capabilitiesof Atmos cloud storage with the EMC Atmos virtual edition.In addition to the integrated and virtual edition of EMC Atmos, the EMC Atmos CloudDelivery Platform is an add-on software product that can be used by service providersto deliver and manage Storage-as-a-Service to an Atmos storage cloud. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 6 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 7. IntroductionPurpose The purpose of this white paper is to provide necessary information on the EMC Atmos platform to: • Enable the service provider to architect and deploy an object storage platform • Offer customers Storage-as-a-Service solutions with the integration of value- added services so that they may monetize the investment in the EMC Atmos platform. This white paper is also to describe how the service provider can monetize EMC Atmos with the integration of value-added services, for example data protection, archiving, and global data access services.Scope This white paper provides an overview of the different deployment types for the EMC Atmos Cloud Storge building blocks so that a service provider can establish a “best fit” for their environment. Throughout this white paper, we assume that you have some familiarity with the concepts and operations related to network, storage, and virtualization technologies, and their use in cloud and data center infrastructures.Audience This white paper is intended for EMC employees, partners, and customers including IT planners, system architects and administrators, and any others involved in evaluating, acquiring, managing, operating, or designing an Object-Storage-as-a- Service infrastructure environment leveraging EMC and EMC partner technologies. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 7 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 8. Technology overviewOverview Service providers are looking to build reliable, multi-tenant object storage systems using EMC technologies. They can then deliver to their customer what as-a-service can do by leveraging the following core components of the EMC Atmos product family.EMC Atmos EMC Atmos is an integrated software and hardware system that enables enterprises and service providers to store, manage, and protect globally distributed, unstructured content at scale. EMC Atmos software provides: • Cloud architecture for efficient object storage, protection, and access across distributed systems • Single system that is active across locations • Seamless scalability to easily add capacity, applications, tenants, and users • Easy access across networks and platforms • Automated data placement, protection, and services • Central management and provisioning across the entire storage cloud EMC Atmos hardware includes: • High-density, standard 40U cabinet with one 3U disk enclosure per shelf • Fully accessible and customer-serviceable components • Redundant power cooling and cabling • Three-base configuration options depending on computing and storage requirements • Easy scale-out with 30 to 120 disk expansion node options EMC Atmos delivers: • Common application programming interfaces (APIs)—Access instantly storage resources with representational state transfer (REST) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Web service APIs across EMC Atmos, Atmos Virtual Edition, and Atmos-powered external clouds. • Policy-based information management—Improve operational efficiency with easy-to-set policies for content protection, distribution, and additional data services. • Infinite scalability—Scale easily on-demand with no provisioning required. • Object metadata—Refine content distribution, improve searches, and build custom views for cloud-based services. • Multi-tenancy—Achieve economies of scale by securely serving multiple applications from a single infrastructure. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 8 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 9. • Unified namespace— Simplify your environment and support application scale, managing and presenting information as a single entity. • Application diversity—Support business-critical applications including backup and archiving, collaboration, and content distribution. For more information about Atmos, refer to the EMC Atmos data sheet.EMC Atmos Virtual Atmos Virtual Edition offers the core benefits and features of EMC Atmos in aEdition virtualized environment, delivering Web-enabled, policy-managed, and scalable cloud storage solutions. It works with new or existing EMC storage products or any VMware-certified storage. This allows the service provider to maximize existing storage investments to optimize content distribution and retention while dramatically reducing provisioning, management, and data protection activities. Atmos Virtual Edition supports content-rich applications with easy-to-adopt APIs, scales elastically with nondisruptive expansions, and gives application developers and users instant access to storage with minimal IT provisioning and process. For more information about Atmos Virtual Edition, see the EMC Atmos Virtual Edition Data Sheet.EMC Atmos Cloud EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform is an add-on software product used to deliver andDelivery Platform manage Storage-as-a-Service to an Atmos storage cloud. Through its easy to use and install portal, service providers can: • Implement a turnkey solution to deliver and manage Storage-as-a-Service • Offer users self-service access and storage management • Manage and view meter utilization and bandwidth per user • Integrate chargeback and billing For more information about Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, see the EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Data Sheet.EMC Atmos For application architects and developers, EMC Atmos has a software developmentSoftware kit. The Atmos Software Development Kit (SDK) encompasses the language bindings,Development Kit APIs, documentations, and tools surrounding the EMC Atmos platform. The Atmos developer community hosts the Atmos SDK, as well as active forums, sample code, applications, and access to the Atmos online developer network. Included in the References section of this white paper are some additional guides that form part of the EMC SDK and can be leveraged by experienced programmers who want to develop applications that interface with Atmos. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 9 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 10. EMC Atmos architecture and deployment considerations To gain an understanding of the Atmos storage architecture the EMC Atmos Cloud Storage Architecture white paper outlines the architectural elements of EMC AtmosEMC Atmos cloud and how it efficiently manages, protects, and stores distributed unstructured contentstorage at scale.architecture andplanning Deployment of EMC Atmos requires careful planning. The EMC Atmos Planning Considerations document provides guidelines for planning an Atmos system installation. A number of additional guides are referred to in the EMC Atmos Planning Considerations document, these and other documentation relating to deploying and administering EMC Atmos can be found in the References section of this white paper.EMC Atmos data To understand the resiliency features and functionality of the EMC Atmos platform,protection and the white paper EMC Atmos Data Protection and Resiliency illustrates how the Atmosresiliency policy engine, distributed data services, and fault-tolerant hardware features can support highly-available, mission-critical cloud storage workloads that run on the Atmos object storage platform.EMC Atmos Virtual The main benefit of the Atmos Virtual Edition is that it can be deployed on theEdition existing virtual server infrastructure and provide object storage functionality using traditional back-end file storage systems such as EMC VNX™ and other VMware certified third party storage systems. The EMC Atmos Virtual Edition with EMC VNX Series Deployment Guide shows how to configure a REST-based and SOAP-based object storage platform using EMC Atmos Virtual Edition and EMC VNX series, and outlines various aspects of the solution, including management, performance, and storage efficiency.EMC Atmos Cloud A high level overview of the architecture and the features and components of theDelivery Platform Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform are detailed in the EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Conceptual Overview document. The EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Conceptual Overview document refers to a number of additional supporting documents namely: • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Site Planning Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Administrator’s Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Metering API • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform User Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Programmer’s Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Troubleshooting Guide These guides can be found in the References section of this whitepaper along with additional Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform documentation that provide excellent guidance for Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform deployments. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 10 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 11. EMC Atmos cloud The EMC Atmos Cloud Optimized Storge for Web Services guide describes thestorage for Web business use case of storing, managing, and retrieving objects over a Web-basedservices platform with an in-depth examination of using EMC Atmos to implement the Web services business case. Following this, the paper describes the EMC Atmos Cloud Storage approach detailing the system and architectural approach and best practice design. Finally the whitepaper shows a sample web services implementation of storing and retrieving objects with the Atmos web services interface. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 11 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 12. Atmos-powered solutionsOverview EMC Atmos provides the foundations for service providers to offer scale-out Storage- as-a-Service offerings to their customers. However, to really drive the consumption of the storage space that the EMC Atmos platform delivers, service providers must look to build integrated solutions to monetize their investments. This section shows examples of business issues that can be addressed with EMC Atmos-powered integrated solutions that the service providers can build as-a-service offerings and propositions to grow object storage consumption. It also looks at how the solution components of these service offerings equates into revenues for the service providers, factoring in elements such as storage policies (single site copy or multi-site copy), network rental and bandwidth, data storage per gigabyte.Online backup Introductionservices Online backup services allow organizations to protect data stored on a range of end- user devices (such as laptops, desktops, and tablets) and servers. They usually operate through the installation of a host-based software agent that captures changed data and automatically stores a copy of it on a remote storage platform through a secure Internet connection. Online backup services vary greatly in their sophistication, ranging from simple services that make a daily backup of important files and documents, to comprehensive, enterprise-grade services that allow companies to protect their critical data and applications from a range of outages. Online backup services tend to target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) because of technology constraints that have weighed on large enterprise adoption, and the latency associated with large backups and the increased cost associated with transferring large amounts of data to public cloud storage platforms offered by service providers. Solution overviews EMC Atmos can be leveraged as a backup target, the following solution overviews give good examples of how Atmos can be integrated with EMC and third party products to provide online backup services. Iomega® Storcenter series and Atmos cloud connector For more information, refer to Solution Overview: EMC Iomega Storcenter Series and Atmos Cloud Connector. EMC NetWorker backup to Atmos cloud storage The EMC NetWorker® Cloud Backup Option enables customers to leverage Atmos- based cloud storage for online backup and recovery. NetWorker’s integration with Atmos provides the necessary control and security to safely and effectively migrate backup data to an offsite facility for disaster recovery and long-term retention. As a perfect complement to backup-to-disk, NetWorker cloud-enabled backup makes staging and copying of data from disk to cloud storage straight forward. Because the Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 12 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 13. storage resource looks just like on-premise disk, recovery from the cloud storage platform is also simple and straightforward. By automating offsite workflows, NetWorker backup to Atmos reduces error prone tape-based operations. Combining NetWorker and Atmos helps customers eliminate capital expenditures typically required for tape infrastructure by providing an effective pay-as-you-go alternative to tape vaulting. Major use cases of EMC NetWorker backup to Atmos cloud storage are listed as follows: • Backup to disk, copy to EMC Atmos • Direct backup to EMC Atmos The following are the key features and functions of these use cases: • Leveraging traditional backup workflows–backup-to-Atmos using existing backup workflows • Data compression maximizes efficiency of data transfer • Data encryption ensures all data flowing off-site is securely protected • Bandwidth throttling ensures customer control over network resources utilization • Internet connectivity resilienceFile sync services Introduction The proliferation of smart phones and particularly tablets has drastically changed the way in which people work. The convenience of "instant on connect” of those mobile devices creates a desire to access, modify, and create data anywhere and anytime with any mobile device. Online or cloud file sync services like Apple iCloud and cloud file sharing services, such as DropBox and SugarSync, allow consumers to synchronize files among different devices that they own and share them among family and friends. The ease of use of these cloud file sync/sharing services has begun to impact the business world as employees start installing these services on their work personal computers (PCs) and laptops, as well as their tablets and smart phones, to access their work-related content or to share the content with their business associates. However, most of those activities are ad hoc and not organized by the companys IT department. Vendors of cloud file sync/sharing services are becoming more sophisticated by offering more business-oriented feature functions, such as policy-based access control and versioning. These vendors are building the necessary connectors and adapters to integrate with EMC Atmos to provide enterprise-grade file sync and share solutions. Service providers are leveraging these solutions to offer file sync and sharing service to drive the consumption of the storage space from their scale-out storage platforms like EMC Atmos. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 13 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 14. Solution overviewOxygen cloud provides end-users access to data stored in EMC Atmos across desktopplatforms (such as Windows, Mac, and Linux) and mobile devices (such as iPhone,iPad, Android devices). Oxygen complements Atmos by providing end-users withubiquitous access to their data without compromising the required IT control overusers, data, and devices. Oxygen Cloud provides the desktop and mobile filenavigation interface and IT management oversight tools necessary for EMC Atmoscloud deployments.Oxygen allows end-users of enterprises and service providers to: • Access, share, and manage files from anywhere with iPhone, iPad and Android devices • Use native desktop tools to access Atmos and manage cloud files as if they are local • Share files and communicate with team members, comment directly on files, and follow a unified newsfeed to monitor team feedback and file activity • Gain visibility and control over all corporate content regardless of the device or platform. All information is secured using encryption at rest and in transit • Centrally manage users, access permissions, and security policiesThe Intel Cloudbuilders Guide defines and tests a scale-out storage cloud referencearchitecture based on EMC Atmos with secured file access based on Oxygen cloudsoftware Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 14 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 15. Instant file access Introduction Cloud storage platforms like EMC Atmos are solving the challenges associated with the big data storage needs of today’s enterprises. Instant access to this data is an important part of the cloud storage solution for business users. Solution overview EMC Atmos GeoDrive is an add-on software product that offers a single user or application instant access to an Atmos storage cloud from a Windows or Linux workstation, as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1. Atmos GeoDrive: Windows and Linux Access Atmos GeoDrive: • Enables users to securely store and access files to/from EMC Atmos • Works over almost any network • Requires zero development, so users can access EMC Atmos cloud storage instantly Once installed, Atmos GeoDrive behaves like local storage. It creates a virtual Windows drive or Linux mount point, so users work just like they do on their local system. Users can store data copies both locally and in the cloud, or create a local shortcut to push all content to the cloud. Because it runs in the user’s native environment, there is no learning curve so they can be storing and accessing files in the cloud storage platform quickly and easily. A frequently asked questions document for Atmos GeoDrive can be found in the References section of this white paper. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 15 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 16. Medical image Introductionarchiving Archiving used to be a necessity by law or other compliance mandates, and used to be a method for moving older, seldom used data to cheaper storage. Today, the enterprise archive is a critical business asset. Specific to healthcare, the image archive has become indispensible as an information asset and critical to accurate diagnoses and error reduction. Archived image data needs to be stored securely and in compliance with industry regulations, but also accessible on-demand. Increasingly, healthcare organizations are turning to object, content-addressable storage platforms to achieve these goals. The Improve Patient Care and Reduce IT Costs with Vendor Neutral Archiving and Cloud Storage guide gives a good outline on the benefits of EMC Atmos and medical image archiving. Solution overview The white paper Improve Patient Care and Reduce IT Costs with Vendor Neutral Archiving and Cloud Storage focuses on the challenges of medical image archiving. It illustrates the value of vendor neutral archiving combined with EMC Atmos cloud storage to break down Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) silos to reduce storage and archive costs, and provide secure, anywhere access to medical images on any device at the point of care.File tiering to EMC IntroductionAtmos Traditional backup and archiving processes are burdened with real-world challenges related to data growth. These challenges include issues around performance tuning, the constant addition of expensive tier 1 NAS storage, and the general truth that most data stored is never accessed after its first 90 days. Additionally, there are other problems to consider. Many backups simply fail, with industry averages approaching 25 percent. Recovery is another problem leading to missed service-level agreements (SLAs), and because of the nature of the tape, access can take hours to days with the appearance of the resource simply being offline. EMC Atmos and the Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) are built to help businesses meet the dynamic and growing demands for tiered, archival storage resources. Solution overview In conjunction with EMC Atmos-powered service providers, Atmos and CTA can address traditional backup and archival issues with intelligent tiering to service provider storage clouds. The benefits are: • The amount of active data to manage is reduced:  Moving inactive or infrequently accessed files from tier 1 NAS to a target tier of hosted cloud storage defers capital expenditure (CapEx) purchases of new capacity and lowers overall total cost of ownership.  Backup times are reduced when static content is removed from backups.  Data can be aligned with retention requirements to meet compliance requirements. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 16 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 17. • Simple to deploy, scale, utilize, and secure:  CTA can be deployed as either a physical appliance or virtual Appliance appliance leveraging VMware vSphere infrastructure.  Compression archives and retrieves files faster with less storage space consumed.  Encryption can ensure data security.A robust policy engine allows flexible rules for inclusion and exclusion as shown inFigure 2.Figure 2. Simple User InterfaceNAS functionality and processes are preserved, including snapshots, backup andrecovery, and anti-virusIt is out of band and nonintrusive to current file service solutions, as shown in Figure3.Figure 3. Archiving and retrieval: All out-of-band Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 17 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 18. Cloud storage Introductiongateways A cloud storage gateway is a network appliance or server that resides at the customer premises and translates cloud storage APIs such as SOAP or REST to block-based storage protocols such as Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) or Fibre Channel or file-based interfaces such as Network File System (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS). According to a 2011 report by Gartner Group, cloud gateways are expected to increase the use of cloud storage by lowering monthly charges and eliminating the concern of data security. Taneja Group Inc. analysts predict that the cloud gateway appliance market will grow to more than $400 million in 2014, from $11 million at the end of 2010. Unlike the cloud storage services that they complement, cloud storage gateways use standard network protocols that provide a seamless integration with existing applications. Cloud storage gateways can also serve as intermediaries to multiple cloud storage providers. Some cloud storage gateways also include additional storage features such as backup and recovery, caching, compression, encryption, deduplication and provisioning. Solution overview CTERA is one such Cloud Storage Gateway provider that enables EMC Atmos service providers to launch managed cloud storage and data protection services for SMBs by using the CTERA Portal for central provisioning and the CTERA cloud gateways for accelerated access from customer sites. CTERA provides all-in-one cloud storage gateways that support encryption and deduplication for data sent to the cloud, and at the same time provide a full set of backup and recovery tools for both file and disk- level backup, as well as acting as NAS supporting CIFS, NFS, rsync, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) and iSCSI. Appliances of different sizes are available, from the tiny diskless CloudPlug, to the eight-bay / 24TB local capacity C800, as well as managed agents that can be used to back up laptops, servers, and virtual machines to a cloud storage gateway or directly to the CTERA Portal. As shown in Figure 4 and Figure 5, CTERA’s cloud-side management platform, CTERA Portal, integrates with Atmos (supported within the CTERA Portal user interface as a storage node) and uses it as its storage infrastructure. This platform enables the service provider to create service plans based on storage and cloud services (such as backup, remote access, and sharing), interface with billing systems, and remotely manage the customer-premises appliances and agents. Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 18 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 19. Figure 4. CTERA solution architectureFigure 5. CTERA solution features and functionality Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 19 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 20. Revenue There are many potential revenue streams that a service provider can generate withgenerators EMC Atmos. There are also many integrated solutions that can be leveraged with Atmos. Table 1 sets out examples of potential revenue streams that can be generated with the integrated solutions, such as file tiering and online backup. The service provider can offer a number of storage policies to the customer including the number of copies of the data and the locations at which the data is stored. This can be coupled with Enterprise grade service level agreements, enabling the service provider to provide a range of high availability offerings and charge a premium for these services. Table 1 also shows the potential revenue from network connectivity, both internet access and private network access to the cloud storage platform, along with the ability to charge for bandwidth or for data transfer in or out or both. A number of the Atmos-powered solutions will demand that an appliance, hardware- or software- based, be located on the customer premises. In these examples, there will be the potential to charge for the appliance, the deployment, and the ongoing management of the appliance. Table 1. Potential revenue streams Atmos- Atmos Online File Instant file Medical File tiering Cloud powered platform backup synchroniza access image storage service tion archiving gateway revenue elements Example 1: Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Data storage policy 1 (single site, one synchronou s copy) per gigabyte per month/ usage based (peak usage per day) Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 20 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 21. Atmos- Atmos Online File Instant file Medical File tiering Cloudpowered platform backup synchroniza access image storageservice tion archiving gatewayrevenueelementsExample 2: Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/ADatastoragepolicy 2(onesynchronous copy localsite, oneasynchronous copyremotesite)-permonth/usagebased(peak usageper day)Internet N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yesaccess(Public IPaddressesandbandwidth)Data N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesNetworks(PrivateConnectivity andBandwidth)Customer N/A Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes YesPremisesApplianceHWSW(Purchaseupfrontlease plusmonthlymanagementcharges Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 21 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 22. ConclusionFindings It is clear that traditional storage systems can no longer support, at scale, the huge growth in information and the need to provide access to this data at multiple locations to a global workforce. The findings of this solution include: • Back-end storage design and implementation are key to enabling scalability and maturity of cloud storage services • Enterprise adoption of cloud storage services is often driven by the need to offer services that target specific workloads (Backup, File Tiering, Medical Image Archiving) EMC Atmos products provide a robust, cost effective, and scalable foundation cloud storage layer that can be integrated by service providers to build Atmos-powered solutions that target these workloads Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 22 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
  • 23. ReferencesAtmos platform For more information on the Atmos platform, see the guides listed below on the EMCguides website or Powerlink. • EMC Atmos 2.0 – Administrator’s Guide • EMC Atmos 2.0 – System Management API Guide • EMC Atmos 2.0 Programmer’s Guide • EMC Atmos 2.0 Security Configuration Guide • EMC Atmos Hardware SpecificationsAtmos cloud For more information on the Atmos cloud delivery platform, see the guides listeddelivery platform below on the EMC website or Powerlink.guides • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Site Planning Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Installation Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform System Administrator’s Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Metering API • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Management API • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform User Portal User Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Admin Portal User Guide • EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform Troubleshooting GuideAtmos SDK guides For more information on Atmos SDK, see the guides listed below on the EMC website or Powerlink. • EMC Atmos CAS 2.0 API Reference Guide • EMC Atmos CAS 2.0 Programmer’s Guide • EMC Atmos CAS for XAM 2.0 VIM Reference GuideAdditional Atmos- For more Atmos-related information, see the Atmos GeoDrive FAQ on EMC Powerlink.related documents Object-Storage-as-a-Service and Value-Added Services 23 EMC Atmos product family and Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform

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