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  • Storing data on any hardware device increases email server performance, scalability and reliability. Companies need a email archiving system that stores a huge number of emails without upsetting server performance. The Jatheon solution helps organizations meet their storage space management, compliance, legal discovery, mail platform migration and policy management requirements.

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  • Excellent presentation, Stephen. You have captured the key storage issues and perspectives of the large enterprise IT environment.

    Most of our customers are Fortune 500 companies and large Government agencies who would never consider a wholesale move to Cloud Storage, but are undertaking pilot projects on a departmental basis for new starts. Still, I think it will be some time before they are comfortable giving up total control of their systems and data. As you say, it's not just a $/Gbyte issue; it's not even just a cost issue; it's overcoming the mentality that says 'If we keep this all in-house, our guys can fix it when it breaks.'

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  • Solve 3 Enterprise Storage Problems Today
    Stephen Foskett
    sfoskett@nirvanix.com
    twitter.com/sfoskett
  • Top Storage Issues for IT
    2
  • Storage Is Supposed To Be Getting Cheaper!
    3
    Disk cost is dropping rapidly
    $250 buys:
    1994: 2 GB
    1999: 20 GB
    2004: 200 GB
    2009: 2000 GB
    But enterprise storage costs keep rising!
  • Defining Cloud Storage
    Storage is offered as a service with standard interfaces
    Billing is usage based
    Infrastructure is multi-tenant and scalable
    4
    SOURCE: McKinsey & Company
  • Enterprise Cloud Storage: Why Not?
    5
  • Security & Reliability
    No System is Perfect (including yours)
    What to look for
    Security audit (by a respected firm or customer)
    SAS 70 (especially Type 2)
    Customizable SLA (with remedies)
    Transparency
    Encryption (but who holds the keys?)
  • Encryption for Cloud Storage
    Where should encryption live?
    (and who holds the keys?)
  • Performance
    Cloud storage is not for all data
    But it’s for a lot of data!
    Cloud-appropriate data:
    File-based, unstructured
    Non mission-critical
    Value in keeping it accessible
    Requirement to be outside the firewall
    Multi-user, multi-site
    Rarely written, frequently read
  • Ingestion
    Loading initial data can derail even the best cloud use cases
    Bandwidth is sized to daily requirements
    Initial data loading often requires an alternate path
    Can you ship tapes? Disk arrays?
    Who manages? Who pays?
  • Implementation
    APIs Aren’t “Simple” to Integrate
    What to look for
    Robust integrated functionality in applications
    Solutions & integration services
    Enterprise support
    Standard storage protocol support
  • Paths to the Cloud
  • Physical, Virtual, and Cloud Compute
    Confidential
    12
    Server virtualization allows us to combine workloads, buying 30% less
    We really only need this much CPU time…
    …but we have to buy this much on physical servers!
    Ten servers swing wildly, but there is still lots of idle time
    Cloud compute services allow us to buy only what we need: 66% less!
    The CPU load of two servers is even more variable
    Each server’s CPU load varies throughout the week
  • Cloud Storage Is Different
    Confidential
    13
    We try to plan for storage capacity growth, but there is always lots of wasted space
    We would like to buy just what we need…
    Multiple servers compound the use of storage capacity
    …but disk drives only come in certain sizes and it takes time to provision
    Storage grows continually
    Cloud storage services allow us to buy just what we need and can react instantly to new capacity demands
  • Economics
    TCO is More Than Just $/GB
    What to look at
    Infrastructure costs
    Connectivity/network costs
    Security fees
    Hardware utilization
    System complexity
    System management
  • Cloud Offers Better Access at Lower Cost
    15
    SAN
    NAS
    Cost
    Reduce Cost
    VTL
    Tape
    Increase Accessibility
    Accessibility
    Companies Can Change Their Archive Storage Strategy
    Nirvanix Confidential
  • Enterprise Storage Headaches
    Confidential
    16
  • Protect Data Off-Site
    Data must be protected off-site…
    Local outages and small-scale data losses are frequent
    Regulations and standards call for off-site storage
    IT responded by…
    Shipping backup tapes
    Using storage replication features
    But…
    Is it really secure?
    Can you bear the cost and effort for replication?
    Do backup tape-based solutions even work?
  • Offsite Data Protection ASU/NASA Case Study
    Images transmitted from moon via satellite
    3 copies required (2 local 1 offsite)
    Current offsite tape solution difficult to managed and scale
    Confidential
    18
    Data Receiving Servers
    Expensive
    • labor intensive
    • delivery costs
    Tertiary
    Secondary
    Primary
    Uncertain
    • outdated technology
    • deteriorating media
    Limited
    • inaccessible
    • only used for 1 copy
    Image Processing Servers
  • Integrated Nirvanix SDN via CloudNAS
    Optimized management of tertiary data
    Gained accessibility, security, and integrity
    Confidential
    19
    Data Receiving Servers
    Economical
    • 40% cost reduction
    CloudNAS®
    API
    US - West
    Germany
    Secure
    • monitored transfer
    • easy to verify integrity
    Secondary
    Primary
    Cache
    Encryption
    US - Mid
    Japan
    SSL
    Image Processing Servers
    Functional
    • accessible for reuse
    • can replicate instantly
    US - East
    Offsite Data Protection ASU/NASA Case Study
  • Tiered Storage:Reduce the Cost and Impact of Storage
    Storage capacity just keeps expanding…
    Larger files + More files = Growing volume of data
    IT responded by…
    Consolidating on SAN and NAS
    Tiered storage concepts
    HSM and ILM
    But…
    Storage systems getting more complex and expensive
    Management effort keeps growing
    Cost savings aren’t materializing
    Confidential
    20
  • Tiered disk storage has not yet lived up to its promise
    Small cost and performance differential between FC and SATA disk
    TCO is very close
    SSD gives extreme performance at high cost
    Cloud storage gives massive capacity at low cost
    Tiered Storage
    Performance and Cost
    Capacity
    Fulfilling The Promise of Tiered Storage
    Confidential
    21
    Tiered Storage
    SSD
    FC
    Disk
    SATA
    Cloud
  • Tier NFortune 50 Financial Firm
    Legal requires email archiving system
    Filled up planned on-site storage in one year
    No capital budget, space, or desire for more hardware
    Confidential
    22
    Employees
    Legal Staff
    • Using email system
    • Reviewing for compliance
    • Performing e-discovery
    Inflexible
    • must buy 100 TB at a time
    • can’t be mixed with other apps
    Email Servers
    Email Archive Servers
    Costly
    • storage hardware is expensive
    • data center is full
    Email Storage
    Archive Storage
    Legal Risk
    • email must be preserved
    • e-discovery needs data on-line
  • Tier NFortune 50 Financial Firm
    No changes to user or legal use of systems
    CloudNAS® enables conventional apps to access cloud storage
    Re-enables archiving without capital investment or data center footprint
    Confidential
    23
    Employees
    Legal Staff
    • Using email system
    • Reviewing for compliance
    • Performing e-discovery
    Flexible
    • unlimited capacity
    • scales instantly
    Email Servers
    Cost Effective
    • pay as you grow
    • reuses existing assets
    Email Archive Servers
    Reduced Risk
    • messages are preserved and secure
    • online access to data
    CloudNAS®
    Local Archive Storage
    Email Storage
    US - East
    API
    US - Mid
  • Create a Scalable, Collaborative System
    Companies are going global
    Need to distribute data between sites and organizations
    New applications need programmable storage
    More rich media, massive data volumes
    Conventional systems don’t work
    SAN and NAS don’t work well over wide area networks
    Relational databases don’t scale to huge files, datasets
    Lack of APIs, granular data controls
    Everything is firewalled off anyway!
    Confidential
    24
  • Follow the sun customer support solution
    Built on a database with an insufficient 10 MB file size limits
    Current solution is ad hoc transfer via e-mail or ftp with no persistent storage
    Distributed Content and CollaborationFortune 50 High-Tech Firm
    Confidential
    25
    Customer
    • Log files associated with support ticket
    • Files over 10 MB stored Ad Hoc
    Technical Support Application
    Inefficient
    • affects employee productivity
    • does not scale
    Insecure
    • lacks security controls
    Bangalore
    North Carolina
    Sydney
    Brussels
    California
    Liability
    • impossible to audit
    • no record after ticket closed
    • Files need to be transferred to continue support
    • Sent via e-mail, FTP
  • Distributed Content and CollaborationFortune 50 High-Tech Firm
    Integrated SDN via API
    Global file re-use optimized, persistent storage implemented
    Gained global footprint with no capital investment, increased time to market
    Confidential
    26
    Customer
    • File uploads to nearest node to the customer
    Technical Support Application
    Nirvanix API
    Efficient
    • increased workflow efficiency
    • scales instantly
    Germany
    US - East
    US - West
    Japan
    Secure
    • File transferred to SDN via SSL
    Reduced Risk
    • easy to audit
    • persistent storage
    • low capital and resource commitment
    Bangalore
    North Carolina
    Sydney
    Brussels
    California
    • Policy based file replication ensures high performance across the globe
    • When ticket is closed, files replication scaled down to one location
  • Cloud Storage Can Help
    Key use cases:
    Offsite data protection
    Tiered storage
    Distributed content and collaboration
    Get started:
    Start with cloud proof-of-concept
    Match dataset with security & bandwidth needs
    Select a provider based on TCO
    Perform test & measure outcomes
    Secure multi-year agreements
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    Thank You
    Nirvanix
    We manage your storage,
    so you can manage your business
    www.nirvanix.com
    twitter.com/nirvanix
    Stephen Foskett
    sfoskett@nirvanix.com
    twitter.com/sfoskett
    Enterprise Storage Strategies Blog: bit.ly/ESSBlog