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Solve 3 Enterprise Storage Problems Today


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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

  1. 1. Solve 3 Enterprise Storage Problems Today<br />Stephen Foskett<br /><br /><br />
  2. 2. Top Storage Issues for IT<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Storage Is Supposed To Be Getting Cheaper!<br />3<br />Disk cost is dropping rapidly<br />$250 buys:<br />1994: 2 GB<br />1999: 20 GB<br />2004: 200 GB<br />2009: 2000 GB<br />But enterprise storage costs keep rising!<br />
  4. 4. Defining Cloud Storage<br />Storage is offered as a service with standard interfaces<br />Billing is usage based<br />Infrastructure is multi-tenant and scalable<br />4<br />SOURCE: McKinsey & Company<br />
  5. 5. Enterprise Cloud Storage: Why Not?<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Security & Reliability<br />No System is Perfect (including yours)<br />What to look for<br />Security audit (by a respected firm or customer)<br />SAS 70 (especially Type 2)<br />Customizable SLA (with remedies)<br />Transparency<br />Encryption (but who holds the keys?)<br />
  7. 7. Encryption for Cloud Storage<br />Where should encryption live?<br />(and who holds the keys?)<br />
  8. 8. Performance<br />Cloud storage is not for all data<br />But it’s for a lot of data!<br />Cloud-appropriate data:<br />File-based, unstructured<br />Non mission-critical<br />Value in keeping it accessible<br />Requirement to be outside the firewall<br />Multi-user, multi-site<br />Rarely written, frequently read<br />
  9. 9. Ingestion<br />Loading initial data can derail even the best cloud use cases<br />Bandwidth is sized to daily requirements<br />Initial data loading often requires an alternate path <br />Can you ship tapes? Disk arrays?<br />Who manages? Who pays?<br />
  10. 10. Implementation<br />APIs Aren’t “Simple” to Integrate<br />What to look for<br />Robust integrated functionality in applications<br />Solutions & integration services<br />Enterprise support<br />Standard storage protocol support<br />
  11. 11. Paths to the Cloud<br />
  12. 12. Physical, Virtual, and Cloud Compute<br />Confidential<br />12<br />Server virtualization allows us to combine workloads, buying 30% less<br />We really only need this much CPU time…<br />…but we have to buy this much on physical servers!<br />Ten servers swing wildly, but there is still lots of idle time<br />Cloud compute services allow us to buy only what we need: 66% less!<br />The CPU load of two servers is even more variable<br />Each server’s CPU load varies throughout the week<br />
  13. 13. Cloud Storage Is Different<br />Confidential<br />13<br />We try to plan for storage capacity growth, but there is always lots of wasted space<br />We would like to buy just what we need…<br />Multiple servers compound the use of storage capacity<br />…but disk drives only come in certain sizes and it takes time to provision<br />Storage grows continually<br />Cloud storage services allow us to buy just what we need and can react instantly to new capacity demands<br />
  14. 14. Economics<br />TCO is More Than Just $/GB<br />What to look at<br />Infrastructure costs<br />Connectivity/network costs<br />Security fees<br />Hardware utilization<br />System complexity<br />System management <br />
  15. 15. Cloud Offers Better Access at Lower Cost<br />15<br />SAN<br />NAS<br />Cost<br />Reduce Cost<br />VTL<br />Tape<br />Increase Accessibility<br />Accessibility<br />Companies Can Change Their Archive Storage Strategy<br />Nirvanix Confidential<br />
  16. 16. Enterprise Storage Headaches<br />Confidential<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Protect Data Off-Site<br />Data must be protected off-site…<br />Local outages and small-scale data losses are frequent<br />Regulations and standards call for off-site storage<br />IT responded by…<br />Shipping backup tapes<br />Using storage replication features<br />But…<br />Is it really secure?<br />Can you bear the cost and effort for replication?<br />Do backup tape-based solutions even work?<br />
  18. 18. Offsite Data Protection ASU/NASA Case Study<br />Images transmitted from moon via satellite<br />3 copies required (2 local 1 offsite)<br />Current offsite tape solution difficult to managed and scale <br />Confidential<br />18<br />Data Receiving Servers<br />Expensive<br /><ul><li> labor intensive
  19. 19. delivery costs</li></ul>Tertiary <br />Secondary<br />Primary<br />Uncertain<br /><ul><li> outdated technology
  20. 20. deteriorating media</li></ul>Limited<br /><ul><li> inaccessible
  21. 21. only used for 1 copy</li></ul>Image Processing Servers<br />
  22. 22. Integrated Nirvanix SDN via CloudNAS<br />Optimized management of tertiary data<br />Gained accessibility, security, and integrity<br />Confidential<br />19<br />Data Receiving Servers<br />Economical<br /><ul><li> 40% cost reduction</li></ul>CloudNAS®<br />API<br />US - West<br />Germany<br />Secure<br /><ul><li> monitored transfer
  23. 23. easy to verify integrity</li></ul>Secondary<br />Primary<br />Cache<br />Encryption<br />US - Mid<br />Japan<br />SSL<br />Image Processing Servers<br />Functional<br /><ul><li> accessible for reuse
  24. 24. can replicate instantly</li></ul>US - East<br />Offsite Data Protection ASU/NASA Case Study<br />
  25. 25. Tiered Storage:Reduce the Cost and Impact of Storage<br />Storage capacity just keeps expanding…<br />Larger files + More files = Growing volume of data<br />IT responded by…<br />Consolidating on SAN and NAS<br />Tiered storage concepts<br />HSM and ILM<br />But…<br />Storage systems getting more complex and expensive<br />Management effort keeps growing<br />Cost savings aren’t materializing<br />Confidential<br />20<br />
  26. 26. Tiered disk storage has not yet lived up to its promise<br />Small cost and performance differential between FC and SATA disk<br />TCO is very close<br />SSD gives extreme performance at high cost<br />Cloud storage gives massive capacity at low cost<br />Tiered Storage<br />Performance and Cost<br />Capacity<br />Fulfilling The Promise of Tiered Storage<br />Confidential<br />21<br />Tiered Storage<br />SSD<br />FC<br />Disk<br />SATA<br />Cloud<br />
  27. 27. Tier NFortune 50 Financial Firm<br />Legal requires email archiving system<br />Filled up planned on-site storage in one year<br />No capital budget, space, or desire for more hardware<br />Confidential<br />22<br />Employees<br />Legal Staff<br /><ul><li> Using email system
  28. 28. Reviewing for compliance
  29. 29. Performing e-discovery</li></ul>Inflexible<br /><ul><li> must buy 100 TB at a time
  30. 30. can’t be mixed with other apps</li></ul>Email Servers<br />Email Archive Servers<br />Costly<br /><ul><li> storage hardware is expensive
  31. 31. data center is full</li></ul>Email Storage<br />Archive Storage<br />Legal Risk<br /><ul><li> email must be preserved
  32. 32. e-discovery needs data on-line</li></li></ul><li>Tier NFortune 50 Financial Firm<br />No changes to user or legal use of systems<br />CloudNAS® enables conventional apps to access cloud storage<br />Re-enables archiving without capital investment or data center footprint<br />Confidential<br />23<br />Employees<br />Legal Staff<br /><ul><li> Using email system
  33. 33. Reviewing for compliance
  34. 34. Performing e-discovery</li></ul>Flexible<br /><ul><li> unlimited capacity
  35. 35. scales instantly</li></ul>Email Servers<br />Cost Effective<br /><ul><li> pay as you grow
  36. 36. reuses existing assets</li></ul>Email Archive Servers<br />Reduced Risk<br /><ul><li> messages are preserved and secure
  37. 37. online access to data</li></ul>CloudNAS®<br />Local Archive Storage<br />Email Storage<br />US - East<br />API<br />US - Mid<br />
  38. 38. Create a Scalable, Collaborative System<br />Companies are going global<br />Need to distribute data between sites and organizations<br />New applications need programmable storage<br />More rich media, massive data volumes<br />Conventional systems don’t work<br />SAN and NAS don’t work well over wide area networks<br />Relational databases don’t scale to huge files, datasets<br />Lack of APIs, granular data controls<br />Everything is firewalled off anyway!<br />Confidential<br />24<br />
  39. 39. Follow the sun customer support solution<br />Built on a database with an insufficient 10 MB file size limits<br />Current solution is ad hoc transfer via e-mail or ftp with no persistent storage<br />Distributed Content and CollaborationFortune 50 High-Tech Firm<br />Confidential<br />25<br />Customer<br /><ul><li> Log files associated with support ticket
  40. 40. Files over 10 MB stored Ad Hoc</li></ul>Technical Support Application<br />Inefficient<br /><ul><li> affects employee productivity
  41. 41. does not scale</li></ul>Insecure<br /><ul><li> lacks security controls</li></ul>Bangalore<br />North Carolina<br />Sydney<br />Brussels<br />California<br />Liability<br /><ul><li> impossible to audit
  42. 42. no record after ticket closed
  43. 43. Files need to be transferred to continue support
  44. 44. Sent via e-mail, FTP</li></li></ul><li>Distributed Content and CollaborationFortune 50 High-Tech Firm<br />Integrated SDN via API<br />Global file re-use optimized, persistent storage implemented<br />Gained global footprint with no capital investment, increased time to market<br />Confidential<br />26<br />Customer<br /><ul><li> File uploads to nearest node to the customer</li></ul>Technical Support Application<br />Nirvanix API<br />Efficient<br /><ul><li> increased workflow efficiency
  45. 45. scales instantly</li></ul>Germany<br />US - East<br />US - West<br />Japan<br />Secure<br /><ul><li> File transferred to SDN via SSL</li></ul>Reduced Risk<br /><ul><li> easy to audit
  46. 46. persistent storage
  47. 47. low capital and resource commitment</li></ul>Bangalore<br />North Carolina<br />Sydney<br />Brussels<br />California<br /><ul><li> Policy based file replication ensures high performance across the globe
  48. 48. When ticket is closed, files replication scaled down to one location</li></li></ul><li>Cloud Storage Can Help<br />Key use cases:<br />Offsite data protection<br />Tiered storage<br />Distributed content and collaboration<br />Get started:<br />Start with cloud proof-of-concept<br />Match dataset with security & bandwidth needs<br />Select a provider based on TCO<br />Perform test & measure outcomes<br />Secure multi-year agreements<br />
  49. 49. 28<br />Thank You<br />Nirvanix<br />We manage your storage, <br />so you can manage your business<br /><br /><br />Stephen Foskett<br /><br /><br />Enterprise Storage Strategies Blog:<br />