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Rethinking Enterprise File Services

In recent years, I have written several times about files and objects, and about the benefits of having a file frontend associated with an object store at the backend.

 TCO of storage

Buying and managing storage over time is complicated. It’s not only about the purchasing process, which involves technology and product evaluation, or the initial deployment, but it is what comes after that is really painful.

Day-to-day management, expansions, security, backup, disaster recovery, and so on; these factors all contribute to the TCO of the solution. Some of these costs are unpredictable, and arise months, or even years, after you’ve set up your storage infrastructure. Your organization changes and you have to react swiftly, but the technology that you have chosen was not designed to meet your new, unexpected needs. And now, with the cloud and mobile devices everywhere, users expect to access data at any time, and from any device, no matter where they are, and they take security for granted.

It’s no longer enough to stick with traditional solutions, such as NAS. Protocols like SMB or NFS were not designed to cope with the internet, dispersed users, and inconsistent latency or bandwidth. At the same time, it is important to give end users tools that grant a flawless user experience and that can comply with your organization’s policies.

But end user experience is only the tip of the iceberg; most organizations are now highly distributed, and deploying small infrastructures remotely is too expensive for today’s standards.

Cloud storage (for everyone)

The cloud is a solution, and object storage is its backbone.

By centralizing all data in an object store and accessing it remotely, it is possible to control it easily while giving better service to users, no matter where they are or which device they use.

Data consolidation makes it possible to save on hardware acquisitions, and simplifies capacity planning. At the same time, most of the backup and DR processes are simplified or become unnecessary, thanks to how data is organized and managed in the object store.

One of the advantages of OpenIO SDS is that you can deploy it on private infrastructures and on public clouds without lock-ins, in a multi-cloud fashion, while keeping cost predictable and under control.

And if OpenIO is the backbone, Storage Made Easy could be considered the arms and legs. SME File Fabric provides advanced file and security services, mobile apps, and all the collaboration features you’d expect from a modern file service in 2017.


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