NetApp and Windows file server users can have old files bled off to Caringo’s object storage vaults with its Filefly for Swarm product.
This is a “save money” pitch with old, low-access-rate files removed from expensive primary storage, and fed to a lower-cost commodity hardware-based system running the Caringo Swarm software. We’re told by a Caringo spokesperson that there are “no changes to a user's existing environment: no API's, no manual intervention, just a few simple steps and BAM!”
The Swarm store can scale to 100s of petabytes and the reduced file population filers take less time to back-up and don’t have to be upgraded so often.
Caringo supplied a prepared quote from user Martin Kühn, IT Service Manager for the Max Planck Institute: “One of the biggest management headaches we face is that our employees store all of the data they create on expensive primary storage — they never delete any files. With FileFly, we set policies that move data based on user access patterns to more cost-effective storage while still providing instant access to a user's files.” Seems straightforward enough.
Swarm data can be accessed over HTTP, Amazon S3 API, standard storage protocols or through Caringo ISV partner applications. It has search capabilities based on source file name, folder path, MIME type, attachment content disposition, date creation and modification, attributes, owner name and/or source host. Data is protected via AES-256 bit encryption when in flight and at rest.
Caringo CEO and founder Jonathan Ring said, in another prepped quote: “The file and object worlds have collided. File is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but software-defined object storage is the new foundation for the ever-growing pool of accumulating data. FileFly provides the necessary capabilities to truly bridge the file and object worlds.”
Most people will probably agree that file is here to stay for the foreseeable future, and that an object storage platform is a good basis for storing secondary data. File flight can be a good thing. ®