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Film Clips, Collages & Award Shows

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:33

The yearly Emmy award show never fails to entertain—with narratives and fashion that range from fabulous to faux pas; clips from each nominated show, actor and actress; heartfelt In Memoriam segments; to film collages showcasing the career of Lifetime Achievement honorees such as the incomparable Betty White; and this year’s actual wedding proposal. It might make you wonder: just how are all of these items are stored? How were they retrieved? And, just how will organizations continue to hang onto burgeoning stores of digital media?

Consider this: the first movies were shot in the late 1800s, and the technology, volume and rate has been accelerating every since. From silent movies to science fiction to romantic comedy to TV and everything in-between, these chunks of our history must be preserved. From old tape reels stored in studio vaults to the proliferation of 4K digital files holding today’s blockbuster movies, the preservation needs in Media & Entertainment (M&E) are extensive. Check out these stories about IQ media and NEP. However, other organizations and verticals also need to store massive amounts of data. Think about how much surveillance video is being stored by law enforcement agencies, such as our hometown, the City of Austin (read the case study). Almost all organizations are media-driven and their missions and their bank accounts will reap tremendous benefits once they manage to end storage silos and keep assets online and searchable.

Marrying the many generations of technology can be a daunting challenge, and with over hundreds of successful installations, we know a bit about that struggle. John Bell, Sr. Consultant, and Eric Dey, Director of Product Management, will speak next Tuesday about  migrating data from SAN, NAS or tape to an object-based storage solution. They will share their insights to help you understand how to move from a limited traditional storage approach to the cost-effective, limitless storage of object storage and answer any questions you might have.

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Technology: Moving Forward While Preserving History

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:42

Technology is often thought of as futuristic—from how we advance society and improve the quality of life to benefiting businesses and meeting regulatory and industry requirements. However, while visiting Iceland and talking to the natives, I was fascinated by the dichotomy of how proficiently Icelanders use technology to maximize the use of their extensive geothermal resources while also using it to document and preserve their unique language, culture and history.

Knowing that they all descend from the same family tree and without the convenience of using traditional family surnames, Icelandic natives (particularly those looking to date) rely heavily on an online genealogy database called Íslendingabók (that is, the Book of Icelanders) to determine how they are related to others. Around the world, we’ve seen families become more and more distributed geographically. Most of us can no longer count on having access to papers and photographs from our grandparents much less talk to elders in our families. Therefore, most of us heavily rely on internet resources (both paid and free sites) when we need to trace our genealogy, locate graves of our ancestors, or preserve cultural artifacts captured on scraps of paper, in photographs and in video and audio recordings. Knowing how much genealogical data is now online and accessible, can you imagine the treasure troves of other types of data that are stuck on tape or not easily accessible by applications—such as that siloed on SAN and NAS devices?

As these stores of information continue to grow, so does the need for cost-effective, long-term data storage. Similar to many other use cases, in the early stages of collecting information, traditional storage (SAN or NAS) may be adequate. You might even be able to get by using tape to archive information if you don’t need it readily accessible. But, short-term, expensive solutions quickly become obsolete when you are looking to build an online, accessible pool of data (aka, an active archive). As these data stores grow and those accumulating data see the benefits of eliminating storage silos and turning their storage into a competitive advantage, more and more are likely to turn to object storage based technologies.

Get behind-the-scenes’ insight into how to migrate data from SAN, NAS or tape to an object-based storage solution in our next Tech Tuesday webinar on September 25. John Bell, Sr. Consultant, and Eric Dey, Director of Product Management, will share their experience from hundreds of successful object storage implementations to help you move from a limited traditional storage approach to the new, cost-effective, limitless storage paradigm of object storage.

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Innovations and Object Storage at IBC2018

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:30

While gearing-up for the IBC show in Amsterdam this month, I took a moment to contemplate what an unprecedented period of change broadcast technology has gone through in recent times.

I’ve been privileged to work in and around the broadcast space for a number of years, and IBC has always been a cornerstone event. It is easy to recall some of the enduring (and not-so enduring) innovations that have been heralded at IBC—the move from tape to file-based storage, widescreen, the rise & fall of DVD, HD, Surround Sound, the birth of OTT & VoD, digital downloads and streaming services, the birth and death of 3D TV, video content over mobile data networks, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning—and in quite recent times, the introduction of IP networking as a replacement for baseband.

IBC has always showcased the rapid advancement and innovation of the entire content chain, from creation to distribution. The rich media supply chain continues to benefit from the introduction of new technologies, many of which were honed and proven in other industries and in varied use cases. Caringo Swarm is a prime example of this. Having proved itself for years with the US Federal Government, leading healthcare organizations, and service providers, Swarm has been tuned to provide a hassle-free, limitless storage platform for long-term retention of content.

Swarm brings the same technology used by leading cloud providers directly into the M&E workflow to solve issues associated with storing and protecting rapidly growing digital assets while keeping them online and accessible—optimising storage and access at every stage of the content lifecycle from production to delivery to long-term preservation. Read the NEP case study to learn how a leading worldwide provider of outsourced solutions to the broadcast and live event industries designed and deployed a scalable, reliable, high-performance Content Distribution Network (CDN) using Caringo Swarm.

On behalf of the Caringo team, I’d like to invite you to visit us at Stand 3.A22. In addition to providing personal demos of Swarm, we will be hosting happy hour in our booth daily September 14–17 from 15:30 to 17:30. If you need a free pass to the IBC expo or want to set up an appointment to speak with one of our object storage experts, contact us.

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All Orgs are Media-Driven; IT Execs, Keep Up with M&E News

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:32

One of the things that surprised me most about the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show when I first started attending is the number of organizations I wouldn’t classify as Media & Entertainment (M&E) stopping by our booth to learn about object storage (Federal, Medical, Defense, Manufacturers, etc.). After more reflection, it dawned on me—my view of the M&E industry was somewhat one-dimensional. Where else do organizations learn about media workflows? This led me to the conclusion that all organizations who deal in the digital world are now media-driven organizations. And if you are not media-driven, you should be.

I define “media-driven” as an organization that utilizes digital audio, images or video in some way to conduct their business either internally or externally. Viewed through this lens, just about every modern organization falls into this categorization. This is the primary reason I propose that those in your organization in charge of storage infrastructure make it a point to keep up to date on M&E trends. And, it is easier than you think. Here are a few recommendations for keeping up with M&E storage trends and news.

Every year, Tom Coughlin from Coughlin Associates generates a report on M&E storage trends and growth (along with hosting a number of regional M&E storage events). He just released his latest report for purchase yesterday. He also wrote up a nice summary on Forbes titled “Media and Entertainment Drivers” and Storage Newsletter published a nice summary. I like how Tom clearly points to trends happening today, such as the continued proliferation of 4K and digitization of analog formats, in addition to trends that may impact your org in 5 to 10 years (e.g., high-end video capture in stereoscopic digital or VR). For instance, Tom states, “By the next decade total video captured for a high-end digital production could be hundreds of petabytes, approaching 1EB.” While you most likely aren’t working on high-end video production today or looking at the need for an exabyte (EB) of storage, I encourage you to take a look at the storage requirements Couglin mentions in his report. After all, decisions you make today may need to support this type of scale in the not-so-distant future.

An excellent source of M&E news is the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) Newsletter. To have it delivered directly to your inbox, subscribe here. MESA does a great job of curating M&E general news along with news from their members. (Disclaimer: Caringo is a MESA member. However, even if we weren’t, I would still subscribe.)

And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few upcoming events where you can learn about some specific Caringo M&E workflows including our upcoming webinar with Pixit Media: High Performance + High Capacity Storage for Every Stage of the Media Workflow.

You can visit Caringo at IBC in Amsterdam Sept 14﹣18 and the NAB New York City  Show Oct 17﹣18. Contact us today if you need a free pass to the expo or if you have questions about how object storage can help you in your media-driven organization.

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Breaking with Tradition: Why Object Storage?

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:19

As organizations of every kind see their traditional storage solutions strain under the explosive growth of unstructured digital assets and rapidly changing access requirements, more and more are looking for alternatives. This has led many to object storage. There are various reasons organizations are making the shift; however, there are 3 concerns driving the need for object storage present in every organization that has deployed our technology:

  1. Data loss
  2. Not being able to get to their data
  3. Not being able to find the data they need when they need it

So why is object storage better at managing and mitigating these concerns when compared to other storage architectures like block and file-based solutions? The short answer is: it’s complicated! There is a time and a place for each technology.

In our next webinar, CEO Tony Barbagallo and I will get back to basics in an educational webinar where we explain what object storage is, how it compares to traditional file and block storage, and when object storage is the right solution for your data center. We will explore the challenges with data that motivate organizations to adopt object storage and discuss how object storage can help your organization.

Back to Basics: What is Object Storage?
Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 10 am PT/1 pm ET

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Evaluating Object Storage

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:47

The concept of “one size fits all” is rarely accurate, and it’s particularly not true when you’re looking for data storage. There are many factors that come into play in selecting the right solution for your use case. For those with small data storage needs, SAN and NAS may be adequate solutions. In just about every industry and use case, however, we’ve seen massive growth in the amount of data that must be stored. The sheer amount of data that needs to be managed is typically associated with multiple regulations and policies for protecting and retaining it, not to mention the need to support a large range of access methods. The resulting intersection of requirements is creating a high demand for object-based storage (OBS) solutions.

Once you’ve determined that you should investigate OBS solutions, how do you know which one is the best fit for your use case and organization? Ben Canter, our VP of Sales, and I will tackle the topic of Evaluating Object Storage Solutions in our August 21 TechTuesday webinar at 11 am PT/ 1 pm ET. We’ll discuss the criteria you should use when evaluating object storage solutions for various use cases and share our knowledge gleaned from the hundreds of successful installations Caringo has managed for over a decade.

Along with considerations such as scalability, ease of data migration (protocol compatibility), data management and protection, it pays to understand each product’s approach when handling the data and metadata.

I hope you will join me and Ben for our TechTuesday webinar on Evaluating Object Storage Solutions. The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A, so you can ask questions that address your specific areas of interest. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We are happy to discuss your specific use case as you architect the future of your data storage.

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Object Storage Hits the Road with JB&A Distribution Tech Tour

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:31

Last year, we welcomed JB&A Distribution into the Caringo Partner family. They are a recognized leader in Media and Entertainment (M&E) Solutions with a unique mix of Distributor and Workflow expertise and an ecosystem of certified, tested and proven products.

As the need for content management, distribution and delivery grows, object storage continues to generate significant interest in M&E workflows. Recently, Nicholas Smith, JB&A Director of Media Technologies, explained how M&E IT Pros can now use Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free Limitless Object Storage to build a private cloud secure in their data center in an episode of JB&A Today.

 

The JB&A Technology Tour kicks off soon, and Caringo will be there at every stop. Attendees will experience hands-on demos of the latest technology, and learn about end-to-end workflow solutions including:

  • Media Management—from capture to storage to distribution
  • Production & Live Broadcast
  • Indoor & Outdoor LED
  • 4K Video Over IP
  • Digital Signage & 4K
  • Big Data for Enterprise clients

The 4-city tour includes:

  • New York, NY, Thursday, August 23
  • Atlanta, GA, Thursday, September 20
  • Los Angeles, CA, Wednesday, November 7
  • Silicon Valley, CA, Tuesday, December 4

This is your chance to find and see the latest, cutting-edge technology as well as ask questions of industry experts who can help solve any workflow issue. Register now.

Want to learn more about object storage for M&E digital video workflows? Watch this on-demand webinar.

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Object Storage for Living in an On-Demand World

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 20:23

I recently took a short vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine with my family. It required us to pile in the SUV and drive a handful of hours north to one of the most beautiful places in the world. During the trip, our 17-year-old son had his head buried in his phone watching a video. He usually seems to go down the Youtube rabbit hole, but based on his body language I figured he was watching a movie.   

Later that night, as we sat around our campfire, I asked what movie he watched and to my surprise he replied, “The Karate Kid, the old one with Daniel Larusso.” After I got past the realization that one of my childhood favorites is considered old (and therefore I’m old), I thought about how his expectations as a consumer are far different than mine. My wife and I proceeded to tell him stories of going down to the local record shop to get a new record or tape to hear the latest Madonna, Beastie Boys, or other favorite bands. I fear if we explained how we made mix tapes back in the day, he would have fallen into the fire.

Fast forward to one week later when I presented to @SMPTEFL on the role of Object Storage in Media & Entertainment (M&E) and I kept thinking about the on-demand world we live in. I read a report from Nielsen about video on-demand (VoD) consumption and I was astounded by the numbers. About 50% of the Gen Zs and Millennials view VoD daily. Even the Silent Generation (65+; over 20% of the survey’s respondents) view daily. With demand for VoD like that, content accessibility is critical to success in the M&E industry.

This is where Caringo can help. Caringo Swarm is perfectly designed to take your valuable content and store it in a highly secure, highly available, cost-efficient storage platform on your own premise. We eliminate the challenges of scale, complexity, and management while modernizing the infrastructure in a true software-defined approach. One example of our success is how we have partnered with NEP to provide their customers with this approach to storing, managing, protecting and accessing video assets. You can read more about it in the NEP case study.

If you organization is looking for ways to move to an on-demand world, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help. If you want to learn more about how to evaluate object storage solutions, join me and John Bell, Senior Consultant, for our next Tech Tuesday webinar. Register now to watch the live BrightTALK broadcast August 21 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET or to be notified when it is available to view, of course, on demand.

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Evaluating Object Storage & Tequila

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:42

Today is National Tequila Day. And, whether you are purchasing data storage for your organization or a bottle of tequila, how you evaluate the merits of products tends to be relative to your specific requirements. While purchases like a bottle of tequila require little forethought, the stakes are far higher when it comes to evaluating storage. The list of considerations can be extensive, and one size never fits all. You may ask questions such as:

  • Is this technology currently proven for my use case and vertical?
  • Will it integrate with my existing storage and the applications used in my org?
  • What type of data (structured vs. unstructured) is this storage suitable for?
  • Will this accommodate my current data needs and expand easily for future data growth?
  • Does it provide an appropriate level of data accessibility?
  • Can we afford this solution now and moving forward given our budget?
  • Will we need new skill sets or additional staff hours to manage it?
  • How will it impact existing workflows?
  • Just how safe is data in this storage?
  • Can it meet existing and potentially new regulatory requirements?
  • What type of support services are offered?

Clearly, technology purchases warrant a thorough vetting process. You may need a granular explanation of just how certain features (such as replication and erasure coding) work in one product versus competing products in the marketplace. Or, maybe you want to make certain the technology is field-hardened and the vendor will remain in business long term. Make the wrong decision and you may be finishing that bottle of tequila far faster than you thought.

Our next Tech Tuesday webinar will address how to evaluate object storage solutions. It will be hosted by John Bell, Senior Consultant, and feature Ben Canter, our VP of Sales. John and Ben spend countless hours talking to those evaluating object storage solutions, and John works to architect solutions that fulfill the needs of all types of organizations–from massive government agencies to small companies that need to implement new solutions for storing massive amounts of unstructured data. John and Ben can always be counted on to tell it like it is–often with humorous and colorful commentary to illustrate their points.

Register now to watch the live BrightTALK broadcast August 21 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET or to be notified when it is available to view on demand.

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Now, back to the task of evaluating tequila. Happy National Tequila Day!

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Sync Mac Files with Mobile, PCs, Cloud NAS & Swarm

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:15

We recently certified ChronoSync by Econ Technologies with Caringo Swarm, our hassle-free, limitless object storage software. ChronoSync is a robust file synching application for macOS that can synchronize and backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac. This includes Swarm, cloud services, other Macs, NAS/external drives, iPads, iPhones, PCs or anything you can mount as a volume. It can also perform bootable backups to external drives connected to your Mac or remote drives. A quick overview of functionality includes the ability to:

  • Sync: Synchronize files Mac to Mac, Mac to Cloud, Mac to PC, Mac to NAS and, of course, Mac to Swarm
  • Backup: Create copies of files to prevent data loss
  • Recover: Clone your hard drive so you can quickly recover from catastrophe
  • Sync to Cloud: Transfer files to cloud storage so you can access them from anywhere
  • Monitor: Take advantage of logs, email, and push/system notifications to track tasks
  • Schedule: Run tasks as an event occurs or at any time interval

The team at Econ Technologies put together an informative video explaining their recommended 3-2-1 backup strategy (3 copies in 2 different media formats with 1 of those copies offsite). You can learn more about this strategy and view a quick ChronoSync demo by watching this video:

Learn more about ChronoSync here. Integration with Swarm storage is through our S3 API support. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your Caringo rep or visit our contact page for more ways to request information.

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Object Storage in a HPC World

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:50

Although Flash, NAS and SAN may be the current “go-to” solutions for storage in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) world, that storage paradigm has proven to be limited when it comes to dealing with the rapidly growing data sets of the 21st century. As IT Pros search for cost-effective storage that easily scales with their HPC needs, object-based storage solutions are often at the top of their list.

Tuesday, July 17, I’ll be hosting our monthly Tech Tuesday webinar and this month’s topic is focused on Object Storage for HPC. Pat Ray, Caringo Swarm Integration Engineering Lead, will be my featured guest.

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As Pat and I have been developing the webinar, we’ve talked a lot about those pain points and how a “cloud approach” for HPC storage helps to alleviate those issues. This approach introduces valuable benefits to a wide range of public and private organizations including educational and research institutions, laboratories, businesses and others faced with handling relentless data growth. You will find a matrix of pain points and how object storage helps address them in the table below:

Pain PointHow Swarm HelpsBenefits/Results

Pain Point How Swarm Helps Benefits File system limitations (e.g., billions of files, complex directory structures, fixed block sizes etc.) No dependence on file systems (inodes, blocks sizes etc. do not matter)Objects are managed and located based on their characteristics (metadata), not where they live on the file system (directories/paths) Easily scales to billions or more objects in storeData with same or similar characteristics can be easily queried and collated into dynamic collections (saved queries), regardless of where it “lives” in storage Data integrity concerns (multiple backups/copies usually needed) Uses auto-correction to prevent corruption of objectsOffers flexible data protection schemes (Learn more about replication and erasure coding options) Continuous built-in data integrity checking and protection delivers multiple “nines” of data durability while optimizing data footprint Inefficient parallel access and storage silos Global Unified Namespace (replacing hierarchical file systems)Stateless Gateways handle multiple protocol personalities

Lustre HSM tiering via SwarmNFS Simultaneous access via native API, S3, NFS, and HDFSNative HDFS support for big data workflows

Cloud enablement (S3 and Azure compatibility) Lack of multi-tenant access and/or quota support (typically, data pools into single tenant apps and databases) Multi-protocol/Multi-tenant access is already built in (not tacked on)“Fine grained” access control with comprehensive Authentication/Authorization support Enable collaboration throughout your user base with secure multi-tenancyEliminate storage silos and build an active archive for your data Lack of “web-accessible” storage (percolating data to web shares causes overly complex web/app/database tier deployments) Collapse traditional web/app/database/storage layers into a simplified and streamlined RESTful/web access method Easily support multi-protocol access (next-gen applications and workflows) Difficulty operating on data subsets locally (object metadata is trapped in a database/uncoupled from the data) Metadata and data are combined (metadata + data is created/stored as an “object”) Both data and metadata are managed and protected by the storage system over the object’s lifecycle

We will discuss all of these pain points as well as considerations when selecting and deploying an object storage solution for an HPC environment Tuesday. Make sure to reserve your seat for the webcast and live Q&A, or register now and you will be notified when the broadcast recording is available on demand.

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Avoid Storage Fireworks with Swarm 9.6 Object Storage

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:06

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to upgrade to the latest Swarm release? The Caringo team has worked tirelessly over the years to stay ahead of your storage management and data protection/access requirements, and Swarm 9.6 is a great example of how we are continuously innovating and adding new functionality between major release cycles. Enhancements in version 9.6 include: 

  • User Interface (UI) updates — The Swarm UI includes new capabilities around object renaming and version management allowing more precise content control by incorporating the full expressiveness of the native storage API within the UI actions. Additionally, the UI is updated to support the latest release of SwarmNFS.
  • Next-Generation Replication Method — Swarm Storage now supports a new replication method, replication by direct POST. This new replication technology offers better performance and flow management between source and target clusters, so that you can increase the rate (for faster hydration) or lower it (to prevent swamping a smaller target).
  • Platform Command Line Interface (CLI) Expansion — The set of CLI commands for Swarm Platform server has been extensively expanded and simplified to improve system administration.
  • Documentation — The Swarm documentation has been reorganized by audience use case: Deployment, Administration and Development. Additionally, a new Deployment Planning section has been added that includes best-practice guidance and numerous architectural examples for successfully implementing Swarm.

 Swarm version 9.6 is now available for download on Caringo Connect for all customers with a paid support contract. For more detailed information, registered Caringo Connect users can review the Swarm 9.6 Release Notes. If you are evaluating scale-out storage for your organization and would like to speak with one of our object storage experts, please contact us. We would be happy to answer your questions and schedule a custom demo with you.

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Object Storage Solves Data Retention and Access Issues

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:24

As the data deluge continues to escalate, retaining, protecting and accessing data for organizations and businesses becomes more and more of a time-consuming, budget-busting, headache-causing “albatross around the neck.” Unfortunately, this proverbial albatross is not limited to just certain endeavors. It tends to be a horizontal issue that resonates across all vertical market segments.

Caringo Swarm hassle-free, limitless storage was designed to be an “open” way of storing content, accessible via a RESTful interface over HTTP. (See our Swarm Technology overview page.) In 2006, Swarm (originally called CAStor) was ahead of its time. So, when other companies were jumping on the bandwagon, Caringo engineering had field-hardened the product, built a vault of IP, gained expertise with many use cases and developed best practices for integration, deployment and data management. Over the past dozen years, we have helped numerous customers store, organize and access massive amounts of unstructured data.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the vertical market segments where Caringo object storage flourishes, the benefits Swarm provides in these types of use cases, and a link for additional information.

Vertical Swarm Benefits More Info M&E (VoD, Streaming, Active Archive, Digital and Media Asset Management, pre/post-production) Secure content delivery and distribution with hassle-free scalability on any mix of standard hardware, bringing the operational benefits of a secure cloud to your data center. M&E solution page

M&E solution brief HPC (Machine-generated data and multi-protocol storage and research) Provides massively scalable multi-protocol access that supports both traditional and new applications. Rapid search of billions of files with customizable metadata and robust multi-tenancy enables metered and monitored collaboration. Facilitates shared access to large datasets with integrated NoSQL search and programmatic or web-based metadata customization. HPC solution page

Texas Tech case study

July 17 Tech Tuesday webinar: Object Storage for HPC

REGISTER NOW   Enterprise IT (Tier to Public Cloud and Windows Server & NetApp optimization) Eliminates data silos, reduces (and often eliminates) the need for backup and supports the new paradigm of storage while still maximizing investment in existing infrastructure. Enterprise IT solution page

Cloud Storage solution page

TechGenix Review of Filefly Federal, Government & Law (Intelligence & evidence, video surveillance, geospatial data) Ensures that evidence has not been tampered with using compliance features such as WORM, Legal Hold, Integrity Seals and the ability to audit access logs. City of Austin case study

Facilitating Information Governance webinar Healthcare/Medical Integrates with popular PACs, including Acuo and Dejarnette, and protects from accidental medical image deletion via WORM. Disassociates filename or patient-identifiable information (enabling HIPAA compliance). Medical solution page

Solution Briefs:

Would your organization benefit from adding an object storage solution? Contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your specific requirements and help you determine if Swarm object storage is right for you.

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The World Cup of Supercomputing: ISC2018 & Object Storage

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:18

Next week, I have an exciting “first” in my career: I’ll be in Frankfurt representing Caringo at the prestigious International Supercomputing event (ISC). ISC is focused on addressing High-Performance Computing (HPC) technological development and its application in scientific and advanced commercial environments. And of course, all of this is made more exciting for me because England’s World Cup matches are the day before ISC and the day after!

Part of the attraction for me in coming to Caringo was the potential I saw for Caringo Swarm in the verticals I know best: Pro Sports and Media & Entertainment (M&E). Seeing the diversity of the customers that Caringo’s  technology is empowering was a revelation for me: Caringo Swarm has been chosen by federal governments, healthcare organizations, international cloud providers and most intriguing for me—High-Performance Computing (HPC).

I’m probably not alone in having had the preconception that HPC simply needed high-performance storage. When I joined Caringo, I quickly learned from my new colleagues that the massive scale of data in a supercomputing environment needs more than just performance, and that these hyper-scale customers are just as focused as those in other verticals on lowering storage TCO. The value of Swarm to those in HPC includes multi-tenancy and compliance; and secure data access that simplifies workflows is just as highly valued. Download this solution brief for more information.

Caringo has garnered impressive credibility in the HPC arena as our flagship product Swarm  was recently chosen to be an integral technology in powering one of the UK’s prestigious (and hyper-scaled) environmental super-data-clusters.

Of course, Caringo also has existing deployments at national laboratories in the US, higher education research centres around the globe, and many Federal organisations that are responsible for data collection and analysis. As “supercomputing” becomes more prevalent in the commercial space, innovative technologies like Swarm that are capable of handling the scale and throughput of massive data sets while providing advanced methods of accessing and manipulating data are truly coming of age. Recently, Caringo Co-founder & CTO Jonathan Ring opined that object storage was becoming the new tier 1 storage and Adrian “AJ” Herrera, VP of Marketing, explored how object storage now competes with parallel file systems.

I am looking forward to showcasing the Caringo software suite to delegates from the scientific research space as well as industries such as automobile, aerospace and healthcare, as well as the many other verticals where Caringo has growing footprints. We will have a team of System Architects, Technical Sales, reseller and technology partners at ISC. Given the highly technical audience, we will conduct whiteboard architectural sessions and software demonstrations. If you are planning to be at ISC, feel free to email me directly to arrange a time to meet with us to learn what Swarm can do for you.

Although it is not October and we are not in Bavaria, we will still be raising a toast each afternoon at the Caringo Stand (K-413). Our happy hour is co-sponsored by our mates at Boston Limited and it will kick off Monday at 4 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Riding the Object Storage Wave

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:10

I often joke with co-workers that life is never boring at Caringo. This week has been particularly “not boring.” In fact, it has been downright exciting. Yesterday, we announced that our VP of Product Tony Barbagallo will be stepping into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer and that our Co-Founder Jonathan Ring will be returning to his passion and technical roots as our Chief Technical Officer.

While leadership changes sometimes create discord, when you have a proven leader with a track record who is also a known quantity, it is an easy transition to make. While Caringo may be 13 years old, our culture is still a “start-up.” As an organization that has been engineering-led since inception, it is our commitment to leading innovation in the software-defined storage (SDS) space and to providing our customers with best-in-class products and unrivaled support that drives us each and every day.

In an interview this week with Dave Raffo of TechTarget, Tony Barbagallo talked about where we are in the company’s growth and how we stack up to the newcomers in the SDS arena, particularly those focused on object-based technology. He said, “There are a lot of new vendors springing up, because object is becoming more popular and more mainstream, but they’re taking shortcuts. “

While we continue to be agile and respond to customer and market needs, we do so in a strategic and thoughtful manner to ensure we take care of our customer’s and their data. In the 21st century, data is the lifeblood of every successful business and government entity, and retaining it cost-effectively, while ensuring the data is continuously protected and accessible can literally make or break an organization. The right storage infrastructure provides a competitive advantage, and as the data deluge continues, that advantage will continue to become more and more critical. This is driving our strategy of expanding our ecosystem of technology partners and resellers.

Point in case—this week, we announced a technology partnership with Komprise to solve issues caused by the astonishing rate of growth of unstructured data such as documents, videos, photos and audio files with increased quality and resolution by pairing Komprise intelligent data management technology with Caringo Swarm, hassle-free, limitless storage.

We’ve long known that traditional NAS devices are a limiting technology and that, in time, organizations would need to turn to more elegant tools to expand storage capabilities and secure massive amounts of data on premise, eliminating the worry of ransomware and hacks. Komprise and Caringo have made that transition easy so you can reap the many benefits of object-based storage.

Join us June 21 for our webinar “Slash Storage TCO for Rapidly Scaling Data Sets” at 10 AM PT/1PM ET. This educational webinar will feature Glen Olsen, Caringo Product Manager, and Krishna Subramanian, Komprise COO. Register now to watch live or on demand to learn how Komprise and Caringo have partnered to solve today’s most pressing storage issues by pairing Komprise’s intelligent data management technology with Caringo Swarm hassle-free, limitless object storage.

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Hot on HPC: Webinar, ISC2018 and SC18

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 06:00

The official start of summer may be June 21, but the weather in Austin is already sweltering at 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the hot topic at Caringo headquarters is high-performance computing (HPC) as our Product and Engineering teams continue to develop new features for our field-hardened products and the Marketing and Sales teams get ready for ISC2018 in Frankfurt later this month and SC18 in Dallas this November.

In many HPC use cases, data sets are increasing exponentially and the variety of items stored is staggering. From variable file sizes and the need to support collaboration from multiple sites and applications, traditional storage solutions are quickly becoming obsolete as object-based storage solutions replace them or augment their capacity.

To address these challenges, we’ve partnered with Boston Servers | Storage | Solutions Limiteds.  As a leading system integrator, Boston focuses on delivering high-quality, reliable systems using the latest technologies available—and that includes our Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Storage Software.

These solutions are not just casually thrown together. Boston labs meticulously tests and evaluates all the latest HPC technologies to ensure their solutions utilise the most innovative and effective technologies on the market. Boston has chosen to work with Caringo on a number of large projects where they need massively scalable storage software that turns standard server hardware into a limitless pool of data resources that eliminates data silos and delivers continuous protection, multi-tenancy and metering for chargebacks. (Learn more by visiting our HPC Solutions Page on Caringo.com.)

On our next webinar, we will be featuring Konstantinos Mouzakitis, Senior HPC Systems Engineer at Boston, and Caringo Object Storage Solutions Architect Alex Oldfield. Having worked together on a number of implementations, these two seasoned engineers are joining forces in this educational webinar to explain the benefits of using object storage in various HPC use cases. In addition, they will  take your questions live on June 12 at 8 AM PT/11 AM EDT/3 PM GMT/4PM BST. Register now to watch the webinar live or on demand after the event.

Both companies will also be exhibiting at ISC High Performance in Frankfurt June 24–27. ISC is the world’s oldest and Europe’s foremost HPC conference. Caringo will be at Stand K-413 and Boston at Stand C-1232. Our companies will be co-sponsoring happy hour at the Caringo stand June 25 at 4pm and June 26 and 27 at 3 pm. We hope to see you there.

And, make sure you have SC18 on your calendar and meet us in Dallas, Texas! We will be driving our trucks up from Austin, TX to meet you and bringing in object storage experts to help you architect the future of your storage over a nice, cold beer!

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