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Caringo FileFly Data Management Tool Reaches Full Bloom

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:22

Formats and methodologies for storing and distributing information continue to evolve. This means that the tools we use to manage and move data must also grow. When the Farmer’s Almanac originated in 1818, it was printed using a printing press. Fast-forward 200 years, and now it is available online as well as printed (using far more sophisticated technology). Having the trusty Farmer’s Almanac on the Internet, we can easily use Google to discover that “astronomers and calendar manufacturers alike now say that the spring season starts one day earlier, March 20, in all time zones in North America.” (If like me, you thought today was the first day of spring, don’t feel bad.)

The Origin of Caringo FileFly Data Management Tool

FileFly was the first product launch I worked on when I joined the Caringo team in 2015. When it was launched, we referred to it as Caringo FileFly for Swarm—as it plugged into NetApp and Windows file servers so organizations could combine the performance of file servers with the scalability and economy of our Swarm object storage software platform. And, it did this without affecting existing mount points or applications.

Award-Winning FileFly Adds Support for Amazon (AWS), Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud

Let’s fast-forward again. This time, just 3 and a half short years. After winning a TechTarget Search Storage Silver Award in 2017 and being awarded 5 stars by Brien Posey in a TechGenix review, FileFly has bloomed into a full-fledged Secondary Storage Solution that offers multi-cloud support for Amazon (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as well as our Caringo Swarm Object Storage (now field-hardened at version 10).

What’s New in FileFly v3.0?

Like earlier versions, FileFly 3.0 still enables organizations to scale storage to multiple petabytes and trillions of files, optimize filers, and consolidate files across multiple locations. This allows organizations to take full advantage of public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. And, it still has no application changes and provides transparent end-user file access.

With the innovations in FileFly 3.0 (launched in 2018), it is the only solution you need for complete, automated data lifecycle management of all your unstructured data—from creation to preservation. To keep it simple, it remains policy-driven so you select the level of file data movement based on your business requirements. This makes it simple to consolidate data on a single platform, to add a remote disaster recovery (DR) site or to integrate seamless transparent file backup with smart provisioning of primary storage.

FileFly Community Edition

The need for this type of data management tool that provides the ultimate flexibility for moving your data led us to offer the FileFly Community Edition, a full-featured 25 TB license at no cost. We wanted to give organizations an easy way to try FileFly 3.0, with no upfront investment or long-term commitment. (Email us at info@caringo.com for more information on obtaining a FileFly Community Edition license.)

Learn More About FileFly

Register now for our March Tech Tuesday webinar: Using FileFly to Manage Your Data with Azure, Google, Amazon or Swarm. March 26 at 7am PT/10am ET, Senior Consultants John Bell and Tony Lokko will explain how FileFly works and give a live demonstrate. Throughout the presentation, they will take questions so you can learn from their extensive experience in architecting, deploying and managing storage solutions.

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Enabling “On-Demand” in Digital Video Workflows

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:00

30 years ago to the month, CERN computer scientist Tim Berners Lee published a proposal for what would become the Internet. It took another 2 years for the first web page to be published by CERN. After that, things took off. A new platform for mass communication using text and images over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) was created. Fast forward 30 years and the same protocol and platform is being used to deliver video at an astounding rate. This arguably started with YouTube (2005) but didn’t take off until the entire ecosystem of streaming services, in-home streaming players, broadband and mobile devices caught up (around 2010).

We are now all conditioned to expect the delivery of video—regardless of our location—in an “on-demand” fashion. However, a lot of the underlying workflows and enabling applications and infrastructure don’t natively interface with HTTP. So how do you enable HTTP in existing workflows?

HTTP Streamlines On-Demand

Media players aside, the most important part of offering content on demand is the ability to deliver content over HTTP. That’s what Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) enable, often with edge devices that are closer to the point of consumption for faster delivery to a very large audience. You can also deliver content over HTTP with a few layers of technology including a load balancer, web server and network attached storage. Or, you can implement an object storage solution that wraps load balancing, web serving and storage all into one platform.

Most Applications Were Designed for File Systems

Most applications used in the creation and management of content were developed to support file systems and their protocols (NFS and SMB), not HTTP. This makes sense given that file systems and file system protocols are the way we have all edited and collaborated on files for the past few decades. (Learn more about the differences between File Storage vs. Block Storage vs. Object Storage.)

The good news is that a lot of applications are now supporting cloud-based services and their protocols (all based on HTTP), the most popular being Amazon’s S3 protocol. That doesn’t mean that you can stream content directly from these applications. It simply means that you can now output content created from these applications to Amazon S3 or another storage platform that supports the S3 protocol.

Content is Being Reused, Archive Must Adapt

One of the major hurdles content-driven organizations are faced with is the ultimate need to continue to reuse content. Tape is still the primary method of long-term preservation because from a straight $/GB comparison it’s the most economical of all storage mediums. But in our new on-demand world, what organizations are saving in storage costs they are losing in increased business and opportunity costs. Accessing content stored on tape is more complex than you might think as it is usually a manual process that requires significant time and effort. Project files may span multiple tape drives, and even if only a few seconds of content are needed, the entire file needs to be recalled. A solution that is starting to gain traction is using object storage as a tier of storage between the high-performance tier and the archive tier. With object storage, you can also deliver content within your internal network or via a private URL the same way you can deliver content to the public over HTTP.

This is only a high-level view of the challenges faced when enabling on-demand. Every organization’s environment and requirements are different. The good news is that most application developers are integrating S3 support and there are a number of companies that you can call for help (including Caringo!).

If you want to learn more on how to enable on-demand capability in workflows, join Ryan Meek, Principal Solution Architect, and Jose Juan Gonzalez Marcos, Sales Engineer, on our upcoming webinar: How Storage Streamlines Workflows in the Era of VOD/OTT. You will learn how to stream content directly from storage, how to set up multi-site content distribution for collaboration, how to unify file system (NFS) and HTTP (S3) workloads, and the pros and cons of using object storage vs tape.

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How to Migrate to Object Storage from SAN, NAS and Tape Storage

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:00

 

 

With the rise of object-based storage software solutions, you’re likely familiar with the many benefits of integrating this latest technology into your data storage infrastructure.

What are the Benefits of Object Storage?

Of course, different object storage solutions vary in their capabilities and methodology. Frequently, you will see the following benefits with a best-of-breed solution:

  • Improved productivity with data portability between various protocols (S3, SCSP, HTTP and HDFS)
  • Expanded search capabilities using the power of metadata to query & list based on file & object characteristics (watch Using Metadata with Object Storage webinar to learn more)
  • Lowered Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of data storage and distribution at scale (scale up/scale out on commodity infrastructure)
  • Protection for your data (check out this whitepaper to learn more Protecting Data with Object Storage)
What Storage Architectures are Available Today?

As we discussed in our Back To Basics Blog: What is Object Storage?, there are three storage technologies available in the market today:

  1. Object Storage
  2. File Storage
  3. Block Storage

File and block are the most common data storage methodologies and are used by traditional storage technologies such as tape storage, storage area networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS).

How do the Capabilities of SAN, NAS, Object Storage and Tape Differ?

Beyond the technology differences in how SAN, NAS, Object Storage and Tape architectures are designed and function, there are a number of distinguishing capabilities that vary widely. This chart details some of the most critical aspects to consider as you determine how to architect your data storage:

When Should I Use Object Storage Instead of SAN, NAS or Tape?

The chart below illustrates what type of storage is recommended for various use cases. For example, if you are running a highly transactional workload, you will want to use SAN or NAS as your primary (or “tier 1”) storage. However, if you must retain data for legal purposes but do not expect to need to access it again, a cold archive of object storage or tape is appropriate:


How do you Migrate to Object Storage from Traditional Storage?

Even with these benefits and many more, the necessary work to migrate data from traditional storage area networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS) to object storage can seem overwhelming. So, what are the options for migrating to object storage?

  • Direct Integration: This is used for applications that are designed with a RESTful API to use object storage. It’s ideal for proprietary or home-grown applications as they extract the maximum performance and functionality of the object storage solution. This requires on-going development resources and generally uses S3 as the API of choice.
  • Data Manager (archive, backup, asset managers and gateways): This is usually easy to deploy. Considerations include protocol or OS support, namespace, metadata control and, of course, cost.
  • Manual Migration (rsync, cron job, copy & delete): You can use commands to orchestrate manual migration of data and it is typically low cost. This method is ideal when decommissioning old infrastructure and apps. It can also be used as part of a scripted backup process. Considerations include migration validation and error correction.
  • Professional Services: You can always call in a team of professionals for your migration project. While engaging with experts is the most costly, it is also often the most effective. Professional Services are recommended when you need to quickly move away from a proprietary technology.

What Else Should I Consider Before Migrating to Object Storage?

You will always want to think about the individual requirements for your data store, particularly bandwidth, authentication & authorization, as well as the your ongoing costs, management and maintenance.

Ready to Migrate Data to Object Storage?

In our work at Caringo, we’ve helped hundreds of organizations successfully implement object-based storage, busting through storage silos and eliminating what our Director of Product Eric Dey refers to as “the tyranny of file systems.” If you have questions or would like to schedule a custom demo, contact us today.

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Dodgeball, Teamwork and the 5 S’s of Storage

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:35

As I start to create my “to do” list for my annual trip to Las Vegas for the JB&A Pre-NAB Technical Event and the NAB Show, I quickly jotted down, “download movies to ipad.” And, the first movie that I associate with with Vegas is Dodgeball. Sure there are some more well-known titles (Oceans 11, the Hangover, Leaving Las Vegas, etc), but, nothing makes me chuckle like the team from Average Joe’s Gymnasium taking on the jerks from Globo Gym. And, it stills blow my mind that I can access any movie or show whenever and wherever I want.  

Movies & Object Storage

For those not familiar with the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, it is the hilarious story of a group of misfits entering a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain. Quickly, my mind wandered to how the movie reminds me of Swarm, our object-based storage platform. Wait. How does a movie (that should have won an Oscar) compare to storage?

The Origin of Object Storage

My first thought is of one of Patches O’Houlihan (played by Rip Torn) who is one of the early stars of the professional sport. This is similar to Caringo and its role in Object Storage technology. As the pioneer in the space, we developed many of the capabilities that are used by all object storage vendors today. And, like Patches, Caringo is the trusted advisor to customers and resellers who enter into this lesser know “sport.”  (Check out our Tech Tuesday webinar series, where we cover everything from evaluating object storage to when to choose object storage over NAS for digital video workflows.

The Five S’s of Storage

One of Patches key teachings was, “If you are going to learn to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge!” This mantra can easily be changed to represent a proper storage platform for an M&E environment or any type of environment dealing with large amounts of content. If you are going to provide content storage, then you’ve got to have the five s’s of storage: Security, Scalability, Storage Administration, Searchability, and Security. You can learn more how Caringo Swarm can help with the s’s here on our Media & Entertainment Solutions page. In short, Swarm provides a highly secure, easily accessible, scale-out object storage platform that’s makes it easy to manage and protect content.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

As the movie progresses, the team adds another member, their lawyer/former softball player Kate Veatch (played by Christine Taylor). This reminds me of how Caringo has partnered with JB&A Distribution.

The JB&A Team is dedicated to bringing the most innovative and complete solutions to market and is staffed with industry experts. JB&A provides an ecosystem of certified, tested and proven products and workflow solutions that enable resellers to provide complete workflow solutions. Swarm object storage is a critical part of these workflow solutions, as Nicholas Smith, JB&A Director of Media Technology, explains in this episode of JB&A Today. Since Caringo integrates easily with Quantum, CatDV, SNS and a wide number of products that JB&A offers, it was a natural fit.

Visit Us at NAB in Las Vegas

If you are going to the NAB Show, make sure you go a day or two early to visit the JB&A Pre-NAB Technical Eventas it is one of the best places to get hands-on experiences with leading technologies supporting digital video workflows.

And, make sure to stop by our booth (#SL13310) at the NAB Show. Need a pass? Just let us know. Now, I must get back to dodging wrenches as I prepare for my trip to Vegas. I hope to see you there.

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Scalable S3 Storage & Video Streaming Hit Sin City

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 00:00

Media & Entertainment (M&E) professionals from around the globe will descend on Las Vegas for the 96th annual National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB Show) April 8–11. In addition to the M&E industry, the NAB Show is a magnet for IT professionals in diverse verticals such as government, education, and security surveillance who need scalable, S3-compatible storage that enables secure file distribution, access, tape replacement and OTT/VOD (Over The Top/Video on Demand) workflows.

Content Protection & Metadata Search Capabilities at Scale

From our field-hardened Object Storage platform to our innovative tools for tiering and moving data, Caringo has been at the forefront of helping organizations around the world effectively manage and monetize their data since 2005. Just as critical, Swarm provides built-in data protection and powerful metadata capabilities. Learn more about the ease of searching and accessing data in Swarm on our next Tech Tuesday webinar where Solution Architect Ryan Meek will take a deep dive into our world-class metadata features.

Swarm Single Server Storage Device

Over the years, Swarm object-based storage software has been used as a highly scalable platform that can be run on any x86 server hardware. While that is still a popular option, we’ve introduced a simple way for organizations to get started using Swarm by offering it on the Swarm Single Server Appliance.

Swarm Single Server was designed to meet the needs of small- to medium-sized content-driven organizations. This on-prem, S3-accessible, object-based storage device contains all the hardware and software organizations need to keep archived content online, searchable, web-accessible and secure. You can start with only one-quarter of the hardware that a typical object storage deployment requires and then add capacity by just plugging in another appliance.

How Storage Streamlines Workflows in the VOD/OTT Era

Want to learn how storage streamlines workflows in the Video On Demand/Over The Top (VOD/OTT) era? Join Adrian “AJ” Herrera, VP Marketing, and Jose Juan Gonzalez Marcos, Sales Engineer, at 9am PT March 19 for a live webinar.

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Visit us at the NAB Show

Come visit us at the NAB Show to learn more. Need a free pass to the expo? Contact us or use our passcode to register (offer expires March 31).

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Share the Love with FileFly Data Storage Management

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:02

It’s February, spring is here, and love is in the air. So why not share a little of that love with FileFly? FileFly 3.0 is the latest version of our Windows and NetApp archival tool and it can now be used to move data to Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Amazon AWS or Caringo Swarm Object-Based Storage.

Origin of the FileFly Data Management Tool

We launched FileFly in 2016 and released version 2.0 expanding its capabilities in 2017. FileFly won a Silver medal in the TechTarget 2017 Products of the Year Awards: Data Storage Management and was also reviewed and awarded a Gold Star by TechGenix.com.

Seeing how it helped our customers with efficiently moving data, we wanted to expand the capabilities of the tool and broaden how and where it could be used. Thus, the latest chapter of our of our passion for solving users evolving long-term data retention and access needs begins.

The Next Chapter for Windows & NetApp Archiving

FileFly 3.0 opens a new chapter for our Windows and NetApp Archival product. Version 3.0 introduces features that provide increased flexibility so you can better manage and share your data. Licensing is now measured on front-end usable capacity rather than tied to the Swarm license capacity, so you are free to choose alternate storage destinations for datasets or multiple Swarm clusters. Yes, now you can use FileFly to tier your data to the “Big 3” (AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud) as well as to Caringo’s Object Storage solutions.

How Does FileFly Archiving Work?

Using FileFly’s policy-based tiering approach, you can send “warm” data to a Swarm cluster made up of high-performance hardware while the cold archive data that may never be touched can be routed to a slower cluster for long-term retention.

For the first time, you can have FileFly use cloud targets as storage endpoints along with Caringo Swarm. Need something more to love? Now qualified organizations can try FileFly out for FREE with a 25TB Community Edition. Learn more by visiting our FileFly Product Page.

Putting it All Together

You can have your existing FileFly + Swarm cluster running FileFly 3.0, storing some data on-premise and some on a cloud location. Then, you can trial a smaller deployment of 25TB at a branch office using only a cloud destination as a storage target. When you use FileFly with Swarm Software, our data durability and deployment flexibility provide you with a rock-solid solution for archive.

The Power to Choose Your Cloud Provider

Not sure which cloud provider you want to use? You can use the same server to post some data to Amazon, some to Azure and some to Google Cloud. Since the FileFly license is no longer coupled to the Swarm cluster, you can write some of that data back to your main Swarm cluster from the branch office. Sweeter yet, our end users can still work with and manage the files in Windows or NetApp as they always have.

Watch FileFly in Action

FileFly is the solution you need for complete, automated and flexible data lifecycle management of unstructured data—from creation to preservation. Working with both NetApp and Windows filers, FileFly allows you to set policies that guide the level and target of file data movement based on your organization’s requirements.

Join me and John Bell on our March 26 Tech Tuesday webinar at 10am ET/3pm GMT. We will explain FileFly’s capabilities and conclude with a live demo and Q&A session.

Register Now

You can bring your questions to the webinar for our live Q&A, or feel free to send them to us in advance at info@caringo.com.

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Using Metadata with Object Storage

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:00

Having beat the metadata drums for more than a decade, it’s tempting to look back and bask in the greatness of how right we were

—and how right we still are.

However, when we set this course for our object storage product development at Caringo, metadata was thought to be a tangential and unnecessary feature to many in the storage and IT industry.

Let’s just say that the software for this feature didn’t write itself and it took the continuous dedication of our team over a long span of time, but we knew the benefit of it would be invaluable for those implementing our object storage.

What Is Metadata and What Does Metadata Do?

Jason Scott perhaps said it best, “Metadata is a love note to the future.” Metadata is data that describes data. So it doesn’t ‘do’ anything by itself. But it does enable the best decisions in the future. To that end, we guarantee the integrity of the metadata and service requests for the metadata without having to read the object itself. Metadata is then indexed for millisecond access, even with billions of objects. (Watch the Power of Metadata in Object Storage video for more information.)

Why Use Metadata for Object Storage?

Now, the world demands the universal and near instantaneous access to the right set of data for the right requests and the right jobs. This is particularly true when it comes to digital video workflows, as our VP of Marketing Adrian “AJ” Herrera pointed out in a recent blog. With Caringo Swarm Object Storage, we meet that demand through a field-proven, world-class object metadata service delivered on the Elastic stack.

Dynamic Sets of Data on Object Storage

Beyond the retention and search services, we’ve added the power to define and operate on dynamic sets, which we call collections. Think of a smart folder on your email client that can show you all the emails that currently match a set of conditions. Then, add the power to perform actions on sets and you have a force multiplier at scale. (Watch Searchable Metadata & Collections video for more information.)

What About File Access to Data via NFSv4?

As much as we love object-based storage, we know that there are still plenty of cases where the right tool is file access. File level access over the network is provided by SwarmNFS as it serves access to buckets, as well as to collections, providing a dynamic and continuously updating view of the cluster.

Learn More

As data sets have continued to grow from Terabytes to Petabytes and from thousands to billions of files, the benefits that metadata delivers (such as locating the right data quickly and delivering content efficiently to users) have become critical for business success. Join me and John Bell as we dive into our world-class metadata features and usage in our next Tech Tuesday webinar, February 26 at 11am PT/2pm ET.

Save Your Seat

You can bring your questions to the webinar for our live Q&A, or feel free to send them us in advance at info@caringo.com.

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The Changing Face of Object Storage

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 05:00

A lot of things have changed since Caringo was founded in 2005 by Paul Carpentier, Jonathan Ring and Mark Goros (hence the name Caringo). The data storage demands faced by organizations both public and private in every vertical have increased dramatically. And, Object Storage technology has continuously evolved to meet and those challenges and enable those organizations to be prepared for future growth.

History of Object Storage

Paul Carpentier is known as the inventor of content addressable storage (CAS), which was a precursor to object storage. When he sold his company FilePool to EMC in 2001, the FilePool product became Centera. From there, Paul was inspired to develop a more efficient and “open” way to store content and to make it accessible via a RESTful interface over HTTP. When the team at Caringo launched the first product in 2006, they were ahead of the time. But, as the 21st century has progressed, the vision of just how useful Object Storage would become has been realized.

What is Object Storage?

Our CEO Tony Barbagallo published a blog that explains the basics of object-based storage a couple of years ago, and just last year collaborated with VP Marketing Adrian “AJ” Herrera on a webinar that covers this topic. Watch the video.

How has Object Storage Changed?

At Caringo, this is not your father’s Object Storage. We’ve been leading the way in Object Storage technology, and we continue to innovate and bring solutions to the marketplace that push the limits of size, efficiency and speed. Check out our benchmark testing and the use case for the STFC RAL JASMIN super-data-cluster to learn more.

What’s Next for Object Storage?

Object Storage is not going anywhere. Yes, it will continue to evolve and change as the market changes (see what AJ Herrera predicts will be the major influences). Competitors will enter and leave the field as their technology evolves or fails, but one thing is for sure: Caringo is here to stay and we will continue to provide storage for the online, distributed world.

Watch the Swarm 10 webinar to learn more about where we are taking Object Storage as we continue to mature our product and expand the Caringo Object Storage Product Line.

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NAS vs Object 2019: If Not Now, When?

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00

2019 is upon us and the relentless data deluge shows no sign of letting up. The US alone is responsible for 2,657,700 gigabytes of Internet data per minute (according to IFLSCIENCE). A recent article in Forbes promised and delivered some “mind-blowing” facts including:

  • 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day and the pace continues to accelerate
  • Over the last two years, 90% of the data in the world was generated
The NAS vs. Object Storage Debate

For a number of years, industry analysts have been discussing NAS vs. Object (check out this webinar led by Storage Switzerland and their eBook on NAS vs. Object Storage). While the title of these discussions has been presented as if it is a debate and might insinuate that the types of storage are mutually exclusive, most recognize that is unlikely to be the case. For many, the question is no longer “Do I choose NAS or Object Storage?” but “When do I need to add Object Storage?” followed by “How do I tier my data to Object Storage?”

Five Signs You Need to Add Object Storage

There are a number of telltale signs you can use to determine when it is time to add Object Storage into your data strategy. For example:

Three Keys to Smooth Adoption of Object Storage

Once you decide it is time to bring Object Storage into your data storage strategy, how can you make sure it is successful and does not disrupt your business or mission? Transitions can be smooth, or the road can be quite rocky. Here are three recommendations we make to those considering Object Storage:

  • Validate that your use case is a good candidate for object storage. One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at how organizations similar to yours are managing their data. We all know that the right technical solution provides a competitive advantage in many industries, particularly those reliant on content such as Media & Entertainment.
  • Work with a systems integrator, reseller or distributor such as those listed on our Find a Partner page to develop a complete solution.
  • Determine if your existing environment is conducive to the introduction of Object Storage and test to ensure the solution meets your requirements. For an example of this for research and high-performance computing (HPC), read this case study and performance benchmarking whitepaper.

Or you can always contact us. With over 14 years in the industry and hundreds of installations, we have evolved the Caringo Product Line and developed Best Practices to make your transition to limitless Swarm Object Storage hassle-free. Our experts are ready to help.

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Simplify Data Management with the Swarm Content Portal

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:34

By now, you’ve likely heard about Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage: what it is, how it performs, its built-in continuous data protection, and how it’s helped all kinds of folks in a variety of industries. The concept of object storage is quite powerful, both from a user perspective and from an administrative one. We’ve discussed the simplicity of actually running and maintaining our object storage solution (one admin, multiple petabytes…that’s pretty sweet); however, today I’m going to tell you about what Caringo Swarm is like from a user perspective.

After all, a storage solution isn’t really much good if it’s tricky to get your data in or out. It’s perhaps even worse if you can’t find your data once you’ve put it in there. And what about protecting your data and limiting who can do what with it?

Thankfully, with Swarm’s Content Portal, we make all of these tasks easy.

Getting Data In and Out

Putting data into Swarm is as easy as drag-and-drop, and we support tagging your upload with custom metadata however you see fit for easier access in the future. Once your data is safely stored in Swarm, it can be accessed again at any time. And as always, data that you have uploaded via the Content Portal is equally accessible via S3, NFS, or any custom application you have talking to Swarm.

Finding Your Data

Navigating is as simple as clicking through your computer’s native file explorer. And, we take it one step further by supporting Collections. You can think of a Collection as a “smart folder,” similar to a bucket, that presents all of the data matching a set of criteria that you specify. We can even search based on the customized metadata you added on upload (watch The Power of Metadata in Object Storage webinar recording). Metadata allows you to organize your data any way that you like for easy access. Feel free to pat yourself on the back for adding those tags, you’ve earned it!

Guarding Your Data

Furthermore, once a user has logged in, that user can only see the tenants, domains, buckets and content that has been allowed. If you happen to be in charge of a bucket, domain, or tenant, setting up security policies is a snap with our policy wizard. You can even set usage quotas based on storage and bandwidth consumed.

All of this accessibility, searchability, and protection applies to data you’ve written into Swarm via S3, NFS (check out our Tech Tuesday Using NFS with Object Storage webinar recording) or your custom applications. We don’t like silos when it comes to data, and wouldn’t dream of locking your data into them.

Sign up for our next Tech Tuesday webinar on January 22 at 11am PT/2pm ET when John Bell and I will take an in-depth dive into the Swarm Content Portal, provide a live demonstration and answer your questions.

Save My Seat

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Three Object Storage Predictions for 2019

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:00

Last week, we listed the 9 Reasons to Use Object Storage in 2019. In this blog, I discuss some macro-market trends we have noticed in 2018 and predict how that will influence object storage use in 2019.

1. On-demand will be in demand across many user-driven workflows

The rise of streaming services, cloud services, mobile devices and ubiquitous broadband are conditioning employees and customers to expect everything from their entertainment to their office documents to be online and accessible. From an IT perspective, there are a few layers of services that enable on-demand workflows, including storage—more specifically, movement of data to the right storage at the right time (aka tiering); search; tenant and identity management; and content delivery. In 2019, IT professionals  will start to understand that the value of object storage isn’t just scale, it is the merging of many of the services needed to enable on-demand workflows into one solution that includes web-based and API accessible management.

2. Hybrid cloud will come into focus

The cloud is here to stay. The investments the big 3 (Amazon, Microsoft and Google) are making in cloud are astounding. This is leading many enterprises to employ a cloud-first or hybrid-cloud policy in an attempt to simplify IT management, reduce data center costs and benefit from advancements in cloud services. However, not all workflows and datasets moved to the cloud will lead to these results. This year, you will start to see more understanding of what workflows and datasets to run in the cloud and which datasets to keep on prem. You will also see the big 3 push on-prem solutions (like Amazon Outpost).

3. AI, ML, IoT, AR, VR…did I miss anything?

Look at just about any IT 2019 prediction list and you will undoubtedly see one of these acronyms. Behind all of these technologies are gobs of data being generated that need to continue to be accessed and searched. The resulting datasets consist of various file formats and file sizes with differing retention and accessibility requirements. The need here is similar to the end-user driven, on-demand needs discussed in prediction #1, but for automated and machine-based processes. The ability to consolidate distributed datasets under a single namespace and provide API-based, multi-protocol access will be key.

Increasing Velocity and Simplifying Data Movement

Underlying these trends is an increase in velocity. Workflows and processes in general are becoming more efficient and are accessed in a distributed fashion via various devices, and the rate of change is increasing. These emerging trends inspired the Caringo FileFly solution, which gives you complete, automated data lifecycle management of all your unstructured data—from creation to preservation. FileFly simplifies migration of secondary data from traditional NAS to the cloud. And now, you can use it with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as well as with Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage.

Contact us to learn more about how FileFly can help you simplify your data movement, and to find out if you qualify for our free 25 TB FileFly Community Edition. 

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9 Reasons You Need Object Storage in 2019

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:30

Two years ago, we outlined 7 Reasons You Need Object Storage in 2017 from the perspective of how object storage technology functions. In 2018, we examined eight market trends that support the case for using object storage. The functionality and market trends that we discussed in prior years are still relevant.

However, in this past year, we’ve continued to evolve our product line to keep up with the growing demand for affordable, S3-compatible storage solutions.

Why Caringo Object Storage Solutions?

As we usher in the new year, I’d like to share the most compelling and timely reasons driving interest in Caringo’s object storage solutions:

  1. Efficiency. Our CEO Tony Barbagallo posed the question: Can Object Storage Really Replace Parallel File Systems? He spoke to HPC use cases and came up with a resounding “YES” answer, noting that this was absolutely possible with Caringo Swarm. As illustrated in recent testing at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Space supporting the JASMIN project, Swarm out-performed other leading object-based storage solutions, providing simple multi-protocol (S3/NFS) internal/external file sharing and automated tenant management. Visit the STFC Deploys Caringo Swarm in Its Super Data Cluster landing page for more information.
  2. Convenience. Our new Swarm Single Server is an on-prem, S3-accessible storage appliance with built-in content management. It provides all the hardware and software you need to keep archived content online, searchable and web-accessible—secure within your network. Start small with just one server then scale out to match the pace of your organization’s storage needs.
  3. Evolution of Storage Requirements for Video: In our always-on world, video is increasingly responsible for the data deluge—from production workflows to active archives to OTT streaming. With the rate of content creation, delivery, distribution and reuse increasing, there is more need than ever for cost-effective S3 storage. Watch last month’s 5 Tiers of Storage for New Video Production Workflows webinar to learn more.
  4. Ease of Management. Swarm provides transparency into your storage cluster as all management features can now be accessed through the same API. For a demo, watch the recording of our Tech Tuesday Webinar: Using the Swarm Object Storage User Interface.
  5. Freedom for Your IT Staff. Chained to a desk? Not with Caringo. Manage an entire Swarm object storage cluster from any laptop, tablet or mobile device with interactions performed through a series of contextual links. Everything you need to get a real-time status of your cluster can now be in the palm of your hand as you walk through your data center or, better yet, sit in a sports bar with a beer in hand. Learn more by reading this blog.
  6. Bring File Archive Into the Cloud Age. SwarmNFS 2.0 leverages a powerful patent-pending feature in Swarm that allows a client to only send the data of an object that has changed, dynamically reducing the bandwidth requirements and time for a client to update existing objects.
  7. Automated Data Lifecycle Management. Working with both NetApp and Windows filers, Caringo FileFly simplifies the migration of secondary data from NAS to Caringo Swarm, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud. FileFly enables you to consolidate data on a single platform, easily add a remote disaster recovery (DR) site, backup files transparently and seamlessly and provision primary storage.
  8. Integration with Best-of-Breed Technologies & Resellers. Caringo partners with leading technology companies to ensure complete end-to-end scale-out storage solutions in Media & Entertainment, HPC, Enterprise IT, Medical and Cloud Technology. We work with the leading systems integrators, resellers, and distributors to develop complete solutions to your most pressing storage challenges. Learn more by reading our Solution Briefs and reviewing our list of partners.
  9. Professional Services and Support. As the pioneer in object-based storage, Caringo employs the most experienced engineers in the business. From architecting your proof of concept to keeping your organization up and running with our global 24x7x365 support team, our business is helping your business succeed.

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Countdown: 18 Object Storage Hits of 2018 (Part 2)

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:00

In last week’s blog, we started our countdown of the 18 greatest hits of 2018 with a recap of our most popular webinars and blogs. This week, let’s take a look our most popular videos and papers that explore Caringo Swarm Hassle-Free, Limitless Object Storage and the other products in our holistic ecosystem for cost-effectively storing, protecting, managing and delivering data in our on-demand world.

Videos on Object Storage

Speaking of our on-demand world, we continue to see a trend of audiences wanting information delivered via video. These 2 videos were our most viewed in 2018:

Whitepapers, Briefs and eBooks on Object Storage

And, clearly, many of us still prefer to read some of our content. So, our final 4 spots of the 18 are devoted to our papers and briefs that we saw downloaded most often:

What’s Next?

Thanks once again for counting down the hits with us. We are looking forward to kicking off the new year with more educational content on object storage, including our first Tech Tuesday webinar of the year, Using the Swarm Object Storage Content Portal UI, on January 22. John Bell, Sr. Consultant, and Brian Guetzlaff, Engineering Manager, will provide an in-depth look at our content portal user interface and be on hand to answer your questions about object storage.

Save Your Seat for the Swarm UI Webinar

Happy holidays from the entire Caringo team!

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Countdown: 18 Object Storage Hits of 2018 (Part 1)

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 04:43

As 2018 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at our object storage educational content that was most viewed this year.

Top 8 Webinars

This year, we introduced the Tech Tuesday webinar series to provide in-depth education and an opportunity for our viewers to ask questions of our technical staff, the most experienced Object Storage engineers in the industry.

Of those twelve webinars, the favorites were: Some of our older webinars continued to generate interest, in particular: And, as everyone is looking for innovative ways to future-proof their storage infrastructure, these two webinars garnered attention:

 

Top 5 Blogs

In first place, Tony Barbagallo’s Back to Basics: What is Object Storage? continues to be our most popular blog. So popular that he recorded a companion webinar (What is Object Storage video).

Other blog topics that sparked interest?

Next week, we will continue our countdown of our most popular content. Have questions? Contact us to speak with an object storage expert or schedule a custom demo.

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Evolving Storage Requirements for Video Workflows

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:14

I am sure everyone has heard the phrase “tools of the trade.” It refers to the tools needed to do a certain job. For those who work with video workflows, the tools of the trade are quickly evolving. This evolution is being driven by increasing file sizes (4k and 8K) and on-demand use cases (OTT, VOD, etc…). Both the rate of content creation and the rate of content delivery, distribution and reuse is increasing.

After talking to hundreds of professionals in creation and infrastructure at various events, it seems like most understand what needs to be done to increase the rate of content creation. They are adapting to these demands with faster storage and enhancements in existing editing platforms. However, many organizations are struggling with content delivery, distribution and reuse. Often, they are trying to enable new workflows with existing applications and storage infrastructure. This approach is often ineffective and frustrating as the tools of their trade are changing.

Unfortunately, when introducing new workflows and rising to meet the challenges of increasing file sizes and on-demand use cases, one size does not fit all. Your specific project requirements, in-house skill sets and budget will dictate what path is best for you. A complete solution will most likely mean combining multiple applications, multiple tiers of storage and working with multiple service providers. This doesn’t necessarily mean that management of the final solution will be complex. However, in today’s on-demand world you can no longer expect to take the “one-throat-to-choke” approach and still stay ahead of your competition. You need to give yourself the ability to combine best-of-breed solutions.

One of the best ways to do this is through a trusted advisor…often a value-added distributor, solutions provider or reseller. For video production workflows, one of the most experienced organizations we have partnered with is JB&A Distribution. As experts in video and content lifecycle solutions—combining best-of-breed infrastructure and regional reseller integration and support services—they are constantly keeping tabs on how tools of the video workflow trade are evolving.

Nicholas Smith, JB&A Director of Media Technology, will be joining me as the main presenter on our upcoming webinar, 5 Tiers of Storage for New Video Production Workflows. Nick and I will take a deep dive on the evolving requirements for video workflow storage, covering everything from super-fast NVMe for real-time 8K editing to on-prem cloud storage, cold archives and everything in between.

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The 12 Months of Tech Tuesday Object Storage Webinars

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:58

This year, we initiated a series of educational webinars for a highly technical audience—by engineers for engineers. The resulting Tech Tuesday series quickly became a cornerstone of the content on our BrightTALK channel, and something we look forward to every month.

Take a look at the topics we’ve covered this year:

This last TechTuesday webinar of 2018, we bring you Using NFS with Object Storage. Hosted by John Bell, Sr. Consultant, the webinar will feature Michael “Q” Brame, our Quality Engineering Lead. Protocol compatibility has long been a focus for us at Caringo, and Q, who has been with Caringo since 2006, has seen it all.

In 2016, Caringo launched SwarmNFS, the first lightweight file protocol converter to bring the benefits of scale-out object storage to NFSv4, seamlessly integrating files and object storage. Q will demonstrate how SwarmNFS can be used with Swarm, our hassle-free, limitless object storage platform. You can watch live and bring your questions or on demand after the event.

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