As with air traffic control and financial systems, fabrics help tie everything together to allow these industries to be able to control, integrate, move, and consistently manage their data across a disparate technological and vendor landscape. This affords us the freedom to safely fly to some of the most far-flung parts of the world, irrespective of country or type of plane – or to use a credit or a bank card to pay for goods in multiple currencies.
Shifting the focus to cloud, I repeatedly hear from business leaders that they want to gain the economic and elasticity benefits of the cloud, but at the same time still want to maintain control of their data. NetApp’s pioneering efforts in bringing the Data Fabric to life addresses these needs and more.
The recent announcement of the AltaVault (formally SteelStore) cloud-integrated storage appliance is an excellent example of how the Data Fabric works in practice - today. With AltaVault, data is ingested into the appliance via the customers’ existing backup or archive application e.g. NetBackup, CommVault Simpana, EMC NetWorker, Veeam, HP Data Protector. The data is then stored in a cache for fast recovery and a copy vaulted to the customers’ cloud provider of choice. Alternatively, AltaVault can send data to an on-premise object-based storage system, such as StorageGRID Webscale, Cleversafe, Atmos, or a system built around OpenStack. Another option is to rent a virtual AltaVault appliance on pay-per-use basis from Amazon Web Services, or Microsoft Azure (to come). Ultimately, the choice depends on what is the best fit for the business from a risk and cost perspective. To get to get first-hand experience for yourself, why not sign-up for a AltaVault 90-day Test Drive today?
The above example illustrates how the user is free to decide which vendors’ backup application they use, whether they buy a physical or virtual appliance, or rent and finally, to choose where the data should end up being stored. Better still, AltaVault can easily be switched to send data to an alternative cloud provider, or even target multiple clouds. The beauty is that whichever route is taken the data can be moved between clouds and accessed at will, wherever it exists across the Data Fabric.
In summary, the Data Fabric is all about giving the user, choice, control and consistent management of their data, as opposed to being tied into a particular vendor, cloud provider, or a set way of working. When you think about it, data is really the only thing in an organization that has lasting value and therefore it needs to be properly protected and freely accessible over many years. An interconnected Data Fabric would therefore, seem to be the best and most obvious way forward to address this…
From the Product, Solutions and Alliances Marketing EMEA team
Also, click the link below to check out this great AltaVault announcement blog, published by my colleague Herbert Bild from the Product, Solutions and Alliances Marketing EMEA team