Alfons Michels

Secondary Storage Doesn’t Have to Be Costly or Difficult to Manage

It is estimated that approximately 80% of enterprise storage capacity is currently allotted to secondary storage. Secondary storage is typically “mass storage” for use cases such as cold data; data with long retention requirements that is still needed online; online archiving/backups; filer storage; offsite storage (e.g. for disaster recovery, which can also be in the cloud); and private cloud storage (with low cost, onsite capacity). In these use cases, there are very large volumes of data that do not need the level of performance that your business-critical production applications need. However, it is still very important that all of this data is still accessible when needed.

Not only does secondary storage consume a significant part of the enterprise IT budget, it has traditionally been difficult to manage due to fragmented and often inefficient infrastructures.

Two Key Problems to Solve

The two most common challenges users face with secondary storage are cost and management. Leveraging existing storage investments or using comparably cheap storage hardware for this use case has resulted in a variety of different technologies used as secondary storage. On one hand, that has created a fragmented storage infrastructure, often paired with different storage service levels, making the overall management difficult. On the other hand, to harmonize such a diverse storage landscape would result in tremendous new investments. So how can IT overcome these barriers?

Leveraging Software-Defined Storage for Secondary Storage

To address these problems, modern IT departments are leveraging software-defined storage (SDS) technology. Just like virtualization helped solve similar problems in the compute layer, SDS is solving challenges in the storage space.

Software-defined storage helps lower costs for the high storage volumes required in secondary storage while providing central and uniform management of the entire storage architecture. Additional capabilities might include high availability, auto-tiering and thin-provisioning – which help further reduce the need to perform management tasks while ensuring data is always available.

Among the benefits of software-defined storage technology are the ability to future-proof the environment, easy extensibility, simple data migration and uniform storage management. With this solution, users are able to leverage high-end storage features for any disk with a clear separation between high-performance primary storage and cost effective secondary storage – offering cloud-like economics to the market.

Jena Optronik, a pioneer of multispectral space research that is among the market leaders worldwide in the field of position control sensors, uses an SDS-powered secondary storage solution to complement a high-availability infrastructure.

The solution JenaOptronik implemented is optimized for the cost-efficient storage of large amounts of data. As a result, Jena-Optronik fulfills its business requirement for high availability of the current and previous production and development data of its innovative sensors for space research and ensures fast access to project data with a retention period of more than 20 years.

The hardware independence of the DataCore solution is the key to a future-oriented, flexible infrastructure and the extension costs are calculable. We can integrate new storage technologies and be prepared for the next 20 years

According to Reiner Pohl, Head of IT at Jena-Optronik, “The hardware independence of the DataCore solution is the key to a future-oriented, flexible infrastructure and the extension costs are calculable. We can integrate new storage technologies and be prepared for the next 20 years.”

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