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Active Archive

Secure and cost-effective solution for long-term data retention. Easily and instantly accessible from anywhere.
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secondary tier to offload file servers

Secondary Tier to Offload File Servers

secure long-term storage

Secure Long-term Storage

tape cloud alternative

Tape / Cloud Alternative

intuitive content portal

Intuitive Content Portal

massive scalability

Massive Scalability

accessible from anywhere

Accessible from Anywhere

With data growing at an astronomical pace, storing, managing, and protecting it has become a pressing concern. The number of files and their changing relevance overwhelms traditional file servers and NAS devices. Yet much of the space is consumed by files that are seldom used but must be retained for historical and regulatory compliance reasons.

These problems are best addressed with an on-premises active archive storage solution that’s tailored for secure, cost-effective long-term data retention and ready access. While cloud and tape are amongst the available options, they bring along many inherent challenges in terms of cost, security, and performance.

  • Have you outgrown your existing file storage infrastructure?
  • Are you struggling with enabling distributed data access?
  • Is your existing file storage too expensive for data best kept on cheaper secondary storage tier?
  • Is cloud storage overrunning your budget and causing access delays?
  • Is your data locked in a tape archive without easy search and access?
  • Do you have 100s of TBs of files, scaling to PBs in the future?

Store and manage large volumes of data on instantly accessible active archive

Rest Assured Your Archives Will Be On When and How You Need Them

Solve your data storage challenges by using DataCore Swarm, a software-defined object storage solution, that complements your primary file servers with an on-premises active archive. Easily scale your long-term secondary storage tier incrementally from a few hundred terabytes (TBs) to multiple petabytes (PBs) and even exabytes (EBs) without having to restructure file systems or change access patterns. Automatically offload video files, multimedia images, old and inactive data, log files, backups, etc. where they can be readily recalled when needed.

Swarm offers several advantages over other archive tier alternatives such as public cloud storage and tape libraries. Keeping the data on-premises eliminates concerns over data sovereignty and long network latency delays. Costs are predictable every month, eliminating potential billing surprises when cloud storage utilization increases. And unlike tape, which can’t be randomly searched and can be difficult to recover from, files archived on disks onsite can be quickly and reliably retrieved with ease.

  • Keep media content online, searchable, and accessible
  • Reduce costs and optimize shared storage
  • Gain on-demand access and enterprise protection to archives
  • Easily manage thousands of tenants and billions of files across sites
  • Spend less time managing access to media, stream content directly from secondary storage
  • Enable seamless access to files via S3/HTTP, NFS, SMB
  • Scale quickly on any mix of hardware – all within your budget

Active Archive Storage

We chose Swarm because it was the most flexible platform for us and had good per-terabyte licensing. We started with 100 TBs and now have over 1.25 PBs across 200 nodes from different hardware vendors. Swarm is a key component to deliver that high-end quality service that NEP has always aimed for.

Gerbrand de Ridder, Head of R&D and Lead System Architect NEP The Netherlands

We could just plug a new node in and it would boot itself up automatically. There was no prep work. We had no OS installs. We could migrate disk groups between nodes and Swarm would decide if the disk was part of the node or not and move it around to the correct node.

Lakshmi Venkataswamy, CTO and Cofounder iQ Media

Scalability is one of the slickest things about Swarm, one sweet thing they did with the platform is, when you drop a new node in, it builds itself from the ground up. The new node announces itself to the main controller. If you want to add a 72 terabyte or petabyte node you just drop it in.

John Gillam, CTO for Cloud Services British Telecommunications (BT)

A Flexible Archive Solution That Adapts to Your Evolving Needs

Media files (videos, audio recordings, multimedia images, etc.) are a good example of files that quickly age and are seldom accessed after their initial use. A prime candidate for active archiving, they need to be tucked away on lower-cost active archive for retention, future use, and compliance.

Migrating them from file servers to the active archive helps you optimize storage and access at every stage of the digital asset lifecycle – from production to delivery to long-term preservation. With DataCore Swarm object storage, you can retain what you need, ensure media integrity, and keep assets online and accessible for reuse and monetization.

digital video archive

  • Free up space on primary block/file storage by archiving media files to lower-cost object storage
  • Integrate into your video production workflows and media management framework
  • Get easy access to searching and retrieving files from the archive through a web-based content portal (accessible over HTTP/S3)
  • Set role-based access control for users according to your security policies
  • Stream videos from archive without downloading them to a local folder
  • Easily edit and clip footage from large video files from storage and share them with other users

High-Throughput Data Access from Your Active Archive: A Real-World Object Storage Use Case

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Why You Should Choose Swarm as Your Active Archive Storage Solution

Ultimate Scalability to Meet Growing Data Demand

scalability
  • Easily scale from 100s of TBs to multiple PBs of data
  • Scale object storage cluster with any standard x86 server hardware
  • Runs from RAM and makes available market-leading 95% capacity of storage space for your data
  • Scale capacity and throughput in under than 90 seconds after initial deployment

On-Demand Access to Your Archived Files

on demand file access
  • Retrieve data on-demand from always-on active archive
  • Enable data access via S3, HTTP, NFS and SMB protocols
  • Enable distributed access by multiple users from different locations
  • Simplify search and query operations through metadata-driven indexing and classification of data

Maximum Data Protection and Compliance

maximum data protection
  • Ensure data immutability with Legal Hold, WORM integration, and S3 object locking
  • Establish content integrity using Integrity Seals
  • Apply data encryption in flight and at rest
  • Track storage access and activity with audit trails
  • Archive and protect data for as long as needed to meet compliance regulations

Simplified Management and Operation

simplified management
  • A single IT admin can manage thousands of nodes and hundreds of PBs of data easily
  • Optimize hardware footprint by adding higher density, more efficient drives to servers with zero downtime
  • Use any combination of hardware including different server vendors, chassis size, and HDD/SSD type or size

Avoid Downtime and Ensure Operational Continuity

avoid downtime
  • Increase data durability through erasure coding and replication at the cluster or object level
  • Proactively create data copies and store them locally or in a secondary site
  • Leverage automatic failover to recover from disruptions
  • Automatically back up to public cloud (e.g, Wasabi or Amazon Glacier) for DR

Recover Fast from Hardware Failures and Outages

recover fast from failures
  • Leverage an intelligent self-healing mechanism to work together and recover from failures and outages
  • A built-in health processor continually checks for failed hardware, bit rot, replica or erasure coding anomalies, and network problems
  • Avoid data loss from node-level, cluster-level, and site-level failure

Get Started with Swarm, Software-Defined Object Storage