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Streamline Secondary Storage for Unstructured Data with Policy-Driven Data Management

by Christian Smith – January 9, 2018

Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud provides backup and archive for massive unstructured file data. A typical use case is backup and archive of data from primary NAS systems, with optional tiering to public cloud.

The Challenge of Backup for Unstructured File Data

The challenge with backing up unstructured file data is that unstructured data tends to be dark. This means you’re either blindly replicating it or using some backup software that is cataloging the data, and the catalogs have to be segmented to make sure they don’t grow out of control.

As this unstructured data continues to grow, it creates lots of shares and exports in your environment, in turn creating a lot of jobs and attributes that have to be managed.

The Igneous Solution: Policy-Driven Data Management

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At Igneous, we can build a single global consolidated tier that indexes all of the data and makes it available for search to find and retrieve.

It’s why we developed the ability to autodiscover shares and exports, and simply allow administrators to apply pre-built policies such as gold, silver, and bronze to those shares. These pre-built policies are simple and easy to manage, with the ability to control frequency, retention, and optional tiering to a cloud provider.

When you want to restore, we give you the insights into how long it will take and how much it will cost, especially when your data is coming back from public cloud.

In every one of these pre-built policies, you can select WORM (Write Once, Read Many). WORM is intended to protect data from administrative override or API-based deletion. The system enforces the protection of the data. These policies are often used for regulatory compliance or content protection.

For Igneous, it doesn’t just stop at backup and archive. We have a robust portfolio of data management in the hybrid world, which includes data protection, data movement, search and discovery, and learning.

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