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Data Dispersal

Talon is all about data consolidation, centralization and collaboration. It targets pain points such as inefficient transfer of documents and areas of potential insecurity such as Dropbox and email. Talon CloudFAST works closely with Microsoft Azure.

The company doesn’t own the data center infrastructure. Someone like Azure, EMC or NetApp provides the backend, and it supplies the software. Talon focuses on the access problem. Typically in the form of a Windows VM, it pools data from remote sites, puts it in one location and locks it. It then provides high-performance global file sharing.


“We do not do replication of everything between the central site and remote offices connected to it,” said Shirish Phatak, CEO of Talon. “Data is only synched when you request them.”

This approach enables Talon to have much smaller caches than other competing solutions. Thus it can scale easily as it doesn’t labor the network with a lot of replication traffic. Once a document is streamed from HQ to the local area, it is available locally, and you can us it like a local doc.

Network Latency

It’s all very well to dump everything into cloud file-sharing systems, but what do you do if the network slows to a crawl. That is one of the cloud storage problems addressed by CTERA. Jeff Denworth, senior vice president of marketing, said it is all about unifying file services across the enterprise. “We secure and accelerate enterprise file sharing and help move people from NAS to the cloud,” said Denworth. “We provide this as a secure platform within your own firewall.”

This platform provides a cloud file system that you deploy where you want. Known as the CTERA Portal, it includes global dedupe, multi-tenancy, cloud orchestration, file versioning, central management, data loss prevention, encryption and authentication. It can be used as disk-to-disk to cloud backup, too, and has disaster recovery (DR) built in. Organizations can choose to deploy software where they are looking for direct access to the cloud or use cloud storage gateway appliances where offices must persist data locally to overcome unpredictable WAN access.

“We can move organizations to a cloud style of data management and collaboration without sacrificing edge performance,” said Denworth. “If the WAN goes down, the data remains there stored locally and it catches up to synch later when network conditions improve.

Denworth added that CTERA gateways have a current threshold of 60 TB per site and that it doesn’t really play in markets with larger single-site requirements. It specializes in distributed environments (hundreds to thousands of locations). That said, a lot of traffic it taken off the network via dedupe.

Clunky Data Movement

One final mention: Agylstor likes to maintain a veil of mystery around its technology, but it has to do with the clunky nature of data movement for large volumes of data. Think about this for a minute: If you want all your data back from the cloud, you can try to relay a PB over the Web. With a 10 Mb/sec line, that would take 30 years. Even a 10 GigE line would take more than a year. That’s why the big phone companies like Verizon can charge a fortune to lease extra capacity and faster fiber connections to move data around. Let’s see what Agylstor comes up with to address this issue.

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