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The Tarmin GridBank Data Management Platform takes a data-centric approach to the storage and management of unstructured data. GridBank leverages enterprise object storage, but is said to go beyond the basic technology components needed for petabyte level scale-out storage by adding data management to meet compliance, data protection and other risk management needs.

Ali said that Tarmin customers tend to be data-intensive industries with rapidly growing unstructured data problems that impact data governance and compliance requirements. These industries are also interested in scale out, storage agnostic solutions that can provide a path to the cloud and the ability to leverage analytics. This includes financial services, healthcare, education, oil & gas, life sciences, as well as cloud and managed service providers.

GridBank supports REST API for data management, as well as S3, CDMI and OpenStack compatible APIs for cloud provisioning and integration with existing applications. Data can also be accessed using standard network protocols such as SMB (CIFS), NFS, as well as web access using HTTPS and FTP.

“Tarmin GridBank goes beyond the basic technology components found in many common object storage products to create a single integrated data--centric management architecture,” said Ali. “GridBank provides direct integration into Exchange, SharePoint and many social media applications, removing another layer of complexity for organizations considering the adoption of a solution that includes object storage.”

Cleversafe dsNet

Cleversafe's flagship product is Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet), which slices and disperses unstructured data across multiple nodes or geographical regions using its Information Dispersal Algorithms. The dsNet platform can be deployed as a hardware appliance sold by Cleversafe, on qualified third party hardware or as virtual appliances on a VM-based infrastructure.

dsNet is made up of three components: dsNet Manager, Accesser and Slicestor. The dsNet Manager manages the operation and maintenance for the object repository, whereas Slicestors are the storage nodes that store slices of object data. Accessers provide a REST interface to applications and have the intelligence to virtualize, transform, encrypt and slice data on writes and reverse the process on reads.

“Cleversafe has installed hundreds of petabytes across dozens of large enterprises,” said Russ Kennedy, SVP of Product Strategy and Customer Solutions at Cleversafe.

One customer is Shutterfly, the market leader in digital, personalized photo products, Shutterfly preserves millions of digital photos. Using Cleversafe technology, said Kennedy, Shutterfly cut capital expenditure costs by 66 percent in the first year of implementation, scaled to five times the amount of data without increasing head count, and consumed 30 percent less power.

“Cleversafe’s dsNet object-based storage allows IT organizations to reliably store and manage big data in a smaller footprint,” said Kennedy.

Plenty of Options

Of course, this is only a small slice of available options. Don’t forget about the likes of EMC Centera, NetApp StorageGrid, HDS HCP and Caringo, among others. With so many vendors involved and jockeying for market supremacy, look for plenty of innovation in this field in the years ahead.

“Object storage will continue to evolve similar to how file/NAS accessed storage continues to evolve and get adopted,” said Schulz.

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