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Simplify hybrid cloud data management with HPE Apollo 4000 Systems and Scality XDM

Digital transformation is creating new opportunities for innovation in every market segment. It drives new product innovation and services at an unprecedented pace. With this transformation, each organization drives for enhanced customer experience, improved products and services, and optimized business process to stay relevant.

Simplify Hybrid Cloud Data Management-Blog-shutterstock_735816910.jpgData management challenges in hybrid cloud

The way your business uses data is changing. You need to keep an ever-expanding number of archive records for longer periods of time, but you still need to have them easily accessible. The type of data you keep is changing too. Much of it is now video, or voice, or machine generated IoT – all forms of unstructured data. Let’s face it. – There’s just too much to keep it all in your primary storage.  You may even want to use clouds, both private and public, but not if that creates yet more data silos.

As the blending of traditional and cloud services becomes the new reality, you are faced with new opportunities to improve organizational efficiencies. When it comes to leveraging the cloud in specific ways to support cost-effective IT modernization, long-term data retention and disaster recovery represent two of the most frequent uses for cloud storage today. Low-cost, high-capacity object storage in public, private, or hybrid cloud is an ideal storage option for long-term data retention and disaster recovery in the face of explosive data growth, strict retention policies, and pressures to reduce costs.

The challenge with a hybrid cloud setup is that data is distributed across private and public clouds. Increasingly, organizations are not using a single public cloud provider; they are using a combination of multiple public and private providers to meet all of their needs. At the same time, data is growing both in numbers of objects and in total capacity. This is making cloud data management a complex process that most organizations are not equipped to handle. Enter hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud takes the current data silo problem to a whole new level, as data is scattered across the globe. Governance demands on data compounds the data silo challenge.

In the new cloud era, data management becomes a must-have capability for organizations. Users need to meet the immediate capacity and performance demands placed on these datasets.  But they also need to have visibility and control over all unstructured data assets – no matter where they are physically stored.

Building a hybrid data cloud with HPE Apollo 4000 Systems and Scality RING

Private clouds can offer considerable cost savings over public clouds for storing for active or warm unstructured data. Private cloud storage, built from Apollo 4000 Systems and Scality RING Scalable Storage, can scale to Petabytes and more.

Scality XDM – Manage data seamlessly across private and public cloud systems

Extended Data Management (XDM) is a feature set included with RING8 that allows RING customers to connect to public or private cloud, set up policies to direct the files to locations specified, and manage the data throughout its entire lifecycle.

With XDM, you can define policies to automate your data workflow with:

  • One-to-many copies of data to multiple clouds
  • Lifecycle transition, moving data when no longer needed in a particular cloud
  • Lifecycle expiration, to free up space and reduce costs when data is no longer needed
  • Create your custom policy to move data when and where you need more
  • Edge-to-cloud data orchestration

XDM also provides search capabilities across all data stored regardless of the location. XDM provides a global metadata namespace, visibility, and search across multiple Scality RINGs and public clouds. Organizations can replicate and perform multi-cloud replication and lifecycle tiering across a combination of sources and targets. Users can leverage an on-premises Scality RING and then as data ages, they can tier that data to public cloud storage for long-term retention. XDM ingests metadata from RING object stores to maintain an independent namespace of the RING. Using this metadata, it can implement these features with high availability and reliability.

XDM, provides a multi-cloud data management tool that delivers a point-and-click GUI interface to help you locate, search, move, and manage your data across all of your clouds, and from the beginning to the end of your workflow. XDM operates independently of your data archive stores, which means you can add it to your environment with no interruption of service. Data is always moved in native format, which means it is directly available to tools and teams working to process data at each step of your workflow, without having to go back through a gateway for access.

The best part is that XDM functionality is included with RING8 so there is no additional licensing cost to manage RING data in one or multiple RINGs. To extend XDM functionality to public clouds, simply add RING hybrid extension licenses for just the extended amount of data that you have in public clouds.

Managing your data with HPE Apollo 4000 Systems with Scality RING Scalable Storage

HPE Apollo 4000 Systems for Scality RING provides a high‑density platform with efficient rack-scale and cooling for your most demanding high‑performance computing, massive data analytics, and object storage workloads. The HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 Server and HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 System are purpose‑built for large‑scale deployments, with several options to streamline acquisition, deployment, management, and support tasks. They enhance your capacity while reducing your costs by deploying storage‑density optimized HPE Apollo 4200 and HPE 4510 storage systems. The management of the Apollo 4000 Systems is powered by HPE InfoSight, which combines the machine learning and predictive analytics of HPE InfoSight with the health and performance monitoring of Active Health System (AHS) and HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO), to optimize performance and predict and prevent problems. HPE InfoSight simplifies and transforms how infrastructure is managed and supported.

You  can also opt for HPE GreenLake for Scality RING, a pay‑as‑you-grow solution, that lets you scale up capacity instantly to handle growth without the usual long procurement process, and without tying up capital. HPE GreenLake provisions eligible hardware, software, and services to create an on‑premises backup solution. It is consumed like a cloud service by purchasing front-end terabytes. As a result, there is less demand for back-end infrastructures such as storage, management servers, and software.

If you want more details, please contact your local HPE/Scality sales team who will be happy to whiteboard an architecture tailored to your specific requirements.—They can also  help you better understand how the HPE Apollo 4000 Systems with Scality RING Scalable Storage can be an integral part of your Hybrid Cloud infrastructure.

I'm excited about the upcoming months and the things that are in store for our ongoing partnership with Scality. Both organizations have the common goal of enabling customers to optimize business outcomes by leveraging their technologies, on-premises or in the cloud.

Learn more

  1. Manage Data Across Hybrid Clouds
  2. HPE Apollo 4000 Systems with Scality RING Scalable Storage
  3. RING8 Product Page

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