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Safeguard and utilize big data more efficiently with OpenStack cloud backup and content repositories


How valuable is your data to your business?

Archiving and backing up data has always been a critical function within the enterprise data center. Backups are needed to restore functionality or information that becomes lost for a variety of reasons, such as systems failure, data corruption or user errors. Archiving is required to retain historical information that is needed to meet regulatory or corporate requirements. Being able to quickly mine archived data for new market or business insights can also be critical for finding new opportunities and remaining competitive. If you are like most organizations, the growing volume and variety of structured and unstructured content is becoming key to powering customer and partner business experiences that drive growth—and you need faster and more cost-efficient ways to make all that growing content accessible and useable in order to deliver the right experiences to the right audiences.


For decades, the combination of dedicated disk and tape storage systems have been fundamental to both archive and backup functions, along with some sort of redundant off-site retention capability in case of a localized disaster that would cause all data to be lost regardless of how it was saved. However, enterprises today need faster access to their archives, backup data and content to keep up with the speed of business.


Release some of the pressure big data storage is putting on IT with efficient cloud storage

While tape storage still has some advantages when it comes to cost, security, and longevity, cloud object storage is offering new ways to think about how enterprises can both backup data and make it more accessible to drive additional value for the business. Cloud storage can leverage the best of what dedicated disk and tape storage offer together. Cloud object storage solutions can deliver very inexpensive storage for both archival and cloud backup requirements as well as content repository needs.  They can also be based on open source technologies like OpenStack® Swift. This ensures you have the flexibility to integrate with existing and new storage innovations to further reduce TCO for storage while continuing to meet future business growth needs. Cloud object storage allows you to add important new cost-effective tiers to your storage strategy with benefits that are ideal for cloud backup and content repository workloads.


One of the benefits of using cloud object storage in a multi-zoned regional solution is the speed at which data can be backed up and retrieved, while getting the redundancy benefits of additional geographic regional copies. The additional regional copies offer the advantages of disaster protection but also offer reduced latency time to information that users in different regions might need to access content quickly. Archived data is object-oriented by its very nature and doesn’t normally change, other than the addition of new data objects—and object-oriented private and public cloud data storage has become extremely inexpensive.


For data mining, object-based cloud storage offers the ability to cost-effectively safeguard huge volumes of both structured and unstructured data quickly for use with new cloud analytics tools now or in the future, in ways that would be unfeasible with just traditional storage solutions due to cost. This can allow an enterprise to react much faster to new trends in the market by having access to a broader set of data that big data analysis engines can use to predict where customer’s future needs and expectations are heading.


You can also implement object cloud storage in a hybrid cloud so that the new storage tiers you implement can meet your security and cost control requirements.  You can leverage public cloud object storage for cloud backup of data at the most cost effective rate, but implement your right mix of private cloud object storage to backup data or provide content repositories that require tighter security or compliance controls. A mix of private cloud data storage for back-up may also help you control costs compared to public cloud alone as private cloud object storage can offer a lower cost option to data with a high transaction rates such as data back-ups and content repositories that are added to frequently.


Organizations are beginning to see the value and results from this type of hybrid cloud storage approach.  Zhejiang University built a hybrid cloud storage solution to grow its library into a world-class archive that could handle the increase in digitalized academic resources and content. Their implementation of HPE Helion OpenStack® allowed them to utilize the scalable storage capabilities of OpenStack technology, giving them the new object cloud data storage model they needed to deliver over 6 million library volumes—and growing—while maintaining reliable performance and keeping costs down.


HPE solutions to protect your enterprise

HPE Helion offers a number of solutions for object storage that are ideal for archive and cloud backup as well as content repository needs. HPE Helion OpenStack delivers a private cloud platform that allows you to create a cost-effective cloud object storage solution that ensures your data is protected, secure, and that content is instantly available to all authorized users. The HPE Helion Content Depot solution encompasses the hardware, software, and services needed for scalable object storage in an affordable, turnkey private cloud. It delivers the massive scalability, ease of management, resiliency, and enterprise-grade security that businesses require from their object storage systems.  It is built with HPE Helion OpenStack, HP’s enterprise-grade distribution of OpenStack software, HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers and HPE FlexFabric switches. As a private cloud solution, HPE Helion Content Depot also gives you the flexibility to be deployed in either your own data centers or as a managed and/or hosted solution in data centers owned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise or its partners. Applications can easily interface with HPE Helion Content Depot via a standard HPE Helion Swift API to store and retrieve content via RESTful protocols.


Recommended Resources:

Take a few minutes to read the white paper on how the HPE Helion Content Depot Reference Architecture provides an integrated, turnkey cloud object storage solution with the massive scalability, ease of management and highly-availability to reduce costs and increase return on investment.  


For more information and resources on how to deliver cost-efficient storage that scales to improve collaboration, data protection and content access, see the Storage in the Cloud use case site.

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Deborah Martin is a cloud enthusiast with over 7 years in creating cloud solutions for multiple industries and business needs. She is part of the HPE Helion team that works to promote and educate on solutions for key business use cases for cloud computing

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