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Bet Your Archive Infrastructure on HPE Storage Solutions


Many businesses and organizations today face the challenge of storing records and data that must be retained for multiple years in order to reference or re-use in the future, or to follow regulatory compliance rules.

Archive Infrastructure BLOG.jpgAccording to IDC, there are two approaches1 to archiving: Backup as Archive and Active Archiving.

The Backup as Archive approach allows you to use your traditional data protection software to access data, but you need to do a restore operation before you can access that data.

In the Active Archiving approach, you use a purpose-built archive application to access data that is not read-write intensive and does not need to be modified, but may be read from time to time.

While our HPE storage solutions can be applied to both approaches, we'll focus here on active archiving use cases.

The four pillars for HPE storage archive infrastructure solutions

For users seeking the Archive as Archive approach, there is no “one size fits all” solution since archiving requirements vary by customer. Figure 1 shows the use cases for each of our archive infrastructure solutions:

Figure 1. HPE Storage Archive Infrastructure Solutions.

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Use Case #1: Organizations that seek a dedicated archive target and a low-cost and very high-density solution along with moderate requirements for resiliency, availability and scale point, the HPE StoreEasy 1650 Expanded is the ideal solution.

Why? With HPE StoreEasy 1650 Expanded, you have a storage platform that’s great for bulk file secondary storage and is as low-cost, simple and dense as possible. This platform supports up to 28 LFF drives and 224 TB raw capacity, translated into a usable capacity of about 176 TB – all within a single 2U enclosure.

To achieve the same capacity or scalability, other vendors have to add controllers, rack space, enclosures and cables for a great deal more physical complexity, much greater physical footprint and much greater cost than what you would see with StoreEasy 1650 Expanded. Comparison with a similarly configured NetApp FAS2520 showed that StoreEasy 1650 Expanded delivers significantly lower $/GB, 80% better density and because of that better density, 82% fewer external components to worry about.

If you require storage-enforced WORM retention, the iTernity Compliance Archive Software (iCAS) can be installed directly within StoreEasy 1650 Expanded so there is no need for additional infrastructure for this extra WORM retention capability.

Use Case #2: For organizations that are already using HPE 3PAR StoreServ or are considering it for their primary workloads, including messaging or content management, a great approach would be primary workload adjacent data preservation, which extends the use of the primary array by using the File Lock feature that comes with HPE 3PAR File Persona Software for policy-based and ad hoc retention and immutability. This offering is scalable up to half a petabyte, depending on the 3PAR model.

Why? You can now extend the use of 3PAR: it not only serves as the storage for the primary workload, but any desired preservation of data generated through that primary workload can now use lower cost storage media such as Nearline drives for capacity optimization. In this case, the access method that the data preservation applications from vendors such as Commvault and Veritas would use would be file instead of block. What makes this economically attractive is that if you’re looking to purchase a brand new 3PAR as a target for archive, that would be a fairly expensive target, but if you have already invested or are planning to invest in 3PAR for your primary workload, you can add some more capacity and the File Persona license to extend the use of that 3PAR for an even better ROI.

Use Case #3: For organizations that are looking for an Active Archive solution at petabyte scale (i.e. deployments starting at or very quickly reaching a petabyte of data), we recommend the HPE Scalable Object Storage with Scality RING. Absolute minimum scale point for entry is 200 TB and if you’re not approaching 1 PB in pretty quick order, say within a year, we recommend that you look into another solution because you won’t be able to realize the benefits around the true economics of very high durability and availability.

Why? Active archive is a target for data that is being retained for historical, operational or regulatory purposes and content repository is a target for data that is being actively mined or distributed. HPE Scalable Object Storage with Scality RING provides multiple doorways for your applications. One doorway is a set of file interfaces for established applications that have historically used file interfaces such as NFS or SMB protocol. Then there is an object API doorway for new generation applications including some applications for archiving. Finally, there is a doorway for OpenStack environments. Drivers can be used as a repository for VM images, as a repository for access via file or for enacted VMs using OpenStack with either block, file or object interfaces. Regardless of the doorway being deployed, the use case is for active archives and content.

Use Case #4: HPE StoreEver Archive Manager and HPE StoreEver Archive Migrator combine the accessibility of flash with the economics, scalability and long-term retention of tape

HPE StoreEver Archive Manager address the efficiency and risk reduction needs of customers who are looking for a simple way to move static “write once–read rarely/never” data from their 3PAR StoreServ flash storage to an intelligent archive optimized for easy access, low cost and reliable long-term retention.

Organizations that require content repositories with frequent access to static unstructured data and fast “time to first byte” retrieval at petabyte-scale should consider software-defined object storage solutions from HPE such as Apollo with Scality RING.

Why? HPE StoreEver Archive Manager creates an intelligent archive by combining the accessibility of flash with the reliability and low cost of tape. It does this by presenting HPE StoreEver tape libraries as a standard network share or mount point using Windows® or Linux® file‑sharing protocols through a flash buffer front end. Users can easily save, search and retrieve data directly from the HPE StoreEver archive.

StoreEver Archive Manager provides an easily accessible, cost-effective and self-protecting storage tier that helps you balance the widening gap between exploding storage and flat budgets. HPE StoreEver Archive Migrator adds policy-based file management enabling you to move inactive data from your 3PAR StoreServ Flash Array to the Archive Manager tier.

As a result, you benefit from an effective archive workflow that not only enables business growth by making data more accessible for a longer period, but also reduces storage costs.

Decide which one of these four archiving infrastructure uses cases best fits your needs and deploy HPE storage archive solutions to wipe out any concerns for accessing your old data in the future or for regulatory compliance.

Find out more on how you can access more data, longer for less with StoreEver Archive Manager

HPE StoreEver Archive Manager Product Video
HPE StoreEver Archive Manager Solution Brief
HPE StoreEver Archive Manager Technical White Paper

 1 IDC - Archiving: What, Why, How and Leading Best Practices.

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