Data provides the essential information that organizations need to make decisions, drive innovation, and grow. In today’s business environment, data growth and security are real concerns. The growth of big data has exposed the bottlenecks and failures of traditional storage methods, especially with unstructured data. Traditional RAID storage schemes are based on parity, and if more than two drives fail simultaneously, data becomes unrecoverable. Object storage addresses these challenges.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), one of our storage partners and a recognized leader by IDC in the object storage space, delivers the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) that extends the flexibility, security, and breadth of object storage while delivering the economies of a public cloud computing platform with the benefits of a private cloud.
HCP delivers a range of data protection must-haves while being a completely back-up free platform, coordinating the protection of data integrity, privacy, and availability.
HCP data protection is built in to the object store for retention, replication, and self-healing. Here’s what Hitachi has to say on data protection essentials that HCP delivers:
- Proven RAID-6 protection
- Erasure coding of commodity storage
- Both RAID and erasure coding
- Automatic technology refresh
- Configurable data redundancy
- Metadata protection levels
- Content validation
- Perfect the replicas
- Object versioning protection
HCP also delivers the data and content security needs that enterprises require with today’s strict regulations, including:
- Data destruction
- Access control and auditing
By design, any object store protects every piece of data placed on it. No other backup or copy of the data needs to occur. This, along with the many features of HCP, give IT departments the data storage security of a private cloud offering with the convenience of public cloud offerings.
In fact, the world’s largest public cloud providers—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud— use object storage as the primary platform in their datacenters. Next to tape, it’s the least expensive storage technology. And since it’s based on REST protocol, it’s also the simplest to manage.
For these reasons, internal IT departments are taking notice and actively adopting object storage technology. Hitachi is well positioned to take advantage of this trend.