7 Ways the Hitachi Content Platform Delivers the Benefits of Object Storage

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
December 21, 2016

The growth of big data has exposed the bottlenecks and failures of traditional storage methods, especially with regards to unstructured data. Traditional RAID storage schemes are based on parity, and if more than two drives fail simultaneously, data becomes unrecoverable. RAID is suitable for most storage requirements, but with the burden that big data places on storage needs, this failure scenario starts to become more likely.

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Object storage is one way to overcome the bottlenecks and failure possibilities that big data exposes with RAID, especially when it comes to unstructured data. Using object storage, each item stored is assigned a unique identifier. Unlike hierarchically stored data, object storage enables the number of stored items to grow beyond the limits of traditional storage systems, while still maintaining the integrity and consistency of the data.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), one of our storage partners, has introduced new enhancements that extend the flexibility, security, and breadth of its object storage solution and that also help deliver the economies of a public cloud computing platform with the benefits of a private cloud.

In fact, Hitachi’s Content Platform (HCP) was recently recognized by IDC as a leader in the MarketScape Report for Object Storage. A few of the features and achievements that IDC recognized include:

  1. A successful track record for over 10 years. In particular, IDC recognized the flexibility to build configurations based on either software-only or hardware-based access nodes, storage types, and public cloud services.
  2. Hardware and software enhancements. HCP addresses economically-priced, highly-scalable storage up to 497PB in a single cluster, thin provisioning based storage efficiencies, Active Directory-based data accessibility, flash storage support, and cloud storage flexibility.
  3. Visibility and control of digital assets in private, hybrid or public cloud configurations. HCP offers this with the data protection needed across diverse data centers and customer sites.
  4. Deployment flexibility. This spans software only, appliances, and managed services as well as the support for a variety of primary storage technologies.
  5. Enhanced workforce productivity. HCP provides this through performant collaboration, site and data availability, and geo-distribution of data services.
  6. A singular platform for backup and archival, data mobility, cloud and big data storage. This includes support for traditional and cloud protocols like NFS, SMB/CIFS, HTTP/REST, Amazon S3, and OpenStack Swift.
  7. Compliance with stringent regulatory and governance standards. This is based on immutability, auditing, data durability, and a number of data protection features and options.

For more detail on these features and other HCP advantages, check out Tim Desai’s blog at the Hitachi Data Systems Community portal.

The primary reason for the use of object storage is the concept of data protection.  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 aforementioned features, give IT departments the data storage security of a private cloud offering with the convenience of public cloud offerings.

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Photo by Stan Mouser.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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