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Sepaton and Data Management in the Cloud

I always hesitate to write yet another blog on the “cloud” because it is so overdone. Cloud this, cloud that, cloud ad nauseum. But occasionally I will write about it under two circumstances:

Circumstance #1. I’m warning someone about the cloud.
Circumstance #2. Someone has actually done something useful to the cloud.

Luckily Sepaton fits into Circumstance #2. They have extended their useful enterprise-grade storage management suite to managed service providers (MSP) who are offering cloud-based storage services. Theirs is a smart use of cloud-based technologies that I can get behind, because the cloud is here to stay even if I get really tired of the term.

MSPs are jumping into cloud-based storage and services right and left but that does not mean they are doing it well. Sepaton has stepped forward to give these cloud providers the ability to provide secure and optimized storage pools in multi-tenant environments. The Sepaton S2100-ES2 appliance comes with Sepaton’s DeltaScale and ContentAware Analytics as well as some other useful features like DeltaView Manager, DeltaRemote and Sepaton Analytics. Sepaton also operates on a petabyte scale, which enables cloud providers to effectively manage large storage repositories.

One of Sepaton’s most defining features is its approach to multi-node architecture. It maintains a single system image for ease in management but grants each separate storage pool its own set of optimized data protection and management. For example, DeltaScale provides thin provisioning, performance boosting and load balancing on each separate storage pool. Within the pool all nodes are integrated for highly efficient optimization and deduplication.

Sepaton also provides storage tiering within each customer pool. Customer may choose to assign different levels of performance and security to different types of data depending on data priority and lifecycle stage. Pools are highly customizable by disk type, deduplication and replication settings, and backup policies. Sepaton also provides DeltaRemote for better WAN tuning and protection. DeltaRemote includes enhanced checkpointing that automatically restarts replication should a transmission fail. Additional features include Secure Erasure for guaranteed virtual tape cartridge deletion and DeltaView Manager as a central management suite.

They are missing CAS or WORM capabilities, which limits its usefulness as an eDiscovery preservation system. But they are not alone in this among cloud providers, which have generally come late to the eDiscovery table. And there is nothing to stop an eDiscovery provider from using the Sepaton appliance to manage its client storage pools while it applies eDiscovery preservation software. And to its credit, Sepaton has WORM and encryption capabilities in its roadmap. We look forward to its implementation.

Note that the appliance is certainly not limited to cloud MSPs; large enterprise and government agencies will benefit from the appliance. The enterprise can use appliance features such as charge-back by defined user groups, simplified compliance and data auditing, the ability to segment department data by requirements such as retention periods and regulatory compliance. Government agencies may also use the appliance for departmental chargebacks and to better manage security levels.

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  • Premiered: 07/06/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Sepaton Storage Pool

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