Off-Prem or On-Prem: Place Your Data Where You Want It

Off-Prem or On-Prem: Place Your Data Where You Want It

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Cloud and object storage are justifiably hot topics these days, as they can potentially save enterprises a lot of money by storing vast amounts of data cost-effectively. We recently blogged about survey results in which many IT pros told us adopting the cloud is a challenge because of how difficult it can be to integrate the cloud into existing infrastructure, as well as the complexity of making changes to applications.

DataSphere is architected to help organizations easily manage data across on-premises object storage, such as NetApp’s StorageGRID Webscale (SGSW) and multiple public clouds. As we head into NetApp Insight in Berlin, let’s take a closer look at how. DataSphere can help you easily lift your enterprise into the cloud.

Keep Data On-Prem When You Need To

Nearly every enterprise has data that must be kept on-premises so it can be quickly accessed again—either due to corporate policy or external regulations, such as GDPR in the EU. For example, financial data must often be kept on-prem in the event of an audit, while heavily regulated industries, such as healthcare, must also often keep data, such as patient records, on-premises. In the case of healthcare, using object storage, such as SGWS, for storing large files such as MRIs and ultrasound images can deliver significant cost savings.

For data that has cooled but needs to be kept on-prem, DataSphere can increase the cost savings ability of object storage. As noted in the NetApp solution brief, DataSphere Intelligent Data Management and StorageGRID Webscale, the combined capabilities of NetApp StorageGRID Webscale and DataSphere deliver a number of powerful benefits:

  • Automate archival according to IT-defined objectives
  • Seamlessly add (SGWS) as a storage tier to your infrastructure
  • Move live data back from SGWS without disrupting application access or requiring applications changes to support object storage
  • Reduce costs with automatic data deduplication and compression of data written to SGWS
  • Optimize performance by restoring on-demand only the files needed, without interrupting the data path
  • Free up FAS storage capacity by moving cold data to StorageGRID Webscale

Right Data, Right Cloud, Right Time

The public cloud eliminates the need for admins to manage object storage, making it optimal for data that can be truly archived. Many enterprises will eventually implement both on-premises object storage and public cloud storage.

DataSphere makes integrating primary storage with object and cloud storage seamless, giving admins the ability to control which data goes where, automatically, according to policy. At a high level, admins can apply DataSphere policies at the share, folder, or file level. Applying different objectives to different shares is an “quick and dirty” way for admins to ensure data under regulation or governed by corporate policy stays on-premises.

By creating more powerful objectives that pattern-match by file type, admins could archive medical scans in on-premises object storage, while pushing patient text data, which have low bandwidth requirements to retrieve, to a public cloud. Similarly, admins might keep past financial data in on-premises object storage until it has aged past audit thresholds—at which point, DataSphere would automatically move it to a public cloud.

DataSphere also supports data movement or copying across multiple clouds, making it easy to comply with corporate policies that require certain data be stored at multiple cloud providers or availability zones.

With DataSphere, enterprises can ensure they are making the most of both off-premises and on-premises object storage, while freeing primary storage for use by active data. DataSphere makes public cloud storage an active archive with the ability to rehydrate data stored on the cloud at the file level, which keeps retrieval costs low if an archived file is needed again.

Want to learn more about how DataSphere can automate data management across primary, on-premises object, and off-premises cloud storage? If you are attending NetApp Insight in Berlin, stop by Stand B4 or connect with us at to schedule a meeting or demo.

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