Funding and New Features Fuel Growth at Primary Data

Funding and New Features Fuel Growth at Primary Data

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Primary Data is celebrating a one-two punch this week, with the announcement that we’ve raised our second round of funding and also reached general availability (GA) for DataSphere 2.0. Our funding is perfectly timed to accelerate our growth as we deliver new customer-requested features and powerful management capabilities in a release that brings intelligence to data management through machine learning. The longer DataSphere is in use, the more insight it gains into data patterns, and the better it can align your storage resources to the objectives you set for your data and applications.

Figure 1 – DataSphere brings intelligence to data management through machine learning, aligning your storage resources to objectives you set for data and applications.

Let’s take a closer look at key highlights among the new features now shipping in DataSphere 2.0:

Easy to Use Objective Expressions Give Enterprises Deep Data Control

DataSphere 2.0 enables admins to get up and running quickly with predefined data objectives, and now to take much deeper control with objective expressions. Objective expressions enable enterprises to control data mobility and allocation according to built-in file system, user-extended and programmable attributes. Examples of attributes include file size, whether data is live, whether data is a snapshot, or when data reaches a threshold of I/O activity—and these are just a small sample of the possibilities.

Enhanced Data Management Across On-Premises Storage and Clouds

The 2.0 release offers several enhancements that take DataSphere’s cloud integration features to the next level. DataSphere 2.0 accelerates transfer speeds for file archival from on-premises storage to the cloud with parallel access to multiple cloud storage S3 targets (buckets), deduped and compressed. In addition, customers can seamlessly move snapshots to and from the cloud. Storing snapshots in the cloud reduces the costs of on-premises capacity, freeing budget and capacity that might be used to increase snapshot frequency to improve data protection levels.

Expanded Support for Mixed Linux and Windows Environments

Thanks to customer feedback, DataSphere 2.0 release supports SMB 2.1 and 3.1 clients, as well as Active Directory. It also enables shares to be accessed by both Windows and NFS (Linux) clients to ensure consistent security and file permissions handling.

Fast, Seamless Deployment

Adding storage devices to the DataSphere global namespace requires only the assimilation of data’s metadata. This means that customers migrating storage and data into DataSphere can do so without interrupting application’s access to data and without the need to copy data to a new system. This eliminates downtime common to migrations, while cutting “import” times to just minutes.

Increased Resilience Protects Business Continuity

The 2.0 release includes enhanced portal protection. In addition, DataSphere protects your access to data by replicating four copies of metadata.

Ready for Next-Generation Enterprise Connectivity Needs

To meet customer needs for managing data in diverse environments, DataSphere has also expanded its network support to include virtual networks, VLAN support and support for IPv6 and IPv4.

Achieve Unprecedented Insight into Your Data

The 2.0 release introduces a number of new features that enable IT to see and control data across their entire storage ecosystem, including a more intuitive user interface, the ability to create new objectives based on existing ones, and object links throughout the updated UI to facilitate navigation. In addition, a new dashboard provides metadata details about application and stores and enables IT to see data activity in the cloud, down to the file level.

As Primary Data Chief Scientist Steve Wozniak noted: “DataSphere 2.0 makes it simple for enterprises to finally automate how data is managed by using the intelligence that has been sitting right there in your metadata all along.”

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