As the expansion of data continues to accelerate, organizations face an ever-increasing need to find affordable, creative solutions to the problem of long-term data retention and protection. Most IT administrators are caught between a rock and a hard place. They are running out of space on their expensive, high performing storage systems, but simply don’t have the budget to increase the size of those systems to accommodate the extreme performance required by today’s business applications, as well as for the economical long-term data preservation.
Behind this problem is an alarming reality: According to Storage Switzerland, roughly 80% of the world’s data typically lives on the wrong tier of storage. This is data that is still considered important enough to keep, but isn’t active, or being actively accessed. The typical IT administrator has neither the time, staff or resources to make a detailed study of their entire dataset to understand what has to stay on that high performing tier and what can be moved off to a Perpetual Tier of storage.
Traditional hierarchical storage management (HSM) systems attempted to address this problem in a myriad of ways, most of which were designed to try to fool a file system or application into thinking a file was still there, when in fact it had been moved to an archive system. Getting files back meant using file stubs (which were easily orphaned), and racing against the clock to beat file system or application timeouts. This approach often just didn’t work. These systems tended to be incredibly complex, proprietary and very costly to maintain. Few ever worked well, and those that did commanded a price that made IT administrators question whether the added complexity was worth the effort.
Spectra Logic’s expertise in cost-effective data preservation, alongside the evolution of the modern data center, made us uniquely qualified to address this age-old problem in a fresh way. Introducing Spectra StorCycle, Spectra’s new standalone storage lifecycle management software.