Private, Public, Hybrid Cloud – A Central Way to Manage Everything

Vail provides an object storage ecosystem with both on-premises and cloud components; it can run, in its simplest form, as a software-only VM-based on-premises solution. Vail includes:

  • Any combination of on-premises and cloud storage
    • Online and nearline cloud storage
    • Fast local online flash or disk arrays
    • Deep bulk online disk storage
    • Local nearline tape storage

  • Cloud-based command and control enabling:
    • Unlimited capacity, throughput, object count, user count, site count

  • Single global namespace with temporal and location-based policies
    • Any user, any data, any location

  • Automatic data management
    • Replication, movement, tiering, control, protection, lifecycle management

  • Cloud-based portal with simple access, monitoring, and control
  • Unlimited sharing inside and outside the organization
  • Full integration with cloud-based workflows and cloud services, including analysis and artificial intelligence processing
  • Public, hybrid cloud – a central way to manage everything

There are many ways to extract value from your data. With more public cloud providers delivering overlapping and complementary capabilities, IT consumers want data to be synchronized and available in multiple locations. Vail extends multiple public and private clouds into a single managed structure so that data can be leveraged where it has the most value and at the optimal cost.

Vail is an object storage solution with a standard cloud S3 interface, which means it will work with existing cloud applications for moving data into and out of Vail’s storage. An application that uses cloud or on-premises object storage can be easily redirected to use Vail. After doing so, the customer will experience the benefits of the Vail solution, including higher performance and more control over data, at a lower cost. Vail appliances located at different sites, have access to all the same data buckets and underlying objects as they have had previously. Buckets can be mirrored from one site to another for data availability and performance. This ensures that a request for a data object is always fulfilled from the highest performance copy. Unlike traditional storage systems that perform synchronization across a small number of sites, the Vail solution can support an unlimited number of sites.

Vail’s Seamless Architecture

Vail places data in the right spot, making it accessible and usable everywhere. With Vail, data does not flow into and out of the public cloud unless a cloud bucket is specified in the policy as a storage target. If a Vail policy dictates that copies are to be stored and accessible at two different physical sites, then the data movers in each Vail node transfer data directly between those two sites and not through the public cloud. This prevents excessive egress charges from cloud vendors and removes an additional network hop.

If a policy requires a copy on a cloud bucket, data is always copied directly between nodes and to the cloud bucket. A cloud bucket is never used as a source unless synchronization is enabled and it is the only copy available.

Metadata is always stored and controlled in the cloud

Transactions typically require multiple interactions with the cloud management server, such as metadata access, location recording, loading of the job queue, etc. Data base transactions are however, low-bandwidth, low-cost, and can be fully encrypted. Metadata is also locally cached to maximize performance. Through this architecture, Vail delivers a single management view into all data regardless of its physical location. Data is transferred from site to site, saving on egress fees and cloud storage charges, and transactional, low-capacity metadata is stored and accessed from the public cloud, saving up to 80% over a traditional pure cloud workflow.

Putting the Pieces Together

Without Vail, each site, and each cloud provider, is generally treated like its own entity — with individual storage, compute, and monitoring resources assigned. While some site-to-site replication is generally implemented, most sharing and data moves are manual or automated in specific ways.

Vail provides a new capability to combine all storage and disparate workflows into a single ecosystem with a single global namespace and centralized sharing, monitoring and control. Vail utilizes a combination of storage appliances; object storage software running in virtual environments; a variety of user-selectable storage media including public cloud, disk, flash, and tape; and virtualized block as well as a centralized cloud-based command and control.

The biggest benefit of Vail provides the ability to use cloud services while maintaining and managing the coordination of data across all of the sites within the Vail Sphere. All sites are connected to each other and the cloud, creating a single global namespace accessible from anywhere.

One major benefit of Vail is that data does not flow into and out of the public cloud unless a cloud bucket is specified in the policy as a storage target. If a Vail policy dictates that copies are to be stored and accessible at two different physical sites, then the data movers in each Vail node transfer data directly between those sites and not through the public cloud. This prevents excessive egress charges from cloud vendors and removes an additional network hop.

If a policy requires a copy on a cloud bucket as well, data is always copied directly between nodes and to the cloud bucket. A cloud bucket is never used as a source, unless it is the only copy of data available.

1. Metadata is always stored and controlled in the cloud. Transactions require multiple interactions with the cloud management server including metadata access, location recording, loading of the job queue, etc. Database transactions, however, are low bandwidth, low cost, and can be fully encrypted. Metadata is also locally cached to maximize performance.

2. Through this architecture, Vail delivers a single management view into all data regardless of its physical location. Data is transferred from site to site, saving on egress fees and cloud storage charges. The transactional, low-capacity metadata is stored and accessed from the public cloud, saving up to 80% over a traditional pure cloud workflow.

*Amazon Glacier is a registered trademark of Amazon Technologies, Inc.

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