Data Safety – It’s the ONLY issue

 

In my last two posts, I have emphasized key Albireo features. NOT in the Read Path and Flexibility in deployment. These really do set Albireo apart from the early days of deduplication and other similar approaches being discussed today. However, I believe the most important issue with data storage is and always will be – how safe is my data? After all your business depends on your data and you need to be confident data is available and can be accessed even if some of your storage technology fails or becomes obsolete. 
As storage technologies evolve, they take several steps in their evolution from stand alone point solutions to appliances and eventually to integrated or embedded offerings and sometimes onto a chip.  With data optimization we are moving into the integrated/embedded stage of deduplication with Albireo.  There are some very significant differences compared to previous stages as this step occurs and the most prominent is data safety. Why you might ask?  In the early stages, appliances or point software solutions, data is changed or modified as it is processed/stored by the application and/or appliance. In order to read that data, the software or appliance needs to be in the read path to interpret or reconstitute the data.  Most of the time this is easily done, but at a cost. There is a processing overhead associated with this activity.  There is a much larger concern however — the risk associated with it. What happens if the appliance of software fails or becomes obsolete due to acquisition or as a result of business disruption? Can you read your data? Is there a fall back plan? Can you access the data and run some sort of interpreter to get your data back to readable form so you can continue to run your business?  

 Albireo addresses the data safety issue head on. It never changes the data! Unlike a point solution or appliance, Albireo also doesn’t change the data or impact the read/write process (see NOT in the Read Path) because it is an advisory service to the storage stack. Simply said, Albireo analyzes the data, determines if it is duplicate and advises the storage that it is or is not a duplicate. If it is not a duplicate, the storage system does nothing to the data. If it is a duplicate, the storage system can create a pointer to the original data and remove the duplicate releasing storage space and reducing associated costs. The effect is that there will be less storage consumed, less power/cooling needed, less data center footprint and less storage to be bought to meet anticipated data growth.  These impacts drop to your CAPEX and OPEX providing budget relief!   

 How does this impact data safety? Simple, the data is written as it always would be by the storage system in its native. It is never changed or modified nor does it need an interpreter to reconstitute it.  There is no third party dependency! So if the data optimization functionality is disabled, removed, or fails data can still be read. Your data is as safe as it always is and is protected by your storage system!

 Our partners will be deploying it in storage systems later this year and next year. If your storage vendor is not discussion this technology advance with you ask them about it!

  Albireo is a technological step forward. It will impact your business in a very positive way and it will be easier, more efficient, eliminate risk and be less costly as it optimizes the data storage your business runs upon. Isn’t that what progress is all about!

In my last two posts, I have emphasized key Albireo features. NOT in the Read Path and Flexibility in deployment. These really do set Albireo apart from the early days of deduplication and other similar approaches being discussed today. However, I believe the most important issue with data storage is and always will be – how safe is my data? After all your business depends on your data and you need to be confident data is available and can be accessed even if some of your storage technology fails or becomes obsolete. 
As storage technologies evolve, they take several steps in their evolution from stand alone point solutions to appliances and eventually to integrated or embedded offerings and sometimes onto a chip.  With data optimization we are moving into the integrated/embedded stage of deduplication with Albireo.  There are some very significant differences compared to previous stages as this step occurs and the most prominent is data safety. Why you might ask?  In the early stages, appliances or point software solutions, data is changed or modified as it is processed/stored by the application and/or appliance. In order to read that data, the software or appliance needs to be in the read path to interpret or reconstitute the data.  Most of the time this is easily done, but at a cost. There is a processing overhead associated with this activity.  There is a much larger concern however — the risk associated with it. What happens if the appliance of software fails or becomes obsolete due to acquisition or as a result of business disruption? Can you read your data? Is there a fall back plan? Can you access the data and run some sort of interpreter to get your data back to readable form so you can continue to run your business?

Albireo addresses the data safety issue head on. It never changes the data! Unlike a point solution or appliance, Albireo also doesn’t change the data or impact the read/write process (see NOT in the Read Path) because it is an advisory service to the storage stack. Simply said, Albireo analyzes the data, determines if it is duplicate and advises the storage that it is or is not a duplicate. If it is not a duplicate, the storage system does nothing to the data. If it is a duplicate, the storage system can create a pointer to the original data and remove the duplicate releasing storage space and reducing associated costs. The effect is that there will be less storage consumed, less power/cooling needed, less data center footprint and less storage to be bought to meet anticipated data growth.  These impacts drop to your CAPEX and OPEX providing budget relief!

How does this impact data safety? Simple, the data is written as it always would be by the storage system in its native. It is never changed or modified nor does it need an interpreter to reconstitute it.  There is no third party dependency! So if the data optimization functionality is disabled, removed, or fails data can still be read. Your data is as safe as it always is and is protected by your storage system!

Our partners will be deploying it in storage systems later this year and next year. If your storage vendor is not discussion this technology advance with you ask them about it!

Albireo is a technological step forward. It will impact your business in a very positive way and it will be easier, more efficient, eliminate risk and be less costly as it optimizes the data storage your business runs upon. Isn’t that what progress is all about!

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