What is old is new again and perhaps nowhere does that adage hold more true than with Nexsan. Having once been a standalone company before being acquired by Imation a few years ago, Nexsan is now back as a storage company with Imation operating in the background as a holding company. In this first installment in my interview series with him, Nexsan CEO Robert Fernander provides some details on the “new” Nexsan as well as provides an overview as to what products new and old that organizations can now expect to find as part of its product portfolio.
Organizations rarely get excited about the prospect of archiving their data to either meet a legislated data retention requirement or satisfy some compliance mandate. Yet as organizations archive their data, new opportunities emerge to lower their storage costs as well as derive more value from their archived data. Using the Nexsan Assureon v7 platform, organizations can capitalize on their archival data stores by driving down storage costs even as they position themselves to glean more value from their archived data stores
Using a network attached disk storage appliance as a backup target is more appealing than ever to small and midsized businesses (SMBs). These appliances are economical. They are easy to buy and deploy. They have high storage capacities. They are available everywhere.
Flash memory is fundamentally changing the metrics around how performance on storage arrays is measured with IOPs reaching into the tens or hundreds of thousands – even over a million in some tests. Despite these results, many organizations remain reticent to use solid state drives (SSDs) because of persistent questions about their reliability, especially around eMLC drives. These concerns are largely put to rest as the inclusion of eMLC drives in the new Nexsan NST5000 unified hybrid storage array gives these drives the storage industry’s equivalent of a seal of approval.
Optical media’s 100 year life span earns it top marks among all media from a longevity perspective. But as optical media’s cost per GB soars and manufacturing ranks thin, its future looks dismal at best. In its place, removable disk technology (RDX) makes a strong case for small and midsized businesses (SMB) to use it in lieu of optical.
The introduction of disk as a backup target has finally resulted in what many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have wanted for years: a good copy of their backup data. Yet having a good copy of backup data on disk does not automatically mean they have put in place a good backup process. The good news is that creating a good backup process is as simple as “3 – 2 – 1.”
Most organizations already have more than enough on their plates in terms of simply trying to meet the day-to-day demands of their business. So the last thing many have time to deal with is the complex mix of both pre-existing and emerging regulations that govern how they access, maintain, retain and secure their records. Yet respond to these demands they must. Doing so begins by following four tips so they may address these concerns in an economical, efficient and effective fashion.
Large organizations are putting new demands on their IT departments to deliver IT infrastructures that are more agile, make data protection a snap and facilitate the adoption of private and/or public clouds. However many small and midsized businesses (SMBs) still feel like they are on the outside looking in when it comes to achieving these objectives. Changing that requires they identify a technology that enables them to accomplish these objectives that neither breaks their budgets nor overwhelms their IT staff.
Large or small, healthcare organizations recognize that the sooner they adopt and implement electronic medical records in their environment, the sooner they will realize its process efficiencies plus accelerate their ability to comply with a number of HIPAA regulations. However small and midsize healthcare organizations in particular first need to find room in their budget to pay for a back end storage solution before there is any chance electronic medical records becomes a reality for them. The Imation InfiniVault™ addresses their concerns as it provides them with a cost-effective solution for the long-term retention of their healthcare data while serving to simplify retention management and automating compliance, data protection and disaster recovery.
Imation tape media has protected the data of enterprises for decades. Now Imation is applying its enterprise data protection expertise to the SMB marketplace through its aptly named DataGuard line of purpose-built backup appliances available in both rack-mount and desktop packages.
Everyone talks about how Big Data is changing how data and storage is managed but what many forget is that Big Data also comes with “Big Costs” in terms of the hardware needed to store it and the software and people needed to manage it. Imation saw these three costs coming down the pike and now provides SMBs and SMEs a very affordable and practical solution to address all of these concerns
If small and midsized businesses and enterprises think about archiving at all it is generally in the context of “They are not doing it.” Imation wants to change that as it envisions a world – and is offering a technology solution – that enables SMBs and SMEs to centrally store their data, seamlessly archive it and eliminate the need to do backups. In this second part of my interview series with Imation’s Global Marketing Director, Bill Schilling, we discuss how the Imation InfiniVault opens the door for more SMBs and SMEs to achieve these lofty objectives.
“Encrypt it. Encrypt it all.” That’s a policy almost every small and midsize business (SMB) plans to implement as they look to move or store their archival, backup and compliance data offsite. But implementing that policy is easier said than done, especially when one factors in encrypting data stored to removable disk media and then the overhead associated with managing it. This is what makes Imation’s recently announced RDX Media Secure significant: data encryption on removable disk media (RDX) becomes a reality without becoming a hassle.
In the technology industry start-ups seem to come out of the wood work on an almost daily basis. But what is rare is when an established veteran in the technology industry such as Imation decides to cultivate and incubate a start-up within the company to meet pent-up customer demands for technologies that can handle their growing ‘bigger data’, cloud computing and regulatory requirements. In the first part of this interview series with Imation’s Global Marketing Director Bill Schilling, we discuss Imation’s evolution over the past 12 – 18 months and how it has positioned itself to be the “Bigger Data” storage provider for small and midsized businesses and enterprise
Many small and midsized businesses (SMBs) are starting down the path of evaluating which cloud-based backup solution to use to meet their data protection needs. As they do, they may look at their total amount of data in their business and compare it to what they have at home and may even find they have roughly the same amount of data in each location. So they ask, “What type of cloud backup solution do I need?” and “Could I possibly use a consumer-focused cloud backup offering for my business?”
Storage tiering as a strategy is gaining a lot of momentum as a way to optimize available storage capacity and bring storage costs under control. But many small and midsized businesses (SMBs) still question if storage tiering is right for them and, if so, what steps they should take to implement it. To answer these concerns, there are three tips for SMBs to follow to ensure implementing storage tiering is the right choice for them and that they do it correctly.
It seems there is no shortage of storage appliances on the market today from which small and midsize businesses (SMBs) may choose to meet their varied data storage needs. However, SMBs looking for an all-in-one storage appliance that can address both their current storage demands and position them to meet the unpredictable requirements of Big Data may wonder what such a solution even looks like or if it even exists.
Disk-based backup is unequivocally on the rise in small and midsized businesses (SMBs). But as they transition from tape as their primary backup target, they do not necessarily want to abandon the benefits of tape nor immediately store their backup data in the cloud. Instead they want a product that meets today’s backup requirements while acting as a bridge to get them where they want to be in the future. The new Imation DataGuard backup appliance bridges this chasm.
Choosing the right cloud-based archiving and backup solution may well be one of the most important – and difficult – decisions facing small and midsize organizations in 2012. However a recent acquisition by Imation should contribute to easing which solution organizations should choose in 2012. This acquisition did more than give Imation a cloud-based backup offering. It put Imation among an elite class of providers that offer both local and cloud-based data backup, recovery and archiving options from a single solution.
Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and data storage providers alike have become almost transfixed by storage system features that control storage capacity growth. Yet there are SMBs that possess applications such as medical imaging, healthcare records and video surveillance who need storage solutions that prioritize data life cycle management over controlling data growth. It is these SMBs who stand to benefit the most from Imation’s recent acquisition of ProStor Systems and its InfiniVault platform.