How to Transfer Large Data Sets to the Cloud

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 09:53 AM

Each day, organizations are moving more workloads to the cloud, and these workloads are getting bigger. For those with decades of data that are often in the petabytes, transferring large data sets to the cloud isn't so simple. It's not only a matter of moving the data, but also of what happens once the data is in the cloud.

First, it can be time-consuming when trying to use traditional methods of data movement. Second, file-based applications that currently use NAS protocols in the data center are now going to be facing object-based protocols. Traditionally, this would involve re-writing of applications, which is also time-consuming and not cost-effective.

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Transferring active datasets without going offline

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 09:43 AM

Transferring active data, whether it's to another traditional NAS device or to the cloud, is often considered to be a difficult task. Using traditional methods, like rsync or SCP, to move datasets require some careful consideration on how long it will take, how long the system will need to be offline, and how that will affect your users and their productivity.

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File System Mirroring with Both NAS and Cloud

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Data mirroring is a common practice for organizations looking to increase data availability and reduce user disruptions if a primary storage filer goes offline for any reasons. As a form of disaster recovery, file system mirroring is used not to just keep a static backup of data, but to maintain a continuously updating "mirror" of the data. Both traditional network-attached storage (NAS) and cloud can be used to mirror a file system. Regardless of what type of storage you use, however, traditional full data replication can be costly and difficult to manage, especially as you start to scale your infrastructure.

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What's the Difference Between Caching vs Tiering?

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 04:05 PM

Caching and tiering are common terms when talking about flash storage. Simply put, caching is when data is stored so future requests for that data can be served more quickly. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation, or a copy of data stored is slower storage media. Tiering is used to find more permanent locations for data, moving less active data to lower performance but more cost-effective storage and vice versa.

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Object Interface vs File System Interface: Is It Just Semantics?

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 01:52 PM

One of the most talked about subjects are the differences between file system and object interfaces. As cloud grows in popularity, it's important to consider how existing NAS storage can integrate with new object storage, and how to make existing applications work on both types of storage. This quickly becomes a difficult task due to the differences in storage protocols.

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Cloud File Systems for AWS - Differences between EFS and Avere vFXT

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

Unless your organization is just starting up, you most likely have file-based data and applications. One of the biggest challenges that people face when trying to move to the cloud is the inherent lack of a file system, as the cloud use object storage instead. This need led to the development of the cloud file system, which provides a file system interface and access to applications running in the cloud.

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Can Object Storage have Strong Consistency?

Posted by Christine Tompkins on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 02:50 PM

Consistency is one of the main components in the CAP theorem, which states that in the presence of a network partition, one has to choose between consistency and availability. The nature of object storage tends towards having high availability and offering eventual consistency. Eventual consistency is great for certain applications where you have adequate time before anyone needs to read that data, like archiving. However, it creates issues when users are quickly reading and writing to the same files.

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The top reason to move local storage to the cloud

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

When people talk about moving local file-based data to the cloud, reluctance can always be heard in their voices. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt regarding security and performance remain, despite the cloud's growth.

We received an Ask Avere Almost Anything from someone battling these issues. What possible advantage does the cloud bring that tips the scale in its direction? Avere principal engineer Bernie Behn approaches this question from the standpoint of data maintenance and protection. Watch the latest video for his recommendations and learn what he thinks is the biggest reason for moving local storage to the cloud.

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Distributed vs. Clustered File Systems

Posted by Gretchen Weaver on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

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Not all file systems are the same, especially when you need scalability. We recently received an Ask Avere Almost Anything question about comparing types of file systems, specifically distributed file systems verses clustered file systems.

We went strait to our engineering team with this one. Jim Zelenka stepped up to the plate and sat down to explain the difference. The biggest advantage of a clustered file system, like the Avere OS, is that it scales easily and efficiently.

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