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.
Media asset archiving is an essential part of the media & entertainment industry, especially as the volume of data grows. Archives become larger and larger, which means they become more and more difficult to build and manage infrastructure for. At the same time, it is becoming more important to have fast access to that data. For rendering and transcoding applications, performance is an essential component to being competitive in this very fast-moving industry.
As a first-time exhibitor at Dell EMC World this year, the crowd was overly receptive of seeing Avere there to promote a performance caching tier in front of Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and existing NAS.
Earlier this year, Avere officially launched support of Dell EMC’s object storage platform, ECS. The Avere cluster allows for easy movement of data between these heterogeneous types of storage and hides any latency to the data in demand by the users. Many attendees had purchased or were considering adding this object storage to their storage pool and had many questions about this easy “bridge” to create an active archive using cheap and deep alternatives to NAS for less active datasets.
While talk of cloud quickly puts the big public cloud providers top of mind, many enterprises are turning to private cloud or object storage to store large amounts of data across a number of locations. One of those growing in popularity is Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). This week, Avere Systems officially announced support of Dell EMC ECS.
Last Tuesday we officially announced a new product, the Avere C2N system. Since the announcement, we have been busy briefing industry experts who had many questions, but overall were very enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of the product, citing the difficulty for most organizations to roll their own storage and the hesitation of enterprises to abandon exisiting investments for public and private clouds. C2N makes room for both the current and the future in one system.
What is the Avere C2N System?
In case you missed it, C2N is a built-for-the-cloud NAS system that includes an all-Flash performance tier as well as an object-based capacity tier. Here's a quick video explaining the system and three important benefits.
Companies have many options for object storage these days, but the list narrows when this object storage needs to fit in enterprise-scale IT. While it may seem the market is overcrowded, many still struggle with finding the right fit.
As an early cloud solution vendor with a foundation in NAS, Avere has spent some time talking to customers about object storage strategies. While small and medium-sized businesses are finding some compelling option for allow shifting to object storage, those with more demanding and complex IT needs are struggling to make decisions, are finding themselves in situations where expectations are falling short, or simply are waiting for the dust to settle and a more palatable solution to present itself.
One of the object storage use cases gaining traction is active archive, a storage library where users can relatively easily access older files compared to other archival options like tape or public cloud services for long-term cold storage like Amazon Glacier. Object storage offers a nice combination of benefits, which align well with growing collections of content — from digital media files to historical trend data commonly used by analysts in many industries.
Media assets—photos, music, video, recordings, animations—are growing at an unprecedented rate. Managing these files can be challenging, but mismanagement can be costly. Digital asset management (or media asset management) includes the ingestion, annotation, cataloging, storage, retrieval and distribution of these files.
Before getting into these challenges, let's establish that these are corporate assets—they have tremendous value to the organization and are often unique materials that would be expensive to replace or are simply not replaceable. While libraries can manage some of the largest repositorities of assets, many other industries have their own catalogs of media that support and hold significant value to the businesses.
This week, Avere added another exciting object storage partner to our growing list of supported solutions. Collaboration with SwiftStack brings much-awaited access to open-source software for creating private and public clouds.