SNL Deploys Cloudian Object Storage for Active Archive

At the NAB Show in April, the folks from Saturday Night Live delivered a great talk on their next-generation active archive. They are migrating to Cloudian object storage, and away from tape, a change that is already delivering operational benefits. This project is worth a close look, as it speaks to the unique attributes of object storage and why it’s ideally suited to media archive applications. (Storage Switzerland just posted a blog post on this talk here) The talk was delivered by Matt Yonks, who has spent the last 19 years at SNL as their post-production supervisor. Matt discussed three fundamental challenges SNL was looking to solve, all of which are familiar to anyone managing a media archive: Scaling the environment: A perennial challenge for … Read More

Object Storage vs. Block Storage: What’s the Difference?

We recently wrote a blog post about the differences between file storage and object storage. In the next post in this series, we’ll be comparing object storage with block storage. What is Block Storage? Block storage is the oldest and simplest form of data storage. Here, data is stored in fixed-sized chunks called — you guessed it — ‘blocks’. By itself, a block typically only houses a portion of the data. The application makes SCSI calls to find the correct address of the blocks, then organizes them to form the complete file. Because the data is piecemeal, the address is the only identifying part of a block – there is no metadata associated with blocks. This structure leads to faster performance when the application and storage … Read More

Object Storage Bucket-Level Auto-Tiering with Cloudian

As discussed in my previous blog post, ‘An Introduction to Data Tiering’, there is huge value in using different storage tiers within a data storage architecture to ensure that your different data sets are stored on the appropriate technology. Now I’d like to explain how the Cloudian HyperStore system supports object storage ‘auto-tiering’, whereby objects can be automatically moved from local HyperStore storage to a destination storage system on a predefined schedule based upon data lifecycle policies. Cloudian HyperStore can be integrated with any of the following destination cloud storage platforms as a target for tiered data: Amazon S3 Amazon Glacier Google Cloud Platform Any Cloud service offering S3 API connectivity A remotely located Cloudian HyperStore cluster Granular Control with Cloudian HyperStore For any data … Read More

How to offload your NAS and reclaim capacity, with zero disruption

Running low on NAS capacity? Over 60% of NAS data is typically cold and infrequently accessed. Common examples include old project information, engineering files, historical data, and media that rarely gets used. All of these sit there, consuming capacity and data backup resources. Cloudian and Komprise let you offload that data to on-premises Cloudian storage and immediately reclaim 60% of your Tier 1 NAS capacity. Join a live webinar with Komprise and Cloudian, “How to Delay your next NAS Expansion,” June 1, 10AM PST, 1PM EST. Join and you’re entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Click here.    Transparently Tier Data to Cloudian, at 70% Less Cost Cloudian/Komprise let you find and reclaim that costly NAS capacity without user disruption. So you can … Read More

An Introduction to Data Tiering

All data is not equal due to factors such as frequency of access, security needs, and cost considerations, therefore data storage architectures need to provide different storage tiers to address these varying requirements. Storage tiers differ depending on disk drive types, RAID configurations or even completely different storage sub-systems, which offer different IP profiles and cost impact. Data tiering allows the movement of data between different storage tiers, which allows an organisation to ensure that the appropriate data resides on the appropriate storage technology. In modern storage architectures this data movement is invisible to the end user application and is typically controlled and automated by storage policies. Typical data tiers may include:      Flash storage – High value, high performance requirements, usually smaller data sets and … Read More

SNL and Object Storage: Archiving Media Assets for the Long Run

Picture all of your media assets today. How much space does it take up and how well does your current storage solution work? Now what if you had over 40 years of assets? Will the same solution work just as efficiently? Tape storage is currently the preferred method for archiving media assets, but tape is a limited-life solution with many different ways it can be compromised. When thinking long-term, tape becomes less and less viable. For a prime example on why we need to move away from tape storage, let’s look at Saturday Night Live. One of the longest running network programs in the US, SNL has generated 42 seasons of content consisting of 826 episodes and 2,966 cast members. In terms of data, that’s 42 years worth of archive data made up … Read More

Object Storage News in Brief: March 15

We’re well into 2017 – is object storage in your company’s storage strategy? We’ve curated some articles from around the web that look more closely at object storage, hybrid cloud, and the importance of both. Hybrid Cloud in 2017: The Enterprise Argument Hybrid cloud is increasing in popularity due to the combination of flexibility and cost-effectiveness with security and control. Enterprises need to be mindful of how they implement this technology to best serve their organization. Why Object Storage Provides a Valuable Alternative to Tape Storage for Archive Tape has long been king of backup, but has key shortcomings that hurt it in the long run. Enter object storage – with Amazon S3 as its default standard, object storage has quickly become a strong solution … Read More

Cloudian Cool App: NAS Gateway

We recently challenged our talented team to create “Cool Apps” that use object storage and our S3 API in interesting and novel ways. Read our previous blog posts to learn more about a web photobook app and a data visualization app created by Cloudian team members. Jeffry Molanus, a Systems Engineer in the Netherlands, created a NAS (Network Attached Storage) gateway to provide a simple way to store files on object storage. Piecing Together a NAS Gateway Users have a ton of files and it’s only going to increase in the next few years. Utilizing S3 object storage is a cost-effective solution for storing data at scale, but it’s not always an option – for example, when your application uses legacy storage protocols like SMB … Read More

Cloudian Cool App: Data Visualization

This is the second in our series of “Cool Apps” created by our talented Cloudian team. The object of the contest was to use object storage in creative ways. We challenged the team to create apps that are simple and interesting using our S3 API. You can learn more about the contest and see another finalist here. Shinichi Hayashi, who is part of our support team, created a very interesting tool which lets you quickly visualize the contents of a folder. Data Visualization in Action By pointing the app at a specific folder, you can see a visual breakdown of the contents. With minimal setup, you can generate a basic word cloud for text files. Or you can take huge amounts of data and categorize … Read More