Data Lakehouse: Powering Data Analytics with Secure On-Prem S3 Data Lake

Data analytics delivers insights, and the bigger the dataset, the more fruitful the analyses. However, storing massive amounts of data creates big challenges: cost, complexity, scalability, and data protection. To efficiently derive insight from information requires affordable, highly scalable storage that’s simple, reliable, and compatible with the tools you have.

Modernize your enterprise analytics infrastructure to a data lakehouse – the data analytics architecture of the cloud – by combining the flexibility, cost-efficiency, and scale of S3 data lakes with the data management and ACID transactions of data warehouses. Cloudian HyperStore provides a cost-effective, on-premises S3 data lake built on open standards that integrates seamlessly with the leading data warehouse platforms to bring the data lakehouse concept from the cloud to on-prem deployments for a true hybrid experience.

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Benefits

  • Scale compute resources independent of storage
  • Standards-based integration with the leading Data Warehouse platforms
  • No minimum block size requirement
  • Increase performance with replicas
  • Reduce data storage footprint with erasure coding
  • Compress data on the backend without altering the format
  • Break silos and enable use cases beyond analytics—like data protection, collaboration, and disaster recovery—with replication across sites and regions.

What Is The Modern Storage Architecture for Data Analytics?

Modern data analytics storage architecture follows the cloud architecture. It separates the compute and storage requirements by using S3 object storage as the economical and scalable data lake for all analytic data storage needs. With this S3 data lake, you can collect and manage huge-scale datasets, perform real-time data analytics, and get insights that generate real business value.

Typically, data lakes are composed of hard disk drives due to the media’s lower cost. However, flash storage is gaining popularity due to its decreasing cost and performance gains. When flash is used, systems can be built purely on flash media or can be built using hybrid configurations of flash and disk storage.

These data lakes can store massive amounts of structured and unstructured data. To accommodate this, the storage tier is usually built with object storage with S3 API being the standard means of communication. These storage types are not restricted to specific capacities and typically volumes scale to terabyte or petabyte sizes.

Data Analytics Storage Challenges

When configuring and implementing data analytics storage, there are a few common challenges you might encounter. All of these challenges take different shapes when running on the public cloud vs. on-premises storage.

Challenge Cloud vs. On-Premises

Size and storage costs

Data grows geometrically, requiring substantial storage space. As data sources are added, these demands increase further and need to be accounted for. When implementing data analytics storage, you need to ensure that it is capable of scaling at the same rate as your data collection.

Public cloud storage services offer simplicity and high durability. However, storage is priced per GB/month, with extra fees for data processing and network egress. Running data analytics on-premises delivers major cost savings because it eliminates these large, ongoing costs.

Data transfer rates

When you need to transfer large volumes of data, high transfer rates are key. In data analytics environments, data scientists must be able to move data quickly from primary sources to their analysis environment.

Public cloud resources are often not well suited to this demand. On-premises, you can leverage fast LAN network connections, or even directly connect storage to the machines that store the data.

Security

Data frequently contains sensitive data, such as personally identifiable information (PII) or financial data. This makes this data a prime target for criminals and a liability if left unprotected. Even unintentional corruption of data can have significant consequences.

To ensure your data is sufficiently protected, data storage systems need to employ encryption and access control mechanisms. Systems also need to be capable of meeting any compliance requirements in place for your data. Generally, you’ll have greater control over data security on-premises or in private clouds than on public clouds.

High availability

Regardless of what resources are used, you need to ensure that data remains highly available. You should have measures in place to deal with infrastructure failures. You also need to ensure that you can reliably and efficiently retrieve archived data.

Public clouds have strong support for this requirement. When running on-premises, ensure your data storage solution supports clustering and replication of storage units, to provide redundancy and high durability on par with cloud storage services.

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Data Analytics Storage Key Considerations

When implementing data analytics storage solutions, there are several best practices to consider.

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Define Requirements

Start by inventorying and categorizing your data. Take into account frequency of access, latency tolerance, and compliance restrictions.

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Use Data Tiering

Use a storage solution that lets you move data to lower-cost data tiers when lower durability, lower performance, or less frequent access is required.

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Data Protection & Disaster Recovery

Set policies for data backup and restoration and ensure storage technology meets your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

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