GridBank Cloud Storage

GridBank Cloud Storage delivers hardware-agnostic object-storage for internal and external cloud storage-as-a-service providers, offering high availability data access, cloud synchronization, business agility and workforce mobility

Overview

GridBank Cloud Storage Overview

Unlocking the Promise of the Cloud

In recent years, the potential of cloud computing and storage-as-a-service for improved business efficiencies, cost savings and economies of scale have become clear. Early adopters have proven the technologies and there is a concerted growth in businesses committing their core applications to cloud solutions. GridBank Cloud Storage provides a fully consolidated platform for cloud based object storage-as-a-service for internal and external service users. GridBank Cloud Storage infrastructure delivers a comprehensive storage platform offering high availability data access, Tarmin GridSync for local to cloud data synchronization, reduced management and storage overheads and reduced total cost of ownership through storage optimization, all within a private cloud. Additionally, it offers full integration with industry-leading cloud providers, acting as a cloud storage gateway for greater redundancy and further reduced overheads.

Storage-as-a-Service Provisioning

As the volumes of data in organizations continue to grow, there is increasing demand for managed service providers and corporate IT departments alike to deliver improved storage efficiency. Migrating to consolidated storage pools in public or private clouds allows for significantly reduced data management overheads. GridBank Cloud Storage provides a multi-tenant object storage environment, allowing limitless scalability with Object Dedupe, encryption and compression across multi-site storage pools reducing storage volumes by around 50-60%. With a fully featured REST API for data management, an S3-compatible API for cloud provisioning via existing applications, and integrated public cloud gateway supporting leading third-party providers, GridBank Cloud Storage delivers a comprehensive storage optimization platform for cloud storage providers.

High Availability Cloud Replicated Data Access

Storage-as-as-service users require instant on demand access to the right data in the right place at the right time from anywhere in the world. Information is the driver of innovation and service users need assurances of high availability access to data even in the instance of an outage of a data center. GridBank Cloud Storage enables redundant provisioning of shared storage pools across multiple geo-dispersed data centers, providing a consolidated view of a virtualized file system and ensuring high availability access to data assets and repositories through the cloud replication engine provided by the GridBank Cloud Storage platform.

GridSync and Smart Clients

As service users become increasingly mobile and global organizations become the norm, it is necessary to ensure that data is readily available to end-users through any smart device or browser. The need for service users to access, view and share their data wherever they are in the world is a growing challenge in the data storage industry, as is the ability to manage file and data sprawl as international organizations deploy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for a globally mobile work force. GridBank Cloud Storage provides GridSync technology for Windows, Linux and Mac PCs and laptops with integrated Active Directory security and authentication to ensure that all users have access to locally synchronized offline copies of data stored in the cloud. Additionally, GridBank Cloud Storage provides interfaces for smart clients including iDevices, Android and WP7 for access to data anytime, anywhere through any client device.

Features

GridBank Cloud Storage Key Features

Hardware Agnostic Object Storage

  • Full cloud based object storage software stack
  • Compatible with heterogeneous hardware configurations

Massively Scalable

  • Modular, next generation architecture allows for elastic scalability
  • Scales to PBs of storage and billions of objects

Distributed Cloud File System

  • Global namespace and file system virtualization deliver single consolidated data view
  • Virtual storage pools compatible with NAS, SAN, DAS and public cloud providers 

Object Dedupe

  • Deduplication of emails, files and objects to ensure no unnecessary storage replication
  • Object Dedupe across all GridBank systems reducing primary storage footprint

Encryption and Compression

  • Highly secure AES-256 and Blowfish 448-bit standard encryption
  • Powerful compression significantly reducing storage requirements

Multi-Site, Multi-Tenancy

  • Multi-site cloud replication provides failsafe replica 
  • Multi-tenancy logical data separation allows for secure provision of storage-as-a-service

Integrated REST API

  • Extensible proprietary REST API for geo-located cloud provisioning
  • S3 compatible API for improved time-to-market

GridSync and Smart Clients

  • Local to cloud synchronization via GridSync technology
  • Accessible via an array of smart clients including iDevices, Android, WP7 and browsers

Benefits

GridBank Cloud Storage Key Benefits

Improved Profit Margins

  • Object storage available through commodity hardware
  • Redeploy existing storage investment in future projects

Reduced Infrastructure Management Costs

  • Scalable architecture reduces performance concerns
  • Simplified software stack ensures lower overheads

Centralized Data Repository

  • Unstructured data retained within corporate control in a centralized repository
  • On demand high availability business critical information

Reduce Storage Footprint

  • Object Dedupe and compression reduce storage requirements
  • Lower total cost of ownership to retain required storage capacity

Enhanced Data Protection

  • Military grade encryption and logical separation secures and protects critical data
  • Multi-site replica and and tamper-proof check summing ensures data integrity

Storage-as-a-Service Provisioning

  • Enhanced revenues through private and public cloud service delivery to internal and external clients
  • Economies of scale through centralized storage infrastructure

Workforce Mobility and Business Agility

  • Data available at any time on any device, anywhere in the world
  • Flexibility and agility to enhance business processes and models

Technical Specifications

GridBank Cloud Storage Technical Specifications

Recommended Hardware Requirements

The recommended hardware requirements for a GridBank Cloud Storage node are:

  • 2 x Quad core processors, minimum 2GHz
  • 24 GB of RAM
  • 2 x 1TB hard disks or DAS, NAS, SAN storage connectivity, dependent on requirements
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 3 x 1Gb network cards
  • Internet connection for Call Home feature

Minimum Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements for a GridBank Cloud Storage node are:

  • Dual Quad Core processor
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 2 x 500GB hard disk
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 2 x 1Gb network cards
  • Internet connection for Call Home feature

Software Requirements for GridBank Cloud Storage Node

The minimum software requirements for a GridBank Cloud Storage node are:

  • Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Server Standard/Enterprise Edition

Highlights

  • The rapid growth of our company, through value enhancing acquisitions and successful exploration, is generating more and more data, much of it in isolated pools. [GridBank] will allow us to organize, store and protect our G&G data and create a platform for improving business efficiency while reducing TCO.

    — David Edwards, Group Head of Information Systems, Premier Oil, Plc.
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