GridBank for Archiving

GridBank for Archiving provides a comprehensive archiving solution, empowering high availability access to data assets, compliance with retention regulations and reduced storage management costs

Overview

GridBank for Archiving Overview

Creating Next Generation Archiving

As data volumes grow, server performance and stability is put at risk, whilst regulatory retention and disposal mandates become ever more stringent. Tarmin GridBank balances the pressure to retain only the most frequently accessed and performance-sensitive data on primary storage to reduce costs with the need to ensure continuous, reliable access to business critical information.

Controlling Information Assets

Access to data assets, information governance, security and protection are all critically important in today’s Information Economy. With ceaselessly growing volumes of data, generated at an ever increasing velocity in a broadening variety of types, it is essential to find ways to ensure consistent access whilst reducing the cost of storage. Meanwhile, regulatory frameworks mandate different retention and disposal terms depending on data types and sources, impacting on the available options for offline backups and long term data storage.

Automated Data Management

The Tarmin GridBank archiving platform provides automated data classification services and tiered storage, ensuring that only the most frequently accessed data is retained on costly primary storage, whilst other data is offset to inexpensive secondary and tertiary tiers. Additionally, GridBank provides policy based data management to ensure compliance with regulatory retention requirements. Through these tools, data is retained in a continuously accessible, searchable active archive, with automated policy based information governance.

Business Challenges

Business Challenges for Archiving

Data Management Costs

Data volumes are growing significantly and IT budgets are reducing. Meanwhile, the costs of storage management and of ensuring compliance with regulatory mandates are increasing. Despite the reducing costs of storage media per TB, the volume growth is outpacing technological innovation, effectively leading to ongoing cost increases. This challenge is coupled with the fact that employees and end-users, recognizing the value of data, retain information indefinitely, often outside of control of corporate IT, rather than risk deleting critical information.

Performance and Stability Issues

The growing levels of storage also lead to performance and stability concerns across the primary application servers. As storage pools begin to reach capacity, performance begins to deteriorate and this can lead to system stability issues. With all data stored on primary servers, it becomes essential to expand the pool with costly primary drives or risk even more expensive system outages or data corruption.

Regulatory Compliance

Additionally, regulatory mandates define specific retention and disposal periods for different types and sources of data, as well as security and auditing requirements. The core challenges of data storage are listed below:

  • Increasing volumes lead to increasing storage cost
  • End-users permanently retain all data, dispersed across the network
  • Server performance and stability issues
  • Regulatory risk in meeting audit, security, retention and disposal requirements

Antiquated Backups

As volumes grow, the storage and backup hardware required and overhead in cycling the backup media is increasing. Additionally, backup periods are extending and it is becoming increasingly difficult to complete the backup within the window in order to meet Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). Even when backup successfully completes, without regular verification of media, often when there is a requirement to restore the data, it turns out that the backup was unsuccessful or the media is corrupted.

Tarmin GridBank provides a comprehensive archiving solution which addresses these issues in storage and backups and centralizes information in a single, searchable repository.

Tarmin Solutions

Tarmin Solutions for Archiving

Information Management Technologies

The Tarmin GridBank Data Management Platform provides a single archiving solution to meet the challenges of data volume growth, information governance and data backup issues. The GridBank ingestion engine trawls the network and consolidates and indexes all data sprawled throughout the corporate environment in a centralized repository, eliminating any redundant copies through Object Dedupe, and further compressing the data as it is fed into the repository. Data volume reductions of up to 80% can be achieved, whilst ensuring continuous access through transparent client technology.

Data Classification and Tiering

Additionally, global storage virtualization and policy based automatic data classification services ensure that only the most frequently accessed data remains on the most costly storage media, with lower priority, less frequently accessed data automatically migrated to less costly secondary or tertiary tiers. This leads to significantly reduced storage costs whilst not compromising performance or accessibility. Through GridBank hybrid cloud architecture, which offers integration with all popular cloud providers, further savings can be achieved through offloading data storage to external providers who benefit from greater economies of scale.

Enhanced Performance and Stability

Alongside the cost benefits, primary server stability and performance is also improved as primary storage capacity is released. Only data that is necessarily retained on primary storage is kept on the primary application server, so application server performance and stability improves. Since infrequently accessed data is offloaded to the secondary tiers, this is achieved without sacrificing performance.

Information Governance Framework

GridBank information governance policy based retention and disposal framework simplifies the process of regulatory compliance and ensures that all business critical data is stored in a central repository. Policy templates and automated ingestion allow the organization to be sure that all critical data stored throughout the network is retained in the central archive. This means that end-users and employees can be encouraged to reduce storage waste by deleting files and emails rather than without being concerned they could be disposing of critical information.

Active Archiving

Finally, Tarmin GridBank archives are consistently online and are continuously replicated to a secondary storage pool for business continuity purposes. With integrated verification, self-healing and fault-tolerance, data integrity is assured. Tarmin GridBank’s has a high availability design which provides reliable and continuous access in order that the need for backup is reduced. Nevertheless, backup is required for complete data protection. Fortunately, since archived data does not change, taking only a single backup of the archive and subsequent differential backups of the primary stores significantly reduces shrinks the backup window ensuring successful achievement of RPO and RTO.

Differentiators

Tarmin Differentiators for Archiving

Modern Archiving Architecture

Tarmin GridBank Data Management Platform offers a new approach to data archiving and information management. Built entirely on next generation architecture, GridBank functions as a drop-in replacement for aging infrastructure and complements existing investment. GridBank has a modern design which takes advantage of the advances made in computing during the last 20 years to deliver a comprehensive approach to data management. It is designed to ensure that the highest level of value is created from data assets through ensuring high performance continuous access to a searchable repository.

Intelligent Archiving

GridBank uses an intelligent archiving approach which ensures that only data with high performance requirements is stored on primary media, whilst lower priority data is offloaded to secondary and tertiary data tiers. GridBank provides an automated data classification and policy based retention and disposal solution, considerably reducing the total cost of ownership of information management. Additionally, GridBank hybrid cloud solution integrates with external cloud providers to further reduce cost.

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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