GridBank for Unstructured Data

Tarmin empowers organizations to realize value from digital assets, reducing data management and storage overheads, controlling compliance risks and understanding information, driving sustainable competitive advantage


GridBank for Unstructured Data Overview

Creating Efficiency

The unprecedented growth rate of big data has become one of the defining characteristics of the modern era. It is estimated that in this year alone more unique information will be created than in the 5,000 of history that preceded it. Exponential data growth poses a major challenge to businesses of all sizes. Unchecked growth of data and electronic information threatens to overwhelm the very foundations of IT, further taxing IT budget, raising new legal and compliance risks and imperiling business agility and the ability to garner insights and benefits from the stored information.

Enterprise Unstructured Data Management

As the storage volumes of unstructured data increase, organizations are grappling with the challenges laid out in the Three Pillars of GridBank, storing data, controlling risk and understanding information. As data volumes grow, the costs and overheads of storing that data are escalating. New dynamics are creating an environment where it is necessary to control the regulatory compliance, legal and commercial risks of data. Finally, with vast stores of big data, challenges arise in sifting through the data to search, perform analytics and understand the information. The GridBank platform provides a comprehensive toolkit for unstructured data management, reducing total cost of ownership of storage, controlling risk and understanding information.

Business Challenges

Business Challenges for Unstructured Data

Data Storage Challenges

Big data volumes are increasing at ever greater velocities in ever wider varieties, driving significant challenges and costs for storage management. Data growth rates are such that it is no longer feasible to continue increasing storage capacities to retain the volumes as storage requirements are accelerating significantly faster than IT budgets. These greater volumes lead to performance and system stability concerns. Additionally, organizations are becoming more mobile with data sprawl increasingly moving corporate data to the fringes of the network and beyond. The implications of all these challenges are escalating storage costs and data management overheads challenging the traditional approaches to data.

Compliance, Legal and Commercial Data Risks

With the Information Economy driving innovation, data is gaining importance in regulatory regimes, legal proceedings and commercial opportunities. New regulatory environments are mandating greater restrictions on data protection, security, retention and disposal, creating regulatory compliance risks. Organizations involved in litigation proceedings are obliged to perform costly e-Discovery processes to identify, discover, collect, preserve and present all relevant data, with increased legal risks for untimely presentation or, worse, the risk of severe penalties for non-compliance. Finally, as the value of commercially sensitive data becomes ever greater, organizations not acting to secure their environments, ensure high availability access through replication or protect the integrity of their data face commercial and reputational risks.

Gaining Business Insight

As big data volumes continue to escalate, search, discovery, analysis and understanding of the critical information becomes ever more challenging. Big data repositories are sources of value and organizations face challenges in harnessing that value through big data analytics to gain business insights and drive better decision making. Additionally, greater data volumes imply greater difficulties in access and discovery of critical information within that stored data, leading to significant challenges in understanding the information to drive innovation, business agility and transformation.

Tarmin GridBank delivers next generation unstructured data management capabilities offering a modern approach to storing data, controlling risk and understanding information.

Tarmin Solutions

Tarmin Solutions for Unstructured Data

Three Pillars of GridBank

The GridBank platform was built from the ground up on the latest in enterprise ready technologies to deliver a next generation solution to address the Three Pillars of GridBank, storing data, controlling risk and understanding information. It provides a comprehensive solution to the unstructured data management challenges organizations face today and for the future.


The GridBank platform addresses four key points of data storage. GridBank limits the growth rate of data volumes through Object Dedupe and compression, ensuring that any unnecessary replicas are eliminated. Through automated policy-based data tiering, GridBank ensures that data is stored on the most appropriate tier of storage, delivering an optimal performance for both frequently and infrequently accessed data. It reduces the increasing unstructured data sprawl through its local to cloud synchronization client and smart device ingestion functionality, as well as through network trawling for .PST and other file ingestion. Finally, GridBank reduces total cost of ownership through storage optimization and significantly simplifying the complexity of managing disparate storage pools across heterogeneous hardware resources.


GridBank delivers benefits for customers for controlling regulatory compliance, legal and commercial risks. It offers an integrated information governance framework for retention and disposal, including digital shredding, granular legal hold, and e-Discovery solutions, ensuring that legal and data compliance risks are mitigated. Additionally, it controls the regulatory, commercial and reputational risks of data protection and security through object-level encryption and authentication with strict logical separation between mutli-tenancy stores. GridBank also ensures that data is highly available through failsafe replication, offering continuous data access even in the event of a data center outage. Finally, through automated data and object check summing, GridBank protects clients from the risk to data integrity through corruption or hardware failure.


GridBank is designed to enable organizations to better understand and gain insights from their critical data to enhance decision making. It offers big data analytics, empowering organizations to use its big analytics framework and data classification tools to understand underlying trends in business critical unstructured data. Through these analytics tools, organizations are able to gain actionable insights from their data, pre-empting future opportunities or threats to their core markets. Additionally, through high availability, clients gain continuous access to their data repositories, reducing downtime due to outages and accelerating search and e-Discovery. Finally, through enhanced access to company information, customers are empowered to innovate developing sustainable competitive advantage.


Tarmin Differentiators for Unstructured Data

GridBank Delivers Comprehensive Unstructured Data Management

The GridBank Data Management Platform offers a comprehensive suite of features that translate into significant benefits for customers. Through a modular architecture delivering a wide range of functionality, clients are able to realize enhancements in their understanding of business critical information, improved regulatory and data risk control and significantly reduced storage costs.

Policy-Orchestrated Object Storage

GridBank delivers hardware agnostic object storage, scalable to PBs and billions of objects. It provides Object Dedupe, compression, encryption and data policy management for storage optimization.

Global Namespace and File System Virtualization

The multi-site global namespace enables geo-dispersed storage pools to be consolidated through file system virtualization. Through this technology, GridBank delivers a centralized repository of data, eliminating data silos and reducing infrastructure complexity.

Archiving and Ingestion

GridBank also offers archiving, ingestion, indexing and policy-based tiering of data. This ensures that retention and disposal is securely managed with tamper-proof immutable copies available at optimum performance levels and that compliance risks are controlled.

Replication and Disaster Recovery

With replication functionality included in the software core, GridBank provides disaster recovery in the event of data center outages through failsafe replication, as well as business continuity planning where, in the case of an inaccessible office, the workforce can continue to function effectively from home.

Search and Discovery

Through consolidation of disparate unstructured datasets, GridBank offers federated search for e-Discovery, data classification and on demand high availability access to information. Accelerated access to data assets drives innovation.

Big Data Analytics

Finally, GridBank offers a fully featured big data analytics framework. The framework offers application aware data mining and big analytics reporting and dashboarding based on data flows from customers, partners, market metrics and unstructured data stores. 


  • 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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