XenData links up tape archives with S3 interface

Maria J. Danford

XenData launched an object storage S3 interface for its LTO archives and a synchronization provider for linking numerous archives together to form a substantial, globally dispersed details repository.

The S3 interface is offered on all XenData LTO archive products, which make tape storage look as the X: push so finish buyers can entry and share files like on any disk quantity. The new S3 software program up grade, which is offered as a $two,000 per-calendar year membership, helps make the tape libraries much more like private clouds by permitting remote entry by using HTTPS. They can however be accessed by means of traditional on-premises signifies this kind of as NFS and SMB.

XenData’s S3 interface produces an atmosphere identical to a chilly storage tier in a general public cloud — an AWS Glacier or an Azure Archive Tier, but in the customer’s details center. The use scenario is also identical, as the two environments are built to maintain hundreds of terabytes or much more of infrequently accessed but however worthwhile details.

The edge of XenData S3 in the details center versus housing details in the cloud is time to very first byte. When a person phone calls for a file with XenData, it normally takes about two minutes for that details transfer to get started, as that is how extensive it normally takes for the robot in the tape library to obtain the appropriate tape and plug it in, according to the vendor. On a general public cloud, it could acquire as extensive as 12 several hours for the very first byte to be sent, dependent on provider-stage agreements with the cloud supplier.

Screenshot of XenData S3 interface
On-premises XenData LTO archives are configured like S3 buckets.

Most XenData consumers are in media and amusement, so ready for a details transfer to start is unacceptable, said XenData CEO Phil Storey. Also, these consumers are already invested in a big on-premises footprint potential-sensible, so it would not make feeling economically to use a general public cloud. The only edge of the cloud above on-premises archives is international accessibility, and XenData’s S3 interface fixes that, Storey said.

“We have consumers with their have multi-petabyte details centers. Why would they at any time pay back for general public cloud?” Storey said.

XenData also launched World Sync, a provider that produces a one international file system by linking numerous S3-enabled LTO archives together. Any file archived at any place becomes offered as a stub in the international file system, and all changes are reflected throughout all destinations.

Though World Sync utilizes Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB as its back again finish, customers’ files hardly ever contact the cloud through restores or transfers. Alternatively, they are sent by using peer-to-peer HTTPS between their LTO archives, permitting for safe details movement.

XenData’s S3 interface is identical to Spectra Logic BlackPearl and Fujifilm Object Archive, as they all give the software program framework to allow object storage on tape, but the means to synchronize numerous archives is new and effective, said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Business Technique Team (ESG), a division of TechTarget. It makes it possible for consumers with numerous LTO archives to collapse those people silos into one substantial details repository, producing it easier for buyers to obtain particular files and collaborate on them.

The option is to do it in cloud, but with this setup, your total cost of ownership is going to be improved than cloud.
Christophe BertrandSenior analyst, Business Technique Team

World Sync’s functionality can be achieved in the cloud, by using Dropbox or a identical cloud file repository. However, pretty much all XenData consumers have at minimum a several hundred terabytes of details, Storey claimed. At that scale, working with the cloud is quite expensive, Bertrand said.

“The option is to do it in cloud, but with this setup, your total cost of ownership is going to be improved than cloud,” Bertrand said.

With XenData’s World Sync, details hardly ever leaves customers’ details centers, so that gives a details sovereignty and compliance incentive above cloud as well, Bertrand additional.

Spectra Logic Energetic Archive and other vendor products can make tape details on the web-able, and consumers could replicate World Sync’s functionality by linking those people together, said Vinny Choinski, senior validation analyst at ESG. However, consumers would be building this synchronization by themselves. Offered the sizing of the environments included, it really is improved to have a vendor address the challenge than to “Do it yourself it,” Choinski said.

“At this scale, you never want to cobble this together yourself,” Choinski said.

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