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De basis voor de Cloud: Storage Infrastructuur

Hitachi Cloud Services for Managing Unstructured Data

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Hitachi Data Systems levert infrastructuur en diensten voor opslag van gegevens in de cloud. Dit aanbod resulteert in geïntegreerde, schaalbare, gevirtualiseerde en hoog beschikbare cloud-omgevingen die veilig, locatie-onafhankelijk en gemakkelijk te beheren zijn. Zo kunnen ondernemingen hun service-level agreements waarmaken, hun efficiëntie verhogen en hun kosten verlagen. Hitachi biedt bovendien volledig beheerde cloud-omgevingen. Ondernemingen betalen alleen voor wat zij verbruiken. Ze kunnen de afgenomen capaciteit op elk moment aanpassen en daardoor elke verandering in de klantvraag probleemloos opvangen.

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Whitepaper
Datum
februari 2012
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EN
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  • De visie van Hitachi op de cloud
  • Opslag als dienst in de cloud-infrastructuur
  • De vele voordelen van Storage as a Service
  • Componenten en Configuraties
  • Oplossingsarchitectuur
  • Lagere Total Cost of Ownership
S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e Hitachi Cloud Services for Managing Unstructured Data The Hitachi Vision on Cloud Low Risk Cloud at Your Own Pace Hitachi Data Systems is a premier provider of cloud storage infrastructure, services and solutions that deliver integrated, elastic, virtualized and highly available cloud environments. We deliver secure, flexible, scalable and easy-to-manage cloud storage infrastructures that are location independent and enable you to lower total cost of ownership, meet service level agreements and improve operational efficiency. We also deliver fully managed cloud services so that you can reduce costs, improve efficiencies and pay for only what is consumed. At the same time these services provide the agility to grow and shrink capacity to meet the ever changing demands of your business. Cloud is not a single product, but rather a way to provide IT services. The Hitachi Data Systems approach offers an integrated set of solutions and service offerings. This allows you to choose the best possible solutions to address your particular cloud needs, at your own pace, while protecting your existing investments. Hitachi Cloud Services for managing unstructured data help manage the explosive growth of unstructured content. The solution enables organizations to move legacy or lower value file data to cloud storage located within their organization's firewall and only pay for the storage that they consume, when they consume it (see Figure 1). Organizations can request additional storage when needed. Best of all, they do not need any resources to manage the private cloud environment. Hitachi Cloud Services help manage the tremendous growth of legacy file data in NAS and Microsoft SharePoint environments by moving data to an HDS managed, onsite infrastructure cloud environment. Capacity is requested and provisioned from the S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 2 Hitachi self-service portal, allowing organizations to provision additional storage as needed, offer a variety of service levels and avoid managing the private cloud environment themselves. Moving less active data to the infrastructure cloud relieves the bloat in primary systems for immediate return on investment. It also pays continuing returns by helping extract value from relevant information when it is needed. Without the burden of all that goes into maintaining the majority of your data, you can focus your resources on accomplishing your goals. This information repository enables better search, mining and analysis to find relevant information and generate new and useful insights. to address these issues, organizations have rapidly adopted virtualization and are now looking to cloud delivery service models to reduce costs, increase flexibility and improve their time to market. Cloud's ability to grow and contract storage resources, in concert with business needs, eliminates up-front capital expenditure for underutilized assets and minimizes operational expenses due to continual data growth and management complexity. By deploying cloud models and leveraging cloud managed services, organizations only pay for what they consume and eliminate the day-to-day management tasks altogether. Most organizations are experiencing massive growth of data, such as business documents, files, computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) and web content. To address the growth, many organizations have built large network attached storage (NAS) and SharePoint environments that have become increasingly complex to manage and costly to operate. Such environments also take precious resources away from the most active and frequently accessed data. Research has found that roughly 80% of the data residing in primary storage is stale. This stale data requires constant backup and management, which in turn consumes more capacity and IT resources. In addition, most of the stale data resides on Tier 1 storage, causing the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) for this environment to be very high. Storage as a Service in the Infrastructure Cloud With the explosive growth of unstructured data, many organizations are challenged with: Overview The ever-increasing complexity of data centers and the massive growth of data are multiplying the amount of compute capabilities and resources required to store, process, optimize and serve information back to end users. As they have attempted Cost of storing and managing stale data on primary storage Proliferation of file and SharePoint servers, both local and remote Poor utilization Uneven cost to value ratio of data and storage Figure 1. Hitachi Cloud Services move legacy or lower value unstructured data into a cloud storage environment located within the organization's data center. S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 3 Increasing management costs and complexity Slowing performance of primary systems Massive expansion of backup volumes and shrinking backup windows Hitachi Cloud Services provide solutions that directly address these challenges in a scalable, easily provisioned, pay-per-use approach. By leveraging a private cloud delivery model, organizations can reduce costs, allow seamless access to tiered data, simplify management and improve the efficiency and longevity of their primary NAS and SharePoint environments by: Moving legacy or lower value file data to cloud storage Aligning payment to consumption (only paying for the storage that they consume when they consume it) Eliminating the need for any resources to manage the environment Figure 2. When new storage is required, Hitachi Cloud Services enables automated requests to be made via a web-based portal. Hitachi Cloud Services are integrated, fully managed, usage-based services that move legacy or lower value unstructured data into a cloud storage environment located within the organization's data center (see Figure 1). The data stays in the organization's data center, but the organization only pays for the storage that is used on a monthly subscription basis. Maintaining the data within the organization's environment ensures that existing security methodologies are maintained. The physical infrastructure in the organization's data center is remotely managed by Hitachi Data Systems through a secure connection. This reduces management overhead and provides the necessary skills to optimize the storage environment. When new storage is required, an automated request is made via a web-based portal (see Figure 2) and fulfilled based on the policies set up front between Hitachi Data Systems and the organization. The storage is then remotely provisioned and managed by Hitachi Data Systems. The highlights of the offering include: Fully managed usage-based service to move inactive file data into a cloud environment Move "long tail" content off primary stores and into cloud storage Access old content when needed by way of stubs Target unstructured content in SharePoint or file shares When comparing estimates of business as usual (local NAS data storage TCO) to those of the Hitachi cloud solution, a significant cost benefit is seen with the Hitachi cloud solution. With all configuration sizes, there is at least a 25% reduction in the unit cost TCO for owning and managing the file and content environment. S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 4 Description Up-front CAPEX Asset ownership Burst mode capacity Archive management Ingestion, policy management Cost of power, cooling floor space Cost of hardware, software upgrades Security, encryption Business as Usual (Growing NAS environment) Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering No No Yes No, remote No Yes No Yes, data stay on customer site, secure remote connection for remote management No Yes Yes No Yes, with own staff Yes, with own staff Yes Yes Yes, data stay on customer site Yes consume resources as a service and pay only for those resources they use, reduce the footprint of primary storage systems and avoid the need for tape backups. They can also gain operational and capital expense savings, simplify IT management and begin the path to a true information cloud. In addition, once the data has been tiered to the cloud storage, Hitachi Data Systems can provide advanced data protection capabilities via replicated cloud storage. This ensures that your data is well protected and properly preserved, and it enables greater savings by eliminating the need to make tape backups of data of the infrastructure cloud. A comprehensive economic analysis using Hitachi Data Systems Storage Economics methodology compares "business as usual" operating practices to using the Hitachi Cloud Services. This analysis reveals the clear economic advantages of using Hitachi Cloud Services. Business-as-usual operating practices are defined as adding storage capacity to meet the growing the file and content storage environment by adding more Tier 1 resources (servers, networking, storage). Table 1 summarizes this comparison. By using Hitachi Cloud Services, organizations will avoid up-front capital expense, unplanned incremental storage for burst capacity and additional costs for hardware and software upgrades, warranty and maintenance. Tech refresh effort, cost Table 1. Comparison of Business-as-usual Practices and Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering Offered for NAS and SharePoint data in local or remote locations No capital expense; equipment is in organization's data center, but owned and remotely managed by Hitachi Data Systems $/GB/month consumption pricing (pay per use) Standardized packages to address small, medium and large starting configurations Benefits Hitachi Cloud Services allow organizations to tier multiple, locally and remotely located NAS files and SharePoint content to their resident cloud infrastructure. Tiering may occur over a local high-speed network [local area network (LAN) or metro area network (MAN)], or over the wide area network (WAN) in the case or remote or branch offices. By deploying a cloud service delivery model, organizations are able to S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 5 Solution Components and Configurations The Hitachi Cloud Services integrate key hardware, software and services from Hitachi Data Systems in a unique pay-peruse model. The key products and services included are Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), and Hitachi Remote Storage Management Services along with the active tiering software to move data in file and SharePoint servers to and from the HCP private cloud. Hitachi Infrastructure Cloud Hitachi Cloud Services makes use of the infrastructure cloud from Hitachi Data Systems, where intelligence, content awareness, application independence and automation makes information easier to find, share, manage and repurpose (see Figure 3). Hitachi Content Platform Hitachi Content Platform provides the highly scalable and reliable enterprise-class storage infrastructure as the core of Hitachi Cloud Services. HCP enables creation of an agile, unstructured content environment with generalpurpose object stores that support a variety of services. HCP enables a multitenant object storage environment with the security and broad protocol support needed to enable organizations to gain the benefits of consolidation without compromising security or completely rewriting critical applications. HCP securely segregates data within different namespaces to prevent unauthorized access. Furthermore, built-in high availability, RAID-6 data protection and advanced replication capabilities allow administrators to provide online access and protect against data loss. And, with its flexible, modular design, HCP allows administrators to scale up or down, on demand, with petabyte scaling potential, and avoid downtime associated with upgrades, scale changes and so forth. Remote Storage Management Services For organizations looking to reduce their management costs or lacking the resources, Improve Backup Performance Figure 3. The Infrastructure Cloud AT A GLANCE: BENEFITS OF HITACHI CLOUD SERVICES Benefits Eliminate Capital Expense Reduce Operating Expense Description · Employ consumption-based pricing. · Support unpredictable demand with "just in time" storage. · Eliminate oversubscription of storage. · Move stale data to a fully managed environment. · Improve efficiency and utilization of existing investment. · Reduce amount of backup media, licensing and management overhead required. · Reduce amount of storage on Microsoft SharePoint and primary NAS. · Improve performance, scalability and manageability. · Achieve better return on assets (ROA). · Reduce amount of storage to be backed up. · Improve backup and restore times. Improve Primary Storage Environment S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 6 staff or expertise to implement and maintain their own storage infrastructure, Remote Storage Management Services from Hitachi Data Systems quickly and cost-effectively provide best practice monitoring, reporting and provisioning capabilities for storage management. These services offer the most comprehensive set of remote storage management capabilities with the ability to provision storage as well as monitor the storage environment. They help organizations fill expertise and staff gaps cost-effectively and quickly, with greater organizational flexibility. The skilled managed services staff from Hitachi Data Systems gains secure access to an organization's environment via VPN, Citrix or WebEx connectivity as a remote user, based on the organization's security protocols. Essentially the HDS staff becomes an extension of the organization's IT resources. Hitachi Data Systems works within the organization's remote working access policy, while adhering to the relevant user administration policy and procedures. Hitachi Cloud Services are fully managed offerings that allow organizations to pay according to capacity usage. Because the solution is managed exclusively for the organization on their premises, the offering requires a minimum commitment in order to sign up. Then, the organization is billed monthly based on actual storage consumption. The Remote Storage Management Services also include integrated reporting on the capacity and performance of the cloud storage environment. Understanding that security is a top priority, Hitachi Data Systems uses Hi-Track® Remote Monitoring system to provide completely secure access to detect potential problems and proactively address them. To demonstrate the high level of security within the software and the method with which the software transmits information to Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Data Systems has passed an independent audit performed by ISCA labs to validate its security. ISCA posted this audit on their website: https:// www.icsalabs.com/evaluations. Solution Architecture Figure 4 highlights the architecture for Hitachi Cloud Service. Organizations can tier multiple NAS filers and SharePoint content stores to the cloud over a highspeed LAN, MAN or WAN. Based on the intelligent policy engine, inactive files are seamlessly migrated to the cloud storage. The cloud solution leverages highly available Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage with high-density SATA drives. Once the file enters the cloud solution, Hitachi Data Systems remote managed services take over the active monitoring, management and administration of the tiered data, and allow administrators to focus resources on managing primary, active data. These services can be purchased in 3 different capacity configurations, each of which supports both local and remote instances of file servers and SharePoint. The configurations are all based on the same architecture, with Hitachi Content Platform at the core of the information cloud. The 3 configuration sizes are: Small: starting at 50TB Medium: starting at 200TB Large: starting at 500TB Figure 4. Hitachi Cloud Service Architecture The initial configuration size is based on the predicted volume of data that will be tiered to the solution, but it can be scaled up or down based on consumption and requirements. Custom configurations are also available if required. S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 7 Lower TCO by at least 25% with Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering The financial and operating benefits of the Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering are clear (see savings estimates calculated in Figure 5) . When comparing estimates of business as usual (local NAS data storage TCO) to those of the Hitachi cloud solution a significant cost benefit is seen with the Hitachi cloud solution. With all configuration sizes, there is at least a 25% reduction in the unit cost TCO for owning and managing the file and content environment. Figure 5 shows the relative unit cost (TCO/TB/year) comparison for each configuration size. The TCO model consists of costs related to storage capacity, number of storage systems managed, software, services, management labor, power, cooling and depreciation. It assumes a data growth rate of 30%, utilization rate of 66% and depreciation term of 4 years. Summary Hitachi Cloud Services help organizations manage the explosive growth of unstructured content in their environments. They enable organizations to move legacy or lower value file data to cloud storage and only pay for the storage that they consume when they consume it. By tiering inactive content to the cloud, administrators can improve the performance, efficiency, scale and longevity of their primary storage environment in addition to improving their backup and restore times. From a financial perspective, organizations can eliminate up-front capital expenses and reduce operational expenses by simplifying their environment and consuming storage as a service. Figure 5. Financial and Operating Benefits of Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering Shown on Quick Estimator GUI For More Information For more information regarding the capabilities of Hitachi Cloud Services and how they can support your data center, please contact your Hitachi Data Systems Representative or visit www.hds.com. Figure 6. Relative Cost per Terabyte per Month for Business as Usual Compared to Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering S o l u t i o n P r o f i l e 8 Corporate Headquarters 750 Central Expressway Santa Clara, California 95050-2627 USA www.HDS.com Regional Contact Information Americas: +1 408 970 1000 or info@hds.com Europe, Middle East and Africa: +44 (0) 1753 618000 or info.emea@hds.com Asia Pacific: +852 3189 7900 or hds.marketing.apac@hds.com Hitachi is a registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd., in the United States and other countries. Hitachi Data Systems is a registered trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks and company names in this document or website are properties of their respective owners. Notice: This document is for informational purposes only, and does not set forth any warranty, expressed or implied, concerning any equipment or service offered or to be offered by Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. © Hitachi Data Systems Corporation 2011. All Rights Reserved. SP-042-B DG October 2011
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