Benefits of a Federated Information Repository as a Secondary Storage Tier

Date & Time:  Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 10:15 AM

Digital information has a lifecycle just as any other corporate asset. The active portion of its lifecycle, when it is being created and when it is heavily utilized, is very short. Paradoxically, the time that information must be preserved is much longer. During this part of its lifecycle, when the information is being stored for reference, maintained under regulatory requirements, or archived for posterity, it consumes a great deal more IT resources than at any other time. Data creation rates are skyrocketing. And due to the way storage is packaged and utilized, the glut of data within most corporate backing stores is becoming unmanageable. Common storage practices, such as tiered storage, are partial answers, but do not eliminate enough of the management overhead and operational complexity to be considered as a viable long-term solution. The answer lies in the concept of a tier of storage dedicated to the needs and requirements of digital information assets once they leave the confines of primary storage. This session will present the concept of a federated information repository (as a complete tier of storage). We will discuss the advantages of this approach using a distributed architecture and borrowing from and extending the practices of storage pooling, grid storage, and tiered solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • How a distributed solution will provide good performance and massive scalability.
  • How a solution can be built with automatic load balancing, fail-over capabilities, self-healing, and central management including how policies are created and deployed to manage the movement of information through whatever location or tier is best suited for it over time.
  • How search and discovery can be utilized across the entire enterprise storage pool.


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