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Hammerspace Enhances Global Data Environment, Adds Tape Data Visibility and Standard File Access

Hammerspace Enhances Global Data Environment, Adds Tape Data Visibility and Standard File Access

Announces Integrations with Grau Data, PoINT Software & Systems and QStar Technologies

Hammerspace, the company orchestrating the Next Data Cycle, announced that its Global Data Environment software now incorporates data on any storage option – from flash, NAS, object, cloud and now, tape.

“Adding Tape to a Unified Global Data Environment.”

Hammerspace provides organizations with a software-defined, high-performance parallel global file system that provides standards-based file access across any existing third-party storage, coupled with automated data orchestration to place data in the optimal storage media type or geographic location to meet latency, performance and cost requirements.

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Together with technology partners Grau Data, PoINT Software & Systems and QStar Technologies, Hammerspace now enables organizations to present data on tape, along with data on any other storage type, in an active global namespace via the Hammerspace Global Data Environment.

The expansion of Hammerspace third-party storage support to include tape greatly benefits high-performance computing, media and entertainment, government and enterprises with large data sets stored on large tape systems to meet economic, power efficiency and ransomware protection goals. Now, such data will be accessible via Hammerspace, to enable users and applications seamless visibility and standards-based file access across silos to all their data, no matter which storage type or location it is stored. In this way, Hammerspace delivers the experience of high-performance local access to data that may live on any storage type, in one or multiple storage silos and locations, including on-premises and cloud storage.

When combined with Hammerspace software, data on tape is always available and active, with the ability to support high-performance file access with any combination of existing or new storage platforms from any vendor without the need for proprietary clients. Benefits of the integrated tape solution include:

  • Global access and control of data across all silos and locations. This increases user efficiency and reduces IT operational complexity, providing the experience of a single globally available dataset even across otherwise incompatible storage silos.
  • Scalable storage for large datasets. With datasets growing to multiple petabytes, the addition of tape support greatly enhances the ability of organizations to cost-effectively scale storage for long-term archive.
  • Strengthened governance, security and compliance. Tape enables organizations to retain control over their archive data and its security by storing it “in-house.” Further, the air gap characteristic of tape provides resilience against cyberattacks.
  • Cost-effective solution. Bringing tape into an organization’s environment for specific datasets can lower operating and energy costs.
  • Support for Corporate ESG Initiatives with “Green” Storage. For organizations with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, storing inactive data on tape helps to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

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Executive Quotes

“IT budgets are continually pressed to create, retain, analyze and use ever-increasing capacities of unstructured data. When I founded the Active Archive Alliance nearly 15 years ago, the industry was coming together to bring tape data to applications in a standard file format instead of being buried within a proprietary format in a backup file,” said Molly Presley, SVP of Global Marketing for Hammerspace. “Now, with the advancements at Hammerspace, we have taken another massive step forward in putting ALL data to work in a single active global file system, delivering performance, access and collaboration to AI models, applications and users anywhere, using data, everywhere. No other solution in the industry provides organizations access to their data when and where they need it. Hammerspace delivers a massive competitive differentiator in providing data at the speed of the largest GPU compute environments from any storage silo located anywhere.”

“By seamlessly integrating XtreemStore with Hammerspace’s advanced data orchestration capabilities, we empower organizations to effortlessly manage their entire data lifecycle. Inactive data is automatically stored and archived in the highly secure and long-lasting XtreemStore platform, accessible through the intuitive Hammerspace interface,” said David Cerf, Chief Data Evangelist for Grau Data. “This approach eliminates the need for costly and complex management of dedicated tape libraries while delivering unparalleled efficiency and scalability. The collaboration with Hammerspace marks a significant step forward in data management, providing a transformative approach to long-term data retention that is both cost-effective and future-proof.”

“With increasing data volumes, organizations are looking for more cost-effective alternatives to long-term data storage. PoINT Archival Gateway is a flexible S3-to-tape solution that enables the integration of a highly cost- and energy-efficient storage class into the Hammerspace software,” said Sebastian Klee, Chief Marketing Officer, PoINT Software & Systems. “Our joint solution provides a scalable, long-term archive for growing data volumes and offers additional security and compliance.”

“For all industries, the final resting place for data is archive storage, and for many, due to the extremely low total cost of ownership and massive scalability, organizations are choosing LTO tape libraries,” said Dave Thomson, SVP of Sales and Marketing, QStar Technologies Inc. “Hammerspace now has the ability to automate data orchestration through the entire data lifecycle, as QStar software makes archived data on tape quickly and easily accessible through an S3 interface/bucket. Together, we can help our current and future customers manage their data across multiple storage platforms, including tape as an active archive.”

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