Network Storage

Today, we are on the cusp of a data storage and management revolution. Whilst organizations are looking to increase agility via the optimization of data management for rapid retrieval, remote collaboration and eventual monetization to drive greater business value, they are concurrently grappling with the inherent challenges of massive data growth and the complexity of legacy systems.

Google is acquiring backup and disaster recovery (DR) firm Actifio which offers an abilitry for users to to protect virtual copies of data in its native format, manage these copies throughout their entire lifecycle, and use these copies for scenarios like development and test.

Quantum Corp. has announced a range of new offerings for organisations seeking to classify, manage and protect video and unstructured data across its lifecycle. 

Broadcasting industry supplier MediaHub Australia has developed a new multi-industry platform for low cost archive storage with the launch of ArkHub.

Alfresco Software, the open source, content management platform and solutions provider, has announced the addition of immutable, Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) regulatory compliant storage to its Alfresco Governance Services – a modern records management capability of the Alfresco Digital Business Platform.

Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced a new distributed file system and management solution that will users gain faster access to and insights from unstructured data such as emails, documents, health records, audio, video and images.

Object Storage Specialist Cloudian has launched its operations in Australia and New Zealand, led locally by Australian industry veterans James Wright and Jason Mantell - both with prior experience at Nutanix and Pure Storage.

Igneous, the SaaS data management company for file-intensive environments, has announced enhancements to DataDiscover and DataFlow. Igneous DataFlow now enables data-heavy organizations to move data in native format from where it lives to where it needs to be, on-premises or cloud.

There is no doubt that cloud storage systems are becoming a popular option for businesses. On-premise storage can be costly, and it usually requires an IT staff to manage it.

I first wrote about the differences between backups and archives almost 20 years ago. At the time, organizations were struggling to get to grips with the requirements to retain electronic records and the new-fangled world of e-discovery. So why are we still talking about this? And, more importantly, what’s changed? One word – cloud! And the right to be forgotten – more about that later.