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Making a safe deposit

Making a safe deposit 

While traditional storage models are still being used by businesses around the world today, others have opted to replace this with cloud-based storage. One company that has been assisting enterprises with the transition to this type of storage is Data Deposit Box.

Since 2002, the Toronto-based service provider has helped over 60,000 customers integrate cloud storage into their daily operations. There are many reasons why companies are gravitating towards cloud storage these day, and as Troy Cheeseman, president and COO of Data Deposit Box explains, one of those reasons is the cost savings it provides.

“It all boils down to hardware costs and imminent failures with hardware,” says Cheeseman. “You’re also not subject to the evolution of technology, meaning that what you have today becomes obsolete within six to twelve months.”

When it comes to cloud systems, many businesses try to manage their own infrastructure, which can become cumbersome. This has resulted in an increase in the number of enterprises adopting this technology.

“This is pushing a lot of organizations to the cloud, especially because it’s easier to have an operational expense rather than trying to manage your own infrastructure and manage all of the life cycle (elements) that come with it,” Cheeseman says.

Data Deposit Box provides its users with an object storage infrastructure that is easy to use and deploy over an internal network. It also serves an upgrade over an older form of technology known as RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), which was often prone to failure.

“For the last 20-plus years, everything has been based on what’s called RAID technology, which has since advanced,” says Cheeseman.

“The design of RAID is a design where you know that something is going to fail. You take a bunch of disks and install them in a group, and you know that at some point, one of them is going to fail,” Cheeseman continues. “What you have is redundancy across all of your drives so you can accommodate for that failure.”

One of the main challenges IT managers faced with RAID was the fact that the failures experienced by these drives would eventually result in several hours of extra work to replace them when problems occurred. The larger the drive that was affected, the bigger the risk of other drives failing. Object-based storage helps to streamline the process while significantly reducing the likelihood of failure.

“Object-based storage alleviates that risk and underlying technology problem. There’s no RAID concept, so you don’t have the restoration, rebuilding or degradation that comes with that process,” says Cheeseman. “You’re not at risk during the rebuild process, and it eliminates the entire need.”

Recently, Data Deposit Box formed an OEM partnership with Caringo to utilize its Swarm platform to help expand its data storage services. Caringo offered a scalable storage solution that enabled Data Deposit Box to manage its large customer base.

“As a cloud backup organization, we go through a lot of storage, and our underlying technology was RAID on the hardware side. We got to the point where we were constantly replacing drives and going through rebuilds, and it was really starting to impact our environment,” says Cheeseman.

“When we started to look at object-based storage and how data flows in and out of our environment, (Swarm) looked very attractive. It eliminated RAID, and instead of having multiple pairs of systems, we were able to do it in more of a cluster set, and we controlled how much we replicated our data. It allowed us to consolidate and leverage more of the disk purchase.”

The data storage industry is forever moving at a rapid pace, developing new products and responding to customer demand. Realizing this, Data Deposit Box lives by a three-word mantra for their business – less is more.

“For us, it just really boils down to how much (data) we can effectively manage with fewer resources. Caringo is going to give us the stability to increase that ratio,” Cheeseman says.

“In our current configuration, we have over 3PB (of data), and it’s managed with one-and-a-half resources,” he adds. “In our old environment, we were looking at bringing on two or three people to facilitate the same infrastructure. (Caringo) allows us to be more cost-effective, keep our costs down, and have a better cost per GB when it comes to storage.”

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