Amplidata’s Himalaya Powers the Next Generation of NAS

Transition From NAS Is Inevitable and Achievable

Organizations relying on legacy NAS are stuck between an inefficient strategy to handle their rapidly expanding data and the need to extend their investments in storage and applications. They are asking for a way to quickly add reliable, affordable storage without dismantling their existing infrastructure and applications or creating more data silos.

Legacy NAS has significant limitations when it comes to efficiently scaling large and growing pools of data. To maintain data protection for traditional NAS systems, there are backups and multiple copies to store and manage, requiring more capacity, power and floor space – requiring higher CapEx and OpEx. Further, legacy NAS volumes are often capped, forcing users to manage multiple volumes, and as NAS volumes fill, their performance suffers, impacting performance.

Beyond the inefficiencies, there are serious data loss risks. The underlying RAID technology is no longer suitable for today’s big data scale due to increased risk of data loss when using the current large multi-terabyte hard drives. As disks increase in size, RAID rebuild times are skyrocketing and the likelihood of data loss grows along with them. In addition, while drives are being repaired, RAID systems can experience performance degradation of up to 90%. Finally, RAID systems require “fork-lift” upgrades, which are extremely cumbersome and carry their own risks.

A transition to a new platform requires consideration for all of the enterprise applications written to access NAS storage. Businesses need to find a way to bring cloud-scale economics into their data storage while avoiding the disruption a transition normally brings.

Amplidata Himalaya as Next Gen NAS

With Amplidata’s Himalaya, users get cloud-scale economics with the performance, security and flexibility required for private cloud deployments. Users can easily store and manage all of their data on-line, from petabytes to zettabytes, and easily access information that had traditionally been stored on hard-to-reach legacy NAS systems to improve operations and drive innovative usage models and collaboration.

Himalaya grows with user needs, adding speed and scale as individual nodes are added, without user disruption. Its patented technology dramatically reduces required capacity and operational overhead while delivering the data protection levels required for today and tomorrow’s rapidly growing unstructured big data environments.

A Path to NAS-Friendly Private Cloud and Beyond

Amplidata’s Himalaya offers a Next Generation NAS storage solution that provides companies an easy way to integrate legacy NAS environments with a more efficient private cloud. This seamless integration allows companies to continue to leverage their existing investment in their NAS infrastructure as they transition at their own pace to a more modern storage platform built to handle their data growth without changing their applications or workflow.

By migrating less frequently used data off of legacy NAS systems to more cost effective solutions, legacy NAS utilization can be optimized where they add the most value.

A Himalaya-based storage solutions can deliver enterprise class NAS functionality with scalable performance and redundancy including

  • Dynamic tiering of active data to the object store helps prevent any potential latency
  • Connectivity with NFS and CIFS for existing applications
  • Scalable performance, capacity, and high availability

Himalaya extends legacy NAS into a single global namespace scalable to petabytes and beyond with a 50 percent or greater reduction in the total cost of ownership compared to legacy NAS implementations. Himalaya protects data by handling up to 19 simultaneous hard drive failures with little to no impact in performance or data accessibility.

Migration to a next generation NAS solution can be very smooth with minimal user intervention or disruption. With Himalaya’s exceptional economics performance, security and flexibility Amplidata makes it easy for organizations to meet the pressing demands to escape legacy NAS inefficiency and pitfalls, while optimizing their existing legacy NAS systems in order to maximize their previous technology investments.

EPFL Chooses Himalaya for Montreux Jazz Festival Footage

École_Polytechnique_Fédérale_de_Lausanne_logo.svgEPFL, Switzerland’s world-class technical institute, purchased and installed a storage system based on Amplidata’s Himalaya software to meet the needs new applications that enrich the lives of music lovers around the world. Its Himalaya-based object storage system is being used to create and deliver innovative uses for the archive and live recordings from the montreux-jazz-festival1Montreux Jazz Festival, hosted annually by the school’s Lake Geneva neighbor.

The new media delivery applications driven in part by Himalaya include:

  • A live streaming application: at the end of each festival day, the digitized music is added to the archive by moving the files into the data center via a 10Gb dedicated line
  • A live streaming application for festival attendees to discover the archive on mobile platforms
  • A streaming application for visitors to the Montreux Jazz Festival cafés around the world that allow visitors at each table to listen to any session without bothering other patrons listening to other sessions, or using headsets

As Alain Dufaux of EPFL said in the press release, “we first turned to Amplidata when we recognized the need to preserve these recordings on something more available than tape. Now that we have Himalaya, we are stretching the boundaries of technology to deliver new ways to consume the media.”

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