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DataCore moves into file and object storage


Article Type: News          Published: 12-2019         Views: 101   

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New vFilo offering aimed at unstructured data, hybrid cloud and more.

DataCore Software has announced vFilO, its next-generation distributed file and object storage virtualisation technology, that is uniquely designed to help enterprises organise, optimise, and control large volumes of data scattered on-premises and in the cloud. This newest addition to the company’s leading software-defined storage (SDS) portfolio complements data services provided by DataCore SANsymphony software for block-based storage. The two products can be used independently or together in midsize and large environments—scaling out from two instances and tens of terabytes to billions of files spread across numerous nodes.

vFilO provides both a scale-out file system for unstructured data, as well as the ability to virtualise existing storage systems. For organisations struggling to locate, share and protect files spread across multiple file servers, network attached storage (NAS) appliances and object storage, it assimilates those silos under a global namespace accessible via standard NFS, SMB and S3 protocols—leaving the data unchanged. When virtualising existing file systems, end-users enjoy the benefits of a next-generation platform minutes after beginning the process of assimilating their metadata.

As a result, data access is independent of data location. Entire collections of documents and multimedia content become accessible from a flat, global catalogue—a hallmark of object storage, but with the responsiveness and consistency of a high-performance distributed file system.

Multi-Petabyte Scalability, Rapid Response
vFilO software automatically distributes capacity and load over a scale-out cluster responsible for numerous storage subsystems, and can be installed on physical servers or virtual machines that are deployed in minutes. As with DataCore SANsymphony, vFilO distributed file and object storage virtualisation enables optimal use of hardware resources by parallelising concurrent requests, avoiding serial bottlenecks. It responds rapidly to peak workloads through extensive parallelism both within nodes and by load balancing across nodes in the highly available vFilO cluster.

vFilO software pulls varied file and object storage subsystems together for a coherent view while splitting the load intelligently among them, replicating and actively archiving to lower cost cloud storage when appropriate. vFilO bridges the file and object worlds not only from an access protocol perspective but also the way data is managed and how it is stored, bringing the best of both worlds and eliminating the need for IT to choose and compromise.

A key architectural advantage of vFilO software is the true separation of data and metadata, making it possible to uncover ad-hoc relationships between file contents regardless of where they reside and who generated them. Simple natural language queries for keywords and tags from the global index of extensible metadata creates fresh new ways to extract value from data.

“The announcement of vFilO puts DataCore in a unique position to help drive the industry’s transformation from a hardware-centric to a software-defined model, a vision we call DataCore ONE,” said Gerardo Dada, CMO of DataCore Software. “The release of vFilO is a milestone in this transformation as it allows organisations to modernise existing systems, add new unstructured data storage capabilities, and take advantage of machine-learning data optimisation, including the ability to leverage hybrid clouds without having to go through a major overhaul.”

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