Government Products and Solutions
Many divisions of government require archiving solutions. Local or national governments archive video and files relating to legislation and the day-to-day running of a country, state, city or county. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies archive vast quantities of data, such as surveillance (video / audio / email), biometric information (fingerprints / facial recognition), a variety of databases (cars / weapons / soil samples) and so on. Government archives store data for multiple decades or permanently. Metadata searches are vital to quickly identify the data required. Larger data sets are stored on slower, more permanent storage technologies and moved to faster performance media when they are needed for investigation. Hierarchical storage technologies are therefore common in the government sector, with WORM technology (write once read many) frequently used owing to the long (permanent) storage periods and data security issues.
LTFS as NAS
Hybrid Object Storage including tape library
Cloud Gateway (private, public and hybrid).
3D Cloud Gateway (local LTFS as NAS and Hybrid Cloud)
Active Archive (multiple technologies)
We all know archived information quickly loses its value over time. Market research confirms this, showing that after a year, more than 80% of data stored on expensive primary and secondary disks is never, or rarely, accessed again.
This implies a huge waste of money and manpower, a worrying scenario for government agencies who have to store enormous quantities of data. The land registry, for example, must store property layouts for an unlimited period. 95% of the archived data will never be consulted, but the storage disks holding this information must be replaced every 4-5 years. The huge inefficiency is glaringly obvious.
We help government offices keep their data needs under control with a range of data management and archiving solutions at the same time ensuring compliance with all regulatory standards.
The QStar Kaleidos is an S3-compliant object storage platform that enables enterprises and service providers to build reliable, private, hybrid or public cloud storage environments that deliver reliability, security and unlimited scalability.
Kaleidos offers enterprise-class customers a tremendous reduction in TCO compared with traditional NAS/SAN storage, unlimited scalability, superior data protection and flexibility, while achieving improved customer retention through enhanced service delivery (SLA), reduced acquisition costs, and enhanced agility through global accessibility across all end user devices.
Kaleidos Object Storage is made with standard high-performance capacity servers. QStar Object Storage Manager (OSM) software runs on all server nodes and forms a cluster to provide a single pool of storage resources across all nodes.
QStar LTFS as NAS architecture virtualizes a Tape Library, effectively converting it into network-attached storage – NAS for sharing with multiple users and applications. The solution supports common networking protocols (SMB and NFS) plus S3 compatible API commands and is integrated on either a Windows or Linux server. Files that are stored in a LTFS as NAS environment are retrieved in the same manner as the native operating system, even though the data is actually stored in a Tape Library. Not only do users not realize that the volume (file system) they are accessing was created on tape and not on disk, but, through a sophisticated cache architecture, the read/write data activity is managed so effectively, that performance is comparable to a NAS device. Transparency is such that the architecture is also supported by virtual machine (VM) environments, even though the VM environment is not designed to support tape drives; existing applications installed in a VM can access the Tape as NAS architecture just like a standard NAS disk. Data can be accessed transparently over the network.