Komprise Intelligent Data Management Innovation Update: Q3 2020

At Komprise, our mission is to provide customers a consistent, simple, and efficient way to manage file and object data across clouds. Our customers are increasingly moving to the cloud – and this year, we have released a slew of new features and performance capabilities to make the move to cloud fast, simple, and seamless.

We want to ensure our customers and partners are aware of what’s new and taking maximum advantage of the Komprise platform for Intelligent Data Management. In this post we’ll review the highlights from the most recent releases:

October 2020

We just announced customers can now migrate file data to Azure Files and Azure NetApp Files and manage the lifecycle of files in Azure NetApp Files volumes.  As enterprises shift to a “cloud-first” strategy, moving traditional file workloads to the cloud is a priority. Komprise is adding support for performant cloud file systems including Azure Files and Azure NetApp Files so you can now identify the right data to move to the cloud, choose whether you want to migrate, archive or replicate the data, and still search and find data across everywhere.

We also enhanced our cloud data management for Microsoft Azure.  Enterprises can now analyze data on Azure, whether its on Azure Blob or Azure Files, to find out how much data is cold vs hot based on actual usage and not just based on when the data was created. This enables developing efficient cost optimization strategies that help avoid tiering off old data to cheaper storage classes and eliminate the risk of increased costs from accessing hot data in cold storage.

Lastly, we extended our Elastic Data Migration capabilities to on-premises object store providers. Komprise now enables users to migrate object data across on-premises and cloud providers over the S3 protocol. Enterprises can freely move data across cloud and on-premises avoiding vendor lock-in and replicate data to cheaper providers to reduce storage costs. To learn more about Komprise’s fast, reliable, and cost-efficient Elastic Data Migration works, check out this white paper.

September 2020

Our September 2020 release included many important updates for enterprise customers – including impressive performance gains of our Elastic Data Migration which is already 27 times faster than tools like Rsync, expansion of our support for Google Cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure, and better dashboards and reporting. We also expanded the flexibility of data migrations – some customers wanted to make cloud datasets available to a broad range of their users for Big Data applications. So, we now have an option of skipping ACLs during migration.

Platform: Performance, Scale, Ease of Use

September 2020 introduced a new Elastic Data Migration user interface, which provides new levels of scalability and performance to the platform. Other updates include:

  • Performance: When it comes to performance, customer experience may vary due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to: network environment, file server load and performance, VM operating systems, actual data set transferred. That said, this release saw over 700% improved Plan operations performance for small files and 20% improvement for migrations.
  • Source Support for Microsoft Azure NetApp Files as source
  • Target Support: Native format support for Google Cloud
  • UI: In addition to the new Migrations UI, application headers and toasts were updated across all pages

Komprise Elastic Data Migration Architecture

Ease of Deployment

We’re always looking for ways to make Komprise easier to set up and use. Here are some of the deployment updates in the September 2020 release:

  • New Documentation: For setting up disaster recovery (DR) for a Komprise deployment
  • Web Proxy: The ability to change the Proxy logging folder name and username/password support for Google Cloud
  • AWS: Ability to deploy Director, Observers, and Deep Analytics in customer’s AWS
  • Directors: Ability to set up multiple on-prem Directors with a single on-prem DA cluster
  • TLS: Ability to disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1

Migrations

We want our customers to be able migrate without migraines. With that in mind, this release included a number of data migration updates, including the option to skip nfs3 permissions (uid, gid, mode) in a migration job; the ability to allow skipping SMB ACLs during migration; improved “% Processed” algorithm to also count directories, symlinks, Komprise symlinks, and Komprise file links; and the ability to use fast-remove on Pure Storage migrations for directory deletes. Also, when Elastic Data Migration is used for data replication, a new property can now be set to ensure that files modified during iteration are flagged as an error

Intelligent data management for Microsoft Azure

In addition, we also launched intelligent data management for object data in Microsoft Azure. Enterprises can now gain instant visibility into how much data exists across their Microsoft Azure accounts and subscriptions, how much is cold vs hot, what are the characteristics of this data, who is generating it and how fast it is growing across. Moreover, with Komprise Deep Analytics. users can create virtual data lakes of all data in Microsoft Azure and use it to search, tag and organize data regardless of where it resides. Users can quickly find a needle across their cloud haystacks and feed AI and ML applications to extract value from their data.

Summer 2020 Highlights

We had a number of updates over the summer. Our August 2020 release focused on

  • Additional source and target support, including Qumulo File Fabric and Pure Flash Array File Services as sources.
  • Support for SNMP enabling users to monitor their Komprise deployments using the standard SNMP protocol.
  • Major enhancements for UI scalability (handling a large numbers of shares).
  • Launch of the Komprise free trial to analyze usage, costs and growth of object data in Amazon and Wasabi for free.
  • Support for enabling access logging on Amazon S3 buckets from the UI in bulk when analyzing object data in Amazon.

The July 2020 release saw an up to 500% performance increase on Plan move and copy over NFSv3. We also launched archival within Amazon S3 to lower cost storage classes including archival to Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive. Komprise cloud archiving is unique, as it is based on access time and not modify time, and it can save users as much as 50% on storage costs.

In June, we focused on Elastic Data Migration performance. Including kcp and Elastic Shares we delivered an up to 500% migration performance increase on NAS migrations over NFSv3! To learn more, be sure to read the white paper: Accelerate NAS and Cloud Data Migrations. In addition to UI and analytics updates, the June release included reduced memory usage in our Observer, faster Observer start-up, and less VM memory requirements. Learn more about Komprise architecture.

As always, customers should review the release notes for all of the details or connect with your account manager to do a deeper dive into what’s new. I want our customers to know that we’re always looking for feedback and always happy when you take a few minutes to post a Gartner Peer Insights Review. I’d also like to thank our product team for staying focused during such a challenge time in the world.

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