Komprise Tech Tips: Copy, Replication and More

When managing data in the modern, hybrid cloud enterprise, there are many different use cases at play simultaneously. Your organization is likely storing data in several places and your unstructured data is growing exponentially.

To get the most cost benefit and performance out of your data you should be constantly evaluating where it lives. For instance:

  • There may be times when you want to replicate data to a secondary environment, such as to your favorite cloud provider for research and analysis.
  • You need reliable data replication to your disaster recovery sites.
  • If transitioning to a different storage platform, you want to quickly and painlessly migrate the data without risk of data loss or negative user impact.   

In our recent TechKrunch talk, Data Migration or Data Tiering/Archiving, Komprise product experts Randy Hopkins and Eric Platt shared a few best practices for cloud data management and unstructured data management. The chat included quick demos showing how easily Komprise can migrate object store data. You can watch the short on-demand webinar here.   

Meantime, here are some highlights of the chat:

  • Copy data: With Komprise, you can create a point-in time copy of data to another location; that can be a NAS system or any object system – whether that’s on-premise or in the cloud.  You also get the benefits of accessing the data in its native file format.  For instance, let’s say you are uploading research into AWS; you can run a query on it directly from the cloud.  Another common use case is to create a backup copy of your data into another environment, protecting against loss from cyber-attacks or other incidents.
  • Migration flexibility: You can run migration jobs per your schedule, and that can be every day, every hour or even every minute depending upon your needs and policies in place. We have customers that use Komprise for asynchronous replication with no cutover, so that they are continuously replicating to enable an always updated redundant location. Of course, we also support migration cutover, in which the migration job has a specific endpoint. Note, Komprise also enables Komprise Dynamic Links, so you can migrate and archive data with no need for data recall. All of this is transparent to end users so that there is no impact to their data access or performance.
  • Pure Storage replication: Komprise enables asynchronous replication of Pure Storage  We use Pure’s snapshot technology to replicate the data from point A to B.  You can see various metrics on the replication such as the speed of migration. You can also set up failover and failback to and from the replication site.  Read more about the Komprise/Pure partnership.

There’s more to the story on how Komprise is addressing important data management challenges.  A significant one is cost: handling growing storage needs with static IT budgets. This is not a wonderful optic for IT leaders right now.

Here at Komprise we talk a lot about “right data, right place, right time.” You want to give users the best performance for your high-demand hot data sets. Yet justifying the top-performing flash storage platform might be difficult when you are talking about 1 or 2 PB of data or more.  However, let’s say you can offload 75% of your data store to a cheaper, cold storage service in the cloud—aka cloud tiering. Then, you only need to purchase the fancy Porsche storage for 25% of your data – far less than a petabyte.  Suddenly, this option becomes affordable. Using Komprise, you can run the analytics first and see how much hot data you really have before you make a purchase.

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