A Smarter, Faster, Proven Cloud Tiering and Data Archive Strategy

Cloud tiering and data archiving can save you money by offloading unused cold data to cost-efficient cloud storage. When done right, smart cloud data tiering and data archive can save 70% of not just storage but also backup, DR and cloud costs—something proprietary storage gateways and built-in data storage tiering cannot offer. Only Komprise right-sizes your data storage, backup, DR and cloud by analyzing and transparently tiering cold data files from any NAS without any access disruption whatsoever—maximizing savings and enhancing performance of hot data. So when it comes to cloud tiering, ensure you first know your cloud tiering choices.
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Learn how patented Komprise Transparent Move Technology™ maximizes your Cloud Tiering benefits.


Most enterprises don’t know how much cold data they could be tiering.

  • Users and applications access tiered cold files exactly as before, even when the files are sitting as objects in the cloud.
  • No proprietary stubs or static links to manage.
  • Retain the same access controls and security on your data.
  • Retain all the properties of the original file with patented Transparent Move Technology.
  • Access files as before via NFS, SMB/CIFS and as objects via S3 in the cloud.
  • Komprise uses standards-based file tiering that maintains full file fidelity at each tier.
  • No proprietary software needed to access metadata to make moved data “whole”.
  • Data is directly accessed from the target storage and returned to source storage, same as before.
  • No data rehydration during backup or when you end-of-life the source NAS.
  • No performance degradation of hot data.
  • No invasive agents or stubs to disrupt users, apps, or data protection workflows.
  • Accessible from your source NAS and from your target storage (object/cloud).

Built-in storage-based cloud tiering solutions require their file system for access.

Read the blog post: What you need to know before jumping into the cloud tiering pool.

  • No Lock-In: Built-in storage tiering solutions lock data in a proprietary block format which results in 75% higher cloud egress costs and lock-in. With Komprise cloud tiering, you always have full native access to your data in the cloud.
  • No Egress Costs: Cloud storage gateways require all access to flow through them, creating 300% higher licensing costs in perpetuity and an unnecessary bottleneck.
  • No Disruption: Komprise cloud tiering moves cold data to the cloud and users never know the difference.

Learn more about your Cloud Tiering Choices.


What is Cloud Tiering?

Cloud tiering, also known as cloud storage tiering, is a data management strategy that involves dynamically moving data between different storage tiers based on its usage patterns, performance requirements and cost considerations. The primary goal of cloud tiering is to optimize data storage resources by efficiently allocating data to the most appropriate storage tier, whether it’s on-premises storage or cloud-based storage services. Read the white paper. Also see Cloud Archiving.

What are the advantages of Komprise file-level cloud tiering?

Unlike proprietary storage tiering solutions, file-level tiering is a data management solution that works across
multi-vendor file and cloud storage to move files seamlessly without lock-in. File-level tiering and transparent tiering solutions overcome the limitations of block-level tiering solutions by keeping data in native format in the cloud while enabling transparent access to tiered data from the original filesystem.

  • File-level Cloud Tiering Eliminates Lock-In: File-level tiering is a more advanced technology and is standards-based. File-level tiering means the file along with all of its metadata moves to the new tier. Whether you have NTFS extended attributes or POSIX ACLS, you need the ability to move the file and all of its associated metadata with high fidelity and rehydrate it back into its exact original form if needed. Moving just the file is not enough. Many applications rely on attributes of the file to operate. The file system imposes access control through basic and extended attributes. File-level tiering maintains full file fidelity and preserves all the attributes and metadata along with the file at each tier.
  • File-Level Cloud Tiering Minimizes Cloud Costs, Maximizes Savings: The total savings is more significant since the entire file is preserved. With transparent file-level cloud tiering you can access files natively as objects in the cloud without any third-party software, so there is no need to pay an additional fee in perpetuity. Since all the file metadata is preserved, you can also access the cold data as files in the cloud and return it to the source storage exactly as it was before. Also, by transparently moving the entire file, all other operations such as third-party backup applications
    and migrations can be done without rehydrating the data or incurring cloud egress and retrieval costs—thus maximizing the full savings.

File-level cloud tiering enables you to maximize savings by offloading cold data to the cloud. It minimizes cloud egress costs by enabling access to data without costly rehydration, and it future-proofs your investment by writing data using standards with no lock-in.

Read the white paper.

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