Migrating and Tiering Video Data with Object Storage and the Storage Made Easy Enterprise Infini-Drive

Challenge

A blue-chip services organization receives, processes and shares almost 1/2 TB of new video each day. That’s hundreds of thousands of files from thousands of remote cameras. Their issue was that as the volume increased the existing file-based storage platform could not keep up. It would take up to a minute for videos and images to be retrieved, severely impacting worker productivity. The storage also become more expensive to maintain, in part because it was difficult to scale.

The company moved to object storage to reduce costs whilst also increasing performance and scalability. Unfortunately, the custom applications that ingested, processed and distributed video and images were written for the file-based storage. This left a gap in the ability to fulfill the storage use case and to proceed effectively with the migration.

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Using Ansible with On-premises S3 Object Storage

At Storage Made Easy we work/partner with many Object Storage vendors.

When a project required data automation and the use of an on-premises object storage buckets, I turned to Ansible and our storage partners.  However, I found that the aws_s3 module for Ansible wasn’t as friendly and well documented when working with S3 object storage that isn’t either AWS or Ceph.

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Using the Enterprise File Fabric to make S3 or S3 compatible data more secure and easier to securely share

Without a doubt Amazon S3 Object Storage is the big gorilla of the storage world. Many companies, large and small, are using it to store data.

One of the challenges of using Amazon S3 has been how to secure it and how to securely share from it. There have been far too many articles with regards to S3 breaches because of mis-configuration which have been well documented, although Amazon have tried to help combat this with its recent announcement regarding public access setting for S3 buckets.

There are those that think that S3 security is flawed by design.  The simple purpose of this post is to present ways in which the Enterprise File Fabric helps to make S3 data more secure.

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DocumentSafe – Protecting Sensitive Multi-Cloud Documents

It is not unusual for companies to have a need to share sensitive documents either with employees or external companies / partners. Even if the link sharing is ultra secure, once the document is available outside of the security of the company perimeter all control of the document has vanished.

This is where the Enterprise File Fabric DocumentSafe feature comes in. It provides a way to securely share documents (that may be stored on any on-premises or on-cloud documents storage) that can only be viewed by the intended recipient and are marked in such a way that makes the document traceable.

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