Andy Ferris

Andy Ferris


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New Enhanced Systems Page Helps Customers Manage Data at Scale

By Andy Ferris on May 1, 2020

Exciting things are happening here at Igneous. Working from home hasn’t stopped our development teams from making our products better every day. In this week's blog let’s take a look at what’s new in the redesigned systems page for Igneous DataProtect subscribers.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Igneous Features
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Archive Calculator: How to Save Money with Archive to the Cloud | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on December 6, 2019

Efficiently utilize cloud tiers to mitigate storage costs

Topics: archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Accessed Time versus Modified Time - How To Decide What’s “Cold”

By Andy Ferris on November 14, 2019

What Can Metadata Tell You About Your Files?

When trying to determine if a file is still in use, IT administrators often rely on metadata as the source of truth. File metadata includes a lot of information, but for understanding activity, there are two fields that are the most important: Modified Time (M-Time) and Accessed Time (A-Time).

Topics: Data Management Accessed Time vs Modified Time (AMSV N/A)
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Cold Data Might Be Doubling Your Unstructured Data Costs | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on October 14, 2019

The Practical Barriers to Archive

Are your IT administrators and data owners in constant conflict over what data is active, and what data can be archived? Good news: you’re not alone.

Topics: archive
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Announcing Backup as-a-Service Direct to AWS

By Andy Ferris on September 23, 2019

Data Protection Built for the Cloud

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection
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Cloud Backup and Archive for File Data: 3 Myths Debunked

By Andy Ferris on September 19, 2019

For years it’s been said that you can’t take advantage of the cloud for file data because it would be too expensive, or too hard. But as file data growth continues, the mechanics and economics of the cloud have continued to evolve as well. While the cloud may have been a pipe-dream for enterprises in the past, the simplicity and price-points available for cloud-based backup and archive solutions can no longer be ignored.

Topics: archive Backup and Archive
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Thinking About Archiving to Cloud? Read This First.

By Andy Ferris on April 19, 2019

Archiving data for long-term retention is a common use for cloud storage, with compelling benefits. However, as with many data protection strategies, cloud archive encounters problems when datasets are large—at the scale of hundreds of terabytes or petabytes.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
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Archive for Unstructured Data: The Igneous Difference

By Andy Ferris on February 27, 2019

As unstructured data and its value increase exponentially, archiving data has become critical to an organization’s unstructured data management strategy. However, as with backup, legacy solutions run into limitations when archiving massive volumes of unstructured data.

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An Updated Policy Experience!

By Andy Ferris on February 5, 2019

Igneous has rolled out an updated UI for creating policies! All of the previous functionality has been retained, but we hope the new experience is more intuitive and easier to use.

Topics: Igneous Features
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Coming Soon: A New Approach to Protecting Datasets

By Andy Ferris on December 17, 2018

Unstructured data has grown at an annual compounded rate of 25% for the past ten years, and shows no sign of slowing. For most organizations, “data management” for unstructured data has really just meant capacity management, i.e. increase capacity to keep up with data growth. This model worked at moderate scales, but as datasets have increased in size, complexity, and quantity, it has pushed the scales into petabytes of data with billions of files, and overwhelmed budgets. Enterprises are now asking for data management strategies that do more than just provide continuously increasing capacity.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Technology
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Data Protection at Scale: How Igneous Integrates with NetApp

By Andy Ferris on November 19, 2018

One of Igneous’ key benefits is how we integrate easily with any primary NAS system, streamlining data protection and freeing customers from legacy solutions, and vendor-specific data silos.

Topics: Igneous Technology
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Move Your Data to Microsoft Azure with Igneous

By Andy Ferris on September 24, 2018

One of the biggest hurdles of integrating public cloud storage, such as Microsoft Azure, into a modern data workflow is actually moving data to the cloud.

Topics: Cloud Microsoft Ignite 2018
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When and How Should You Use Cloud in Your Backup Workflow?

By Andy Ferris on September 11, 2018

While traditional tape workflows may make sense for some organizations, tape backup comes with a set of challenges that become especially difficult to manage at scale. At scale, the cost of tape storage no longer seems so cheap, and IT leaders start looking around for alternatives.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
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Igneous Announces New Integration with Google Cloud Storage

By Andy Ferris on July 23, 2018

Igneous Systems is excited to announce a new integration with Google Cloud Platform. This integration was designed with both replication and long-term archive in mind. Through the Igneous interface, you can now move files and file systems directly into Google Cloud Storage via policy. You will retain your ability to search across storage tiers, restoring to Igneous or to your primary NAS when you need to recover your data.

Topics: Cloud Igneous Technology
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Scale-Out Secondary Storage for Scale-Out NAS: How Igneous Integrates with Qumulo

By Andy Ferris on July 2, 2018

One of Igneous’ key benefits is how we integrate easily with any primary NAS system, streamlining secondary storage infrastructure and freeing customers from vendor-specific siloes on the secondary tier.

Topics: Igneous Technology
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Tape Backup: How Much is Tape Really Costing Your Business? | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on April 17, 2018

Tape remains a popular medium of data storage due to its advantages in cost and ease of use. Often as little as a penny per gig per month to cover just the hardware, tape seems to be a great, affordable option for backup. Unlike other backup solutions, scaling tape is simply a matter of adding physical inventory, and tape doesn’t require network bandwidth or expertise to move offsite, or power when storing long-term archives.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Tape
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How to Backup SMB Shares from Your NetApp NAS System

By Andy Ferris on March 26, 2018

Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud makes it easy to protect all unstructured data residing on NetApp Cluster Mode. Enterprises with NFS exports, SMB shares, or both on NetApp systems can backup their NAS devices using Igneous in a single systems view through simple policies.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Features
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New Feature: Increase Data Efficiency and Costs-Savings with End-to-End Compression

By Andy Ferris on January 12, 2018

As businesses experience increasing data growth, enterprise IT must balance the need for more capacity with the need to constrain their datacenter footprint and control costs.

Topics: Igneous Technology Compression Igneous Features

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