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Igneous Announces New Integration with Google Cloud Storage

by Andy Ferris – 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.

What are the benefits?

  • Scalability: This one is pretty self-explanatory, and is often the main reason for choosing to use Google Cloud Platform for long-term data storage. You only pay for what you use, and you can scale capacities up or down as your business needs dictate.
  • Cost: Because we group objects before sending them to Google Cloud Platform, you don’t have to worry about the number of files in your system. We’ll keep the number of puts and gets to a minimum without sacrificing efficiency. Google’s Regional, Nearline, and Coldline tiers are all purpose-built for medium- to long-term archive, and are competitively priced. Despite being a cold tier, Coldline provides online access to your data if you want to bring it back on-premise.
  • Future-proof: Unlike LTO backups, it’s quick and easy to restore your data from Google Cloud Storage, and you don’t have to worry about tape degradation or doing a massive refresh every time there’s new technology.
  • Still zero impact to your primary tier: Igneous is latency-aware as it is backing up your primary NAS systems, and moving data to the cloud is completed continuously as data lands on Igneous from backups. This means end users are not impacted by replicating or tiering data to Google Cloud Storage.

When might you use Google Cloud Storage with Igneous? Here are two use cases:

Use Case 1: Tiering backup data to Google Cloud Storage

As backup data ages, enterprises may want to offload infrequently accessed data to a low cost storage tier such as Coldline. Igneous allows you to set up a policy in which data is retained for a short time on-premises and a longer time on Google Cloud, so that it is moved to progressively colder tiers as it ages.

This is useful when you want data easily accessible on the LAN for fast recovery but want to control your on-premises footprint by moving infrequently accessed data out of your data center. This is also useful if you’re working in a heavily regulated industry, such as finance, law, or medicine, that requires you to retain transaction data or user data past its point of likely utility.

Use Case 2: Replicating data

Enterprises may want to keep up-to-date copies of their mission-critical data in public cloud as a disaster recovery strategy. Google Cloud Storage provides an economical solution to prepare for the worst and protect your business against data loss.

How does it work?

We’re glad you asked! Simply create a new policy and enter your Google Cloud Platform credentials, from our user-friendly interface. The policy engine will automatically replicate your data to Google Cloud Storage, or tier data for archive, based on your specifications. You can send data to Regional, Nearline, or Coldline storage.

Backups run automatically in the background without impacting performance, saving you time and reducing user frustration.

Tiering Backups to Google Cloud Storage

Tiering backups to Google Cloud Storage

Replicating Backups to Google Cloud Storage

Replicating backups to Google Cloud Storage

Whether you use Google Cloud Storage for tiering or data replication, Igneous streamlines the process with our modern backup and archive solution.

How can I learn more?

Check out our Google Cloud Platform integration page for more information.

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