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Enterprise NAS Cloud Backup: Cost-Effective Reality With Igneous DataProtect

By Christian Smith on January 21, 2020

In a previous article, I talked about the critical capabilities for NAS backup to cloud archive tiers using AWS Glacier,  Azure Archive Blob Storage, or GCP GCS Coldline. With listed pricing from $12 to $14/TB/Yr, these archive tiers are now cheaper than comparable enterprise grade hardware. 

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection Cloud
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Five Areas to Evaluate for NAS Backup to the Cloud | Igneous

By Christian Smith on November 26, 2019

Does your Enterprise NAS Backup software manage cloud costs? 

If you are reading this blog, it’s safe to assume you’ve likely heard about the recent cloud-tier pricing announcements from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Topics: cloud computing Backup and Archive Cloud
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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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Three Benefits of Backup as-a-Service (BaaS) for Managing Unstructured Data

By Catherine Chiang on March 27, 2019

Ah, managing backups: A necessary, but notoriously tedious task that most IT administrators would happily hand off to someone, anyone else. In today’s increasingly automated and machine-driven age, that someone else could be...software.

Topics: Backup and Archive
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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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Why Isilon Users Need Multi-Protocol Support in Their Data Protection Solution

By Asif Daud on August 21, 2018

As you may have heard, we’ve added support for multi-protocol on Dell EMC Isilon OneFS—making Igneous the only modern scale-out data protection solution for large enterprise customers with this capability.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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Backup vs. Archive: The Case for Incorporating Both in Your Data Management Strategy

By Catherine Chiang on July 10, 2018

We often talk about backup and archive as coupled processes, so much so that these two very different concepts may become conflated.

Topics: Backup and Archive
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How Do You Archive Data at Scale?

By Catherine Chiang on June 12, 2018

Archive, as a concept, seems simple enough: Offload your infrequently-accessed data to a secondary storage tier and save it until the one day you might need it.

Topics: Backup and Archive
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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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Archive 101: What is Data Archiving, Why is it So Important, and How Do You Archive Effectively?

By Christian Smith on April 3, 2018

As data grows, archiving data has become more important than ever for a robust data management strategy. Yet, effective archive remains elusive for many organizations. Even defining what “archive” means can be difficult because archive commonly refers to backup archives or e-mail archives, not unstructured data management.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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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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Backup: One Size Does Not Fit All Anymore

By Catherine Chiang on February 27, 2018

In the good old days when data was much smaller, having a single backup solution was ideal. However, as data has exploded, it has also generated new requirements that necessitate multiple solutions. 50% of enterprises surveyed for the 2017 Gartner Backup Magic Quadrant today deploy multiple backup solutions.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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4 Requirements of Modern Backup and Archive

By Catherine Chiang on February 20, 2018

As enterprise datasets grow at unprecedented rates, with the majority of it being unstructured data, requirements for modern backup and archive have expanded beyond the capabilities of legacy secondary storage systems.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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Thoughts from Gartner Data Center Conference 2017

By Steve Pao on December 18, 2017

It’s easy to assume that most enterprises are using cloud when you live in Seattle, home to two of the three giant cloud services providers. However, spending a week at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas provided a more accurate assessment of the enterprise cloud adoption, and reconfirmed what we hear from our customers about the challenges they experience with cloud.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud GartnerIO 2017
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Top Data Backup and Archive News from Microsoft Ignite 2017

By Catherine Chiang on October 10, 2017

In September, we attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Florida, a week-long conference exploring the future of technology and Microsoft’s latest innovations. We were excited to see Microsoft jumping into the backup and archive arena with their newest product launches!

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Colo or Cloud: Choosing the Right Backup and Archive Solution

By Catherine Chiang on September 19, 2017

It’s critical for enterprises to build in offsite redundancy as part of their disaster recovery plans, as data loss can cost businesses hundreds of thousandseven millionsof dollars. Enterprises have three main avenues for achieving offsite redundancy: using a datacenter in another location, public cloud, and colocation (colo). For enterprises looking to reduce their own offsite datacenter footprint, public cloud and colo both pose viable options.

Topics: Backup and Archive Colocation Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Operational and Tactical Benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Christian Smith on August 29, 2017

When evaluating technology, it’s important to consider both the operational and tactical benefits of a product or service. On the Igneous website and in our datasheet, we talk a lot about the operational benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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SearchDataBackup: Disk Rules the Enterprise Backup Roost

By Tammy Batey on August 15, 2017

Capacity, scalability and ease of implementation top enterprises’ list of critical features they look for when investing in a backup hardware purchase, according to a just released TechTarget research survey.

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive
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Evolution of Data Backup

By Tammy Batey on July 26, 2017

“Technology has come a long way.” That’s what I wrote in an Igneous blog post celebrating World Backup Day on March 31. But how’s that apply to data backup in particular?

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
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High-frequency Trading Firm Yields High-flying Results with Igneous Solutions

By Tammy Batey on July 11, 2017

One less thing to worry about. That’s one of the most satisfying gifts you can give a busy IT manager, says Igneous Systems Field Product Engineer Andy Pernsteiner.

It’s a gift he’s been excited to offer one of our most longstanding customers – a New York City-based high-frequency trading company. While most of our customers make the Fortune 500, some smaller companies face similar infrastructure challenges and can benefit from an Igneous secondary storage solution.

Topics: Backup and Archive Case Study Igneous Solutions
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The Backup Window is an Outdated Concept

By Steve Pao on July 5, 2017


Backup windows for unstructured file data will go the way of the rotary phone. Why? Backup windows were designed when tape was the primary backup target, before the proliferation of unstructured data. Let’s explore how legacy backup software backed into the concept of backup windows and how a modern approach eliminates them.
Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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5 Reasons to Visit Igneous at Bio-IT World

By Tammy Batey on May 19, 2017

Genomics research. Cardiovascular simulations. Antibody discovery. At Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, researchers and clinical practitioners meet at the intersection of medicine and computer science.

This year’s Bio-IT World, which is May 23-25 in Boston, will draw more than 3,000 attendees eager to discuss exciting and eclectic research. One consistent struggle? All of the data produced by that research, according to Allison Proffitt, Editorial Director of Bio-IT World & Clinical Informatics News.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous News Igneous Solutions Bio-IT World
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Are Data Backups Broken?

By Tammy Batey on April 27, 2017


Multimedia data. Electronic health records. Cryo-electron microscope data. Machine images. Sensor data. Participants in the April 12 “Overcoming Backup Challenges” CrowdChat conversation say they deal with many different types of unstructured data. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive CrowdChat
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Join 4/12 CrowdChat on “Overcoming Backup Challenges”

By Tammy Batey on April 11, 2017

What are the biggest challenges you face with data backup? What are your strategies for solving these challenges? Our CrowdChat on "Overcoming Backup Challenges" — the fourth in a series of online conversations about data storage — will be at 9 a.m. PST on April 12.

Topics: Backup and Archive CrowdChat
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World Backup Day: How It Began and How to Celebrate It

By Tammy Batey on March 31, 2017


What does Leeds, England resident Adam Jefferson have in common with California-based Pixar Animation Studios? A shared appreciation for that panic-inducing moment when you lose data. For Adam, that moment led to the creation of World Backup Day, which is March 31. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive
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From Cave Walls to Billions of Files: The History of Data

By Tammy Batey on March 30, 2017

Remember that old philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? A modern version of that question might be: If data exists but no one is able to find it again or make sense of it, does it have value?

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Machine Learning AI
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3 Challenges of Storing Billions of Files Beyond Big Data

By Tammy Batey on March 6, 2017

Big data? Make that massive data. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive

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