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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.

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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.

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How Igneous Optimizes Data Movement

By Lily Bowdler on August 22, 2018

Our co-founder and Architect, Byron Rakitzis, recently wrote an article over at DZone called "Parallelizing MD5 Checksum Computation to Speed Up S3-Compatible Data Movement."

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How Igneous Selects Weekly Release Candidates for Production

By Rob Homan on August 14, 2018

Streaming out a weekly software update brings joy to customers and engineers alike. Customers receive cutting-edge features and timely bug fixes, while engineers transform bright ideas into production realities with minimal turnaround.

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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.

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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.

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Moving to Cloud? Here's How a Hybrid Approach Can Help

By Michael Le on May 8, 2018

Today, the growth of unstructured data is scaling beyond what traditional legacy storage and backup softwares were designed for. While advances in cloud architecture from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud present solutions for managing enterprise data, many enterprises face obstacles to adopting cloud and stick with legacy storage and backup software as a result.

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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.

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New Feature: Enable Secure Auto-Discovery of Exports in NetApp with Certificate-Based Authentication

By Dustin Harris on January 24, 2018

Enterprise IT must balance the need to support the business and application requirements and the need to protect the data. Administrators must not only serve the needs of users, but also serve the data protection needs of the organization. 

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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.

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Streamline Secondary Storage for Unstructured Data with Policy-Driven Data Management

By Christian Smith on January 9, 2018

Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud provides backup and archive for massive unstructured file data. A typical use case is backup and archive of data from primary NAS systems, with optional tiering to public cloud.

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Zero-Touch Infrastructure™: Hands-off Backup and Archive in Your Datacenter

By Christian Smith on January 2, 2018

We use the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure a lot to describe the ease of management our customers experience with our as-a-Service delivery. Often, this term is met with confusion: How can backup and archive really be “Zero-Touch”?

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How Igneous Solves the Problem of Data Movement for Large Datasets

By Jeff Hughes on December 5, 2017

Getting data from where it is to where it needs to be sounds simple in concept, but becomes a big issue when your datasets are very large. Though the aspect that most often comes to mind is moving across geographies, different formats and impact to primary systems play equally challenging roles. Yet moving data well is a key function required for backup, archive, and cloud tiering.

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Three Benefits of Cloud-Native Architecture

By Jeff Hughes on November 28, 2017

When we started Igneous, we set out to solve the problems of legacy software architectures, which weren’t particularly scalable, resilient, or agile. That’s why Igneous is built with a cloud-native architecture, enabling enterprises to harness the power of cloud wherever their data lives.

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New Feature: Protect Data with Write Once Read Many (WORM) for Backup and Archive

By Christian Smith on November 9, 2017

Businesses are required to keep data for regulatory, compliance, or legal reasons. Despite backup retention policies built into many legacy backup software packages, administrators often have the ability to inadvertently delete or modify data governed by higher-level business requirements, either by changing policy in the backup software or potentially bypassing the backup software and accessing the underlying storage directly.

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New Feature: Increase Data Throughput with Network Data Compression

By Catherine Chiang on November 3, 2017

When moving large amounts of data between datacenters and/or public cloud, the amount of bandwidth in the datacenter often exceeds the bandwidth between datacenters, limiting throughput and speed of data movement.

To accommodate this bandwidth imbalance, Igneous recently released a new feature: network data compression, which enables customers using our Remote Service Router to compress data traversing their wide area network (WAN).

What does this mean for customers? Let’s break it down.

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New Feature: Cut Costs By Archiving Snapshots to Igneous

By Andy Pernsteiner on October 31, 2017

NAS snapshots revolutionized the data protection industry. Long gone are the days of calling up the backup admin to ask for last night’s copy of the data. In addition, snapshots seemed like a virtually free way to protect data—enterprises could theoretically take as many as they wanted and keep them around for as long as they wanted.

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Video: Public Cloud Tiering through Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Lily Bowdler on September 6, 2017

In this demo video, I walk through how to use Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud to manage backup and restore of data to and from your NAS, and how to search for files across Igneous on-premises storage and public 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.

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Scale-Out Architecture: What Scales, What Doesn’t & How to Tell the Difference

By Tammy Batey on August 8, 2017

Bottleneck elimination. Seamless horizontal scalability. Cost predictability. Capacity without logical limits. Forklift upgrade avoidance. IT professionals offer different takes on the benefits of scale-out architecture.

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Protect Your Data from Ransomware Attacks

By Andy Pernsteiner on May 16, 2017

Even before the events of this past week, ransomware attacks worried many IT professionals. It’s been a hot topic since 2013, when CryptoLocker spread, encrypted files on infected users’ hard drives and network shares, and the attacker demanded that ransoms be paid via BitCoin to decrypt the files.

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Igneous Recognized as Gartner Cool Vendor

By Steve Pao on May 16, 2017

We're excited to be included in the "Gartner Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2017" report this year! In this report, Gartner reviewed the underlying Igneous Storage architecture that forms the basis of our secondary storage platform, which is designed to backup and archive massive file systems.

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Cloud-Native Services—The Good, The Bad, The Best

By Christian Smith on November 8, 2016

In the early days of the company, one of our biggest debates was whether the core of our architecture should be a POSIX-compliant data tier or a modern key-value store. Back then (and for that matter, even today!) a vast majority of workflows depended on a legacy POSIX interface to storage.  

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Extensible Data Path Architecture — A Bright Future for Your Data

By Jeff Hughes on November 1, 2016

Previously, I presented the details of our underlying RatioPerfect™ architecture and how that allows us to deliver a platform for your data that is free of I/O bottlenecks and truly a fail-in-place model. Today, I’d like to talk about our software architecture, in particular how it allows for an extensible data path.

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A Fail-in-Place Platform—RatioPerfect™ Every Time

By Jeff Hughes on October 25, 2016

We have previously described our vision around Zero-Touch Infrastructure™, the first of two key architectural components that enable us to deliver on the promise of a True Cloud for Local Data.  In this article, I will expand on the second key architectural component which is on-premises appliances are truly able to be a fail-in-place platform.

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Cloud-Managed, On-Premises Data With Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

By Christian Smith on October 10, 2016

We coined the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure™ in the earliest days of the company. Looking back at my notes, the earliest mention of this term was in an internal blog I wrote on December 4, 2013, less than 40 days from when we got started.

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Finding My Data

By Christian Smith on October 21, 2015

As anyone who knows me knows, I hate traffic. Which is why the Waze app caught my eye. The moving map is amazingly accurate regarding traffic congestion, accidents, and police locations.

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Erasure Codes…the Igneous way.

By Christian Smith on September 2, 2015

Is RAID dead?  A quick Google search indicates it might be, at least for Big Storage.  Why?

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Failure is the New Normal

By Jeff Hughes on August 4, 2015

Have you noticed how the approach to failure in computing has changed radically over the past few years? Good thing it has!

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