Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Storage requirements just grow

Imagine if every memory since the beginning of the human race had been saved, how much storage would that take? To generations in the future it might seem that humanity had a sudden spark of collective memories since almost every piece of data is going to be stored for all time, and for all the future generations to research. According to the European Court there is not a “right to be forgotten”

"A ruling this morning from the European Court of Justice has said that Google does not have to delete personal data from its search index, in a case that could have huge ramifications for web privacy and the so-called 'right to be forgotten.” From the article: EU Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen said ‘Google and other search engines are not subject to privacy requirements under current European data protection law. Search engine service providers are not responsible, on the basis of the Data Protection Directive, for personal data appearing on web pages they process,’ he said in his official ruling, published by the court. He went on to explain that based on current laws citizens do not have a right to be removed from search indexes within the framework of the Data Protection Directive. ‘The Directive does not establish a general "right to be forgotten." Such a right cannot therefore be invoked against search engine service providers on the basis of the Directive,' he said.

As a Data Storage company, this court decision signals growth in our sector and we are looking at ways to help our global customers  cope with the data storage explosion that is coming. If all data can be stored forever, there is going to have to be some standards emerging on how to keep and search the archaic data that all governments, companies and families will be keeping. Proprietary solutions, by their very nature, are not going to be the standards and so there are going to be an emerging set of LINUX and open source archiving tools and standards that everyone can use. 

Encryption tools will also be standardized, and there will be digital lock smiths emerging that can open “data safes” of information. There are many unforeseen business opportunities that are going to emerge as data grows; history has a way of repeating itself and the data explosion will create completely new business sectors. 

Today Zerowait’s main businesses are the independent support of NetApp equipment and the sales and service of our SimplStor line of open source archival storage.  As storage grows it will continue to commoditize and we are going to be adding tool sets to help our clients manage and mine their data and provide other services to them.

The European Court has ensured that data storage is going to grow even faster, that ‘Big Data’ will be everywhere, and Zerowait is positioned to help organizations handle the growth of storage without breaking their  budgets.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Storage for Video Surveillance is hot!

Last week I was in Phoenix and Tucson visiting some of our customers and trying to help them solve their storage issues. A subset of our customers has instituted video monitoring of their premises for a variety of reasons. Many of these folks start  by  pointing their cameras data at their NetApp Filers as a simple way of storing data, but as the data collection increases over time they find that using Filers as a video vault is expensive.

Over the last few months we have been working with an increasing number of clients to help them implement our SimplStor hardware as an affordable video vault solution. SimplStor provides an affordable solution for video archiving, and easily scales up as customer storage requirements grow. Therefore  our customers are migrating their secondary data from their Filers  to SimplStor, this allows their Filers to serve up VM’s and databases and  other priority jobs without forcing them to upgrade to the latest and most expensive NetApp equipment. 

As the economy continues to muddle through with a moribund 2% growth rate IT departments need to find ways to handle their data storage requirements on a tightening  budget. Zerowait has the expertise and experience to  help customers maintain their legacy NetApp equipment and also assist them in their data migrations of secondary storage  to lower cost mass storage solutions like SimplStor. 

In many organizations storage is growing but budgets are not. How are you going to provide your organization’s growing storage requirements without breaking your budget with equipment from the big OEM’s?  Zerowait has the answer.