In the age of big data, companies need a robust and reliable storage platform. The key to Big data lies in data analysis. This trend leads to users wanting to have an extensive storage system to store and manage the vast amounts of data to study such large volumes. All these types of storage must certainly propose a plan with a reliable, scalable, and ultra-high performance to finally facilitate its analysis. Thanks to the vast amount of data stored, companies can better serve their customers and increase their productivity. However, any information does not necessarily create value for companies. Some data is useless or of no interest to the company; others not reliable enough. Therefore, we attribute a strategic value to data, and companies will have to find the best way to structure all this information. Well-structured and well-managed information can effectively become a real competitive advantage and make a difference in the market. Therefore storage solutions must be efficient and effective and provide the following characteristics:
- Easy access to data:
Businesses want to save and share data with minimal setup and management time. Companies also want to be able to perform cost-effective multi-protocol data management and reduce total cost. Companies are looking for a solution that can quickly and easily integrate into the leading existing IT solutions in such conditions. In other words, they need network support protocols that include virtualization support for direct access to data with a single account and syncing files across multiple devices to facilitate project collaboration.
- High scalability:
Storage needs and requirements are growing more dynamically and exponentially, and that is why it is very difficult, almost impossible, to predict companies’ storage needs. With all this, companies, therefore, need high scalability that allows them the possibility of investing in a solution and paying according to their growth to maximize said investment. If for a business, the option of high scalability is so important, it is even more so to avoid a service interruption. For this, the ability to scale-out storage becomes a vital issue.
- High availability:
Typically, businesses store data and cannot afford to be without access to their data for hours or days while a “full recovery” is underway. For this reason, companies will need functionality that provides reliability, such as hardware redundancy, flexibility in data protection plans, and failover server solutions.
In the case of Synology, DSM, which is the operating system of our NAS, for example, is compatible with ODX to download the resources necessary on the host server to the Synology NAS, thus reducing the network traffic of the client-server and the CPU usage while improving the speed of transferring extensive data in both physical and virtual environments.
Plus, with Synology’s innovative cloning technology, Synology’s DSM can deliver up to 10x performance improvement and save up to 99.9% storage space. Likewise, the TRIM SSD technology improves data rewriting efficiency and prolongs the life of the SSD. Synology’s High Availability (SHA) is also evolving with new hardware and cluster management wizard and supporting Link Aggregation and VLANs.
With all of this, Synology’s DiskStation and RackStation will take full advantage of Windows Server 2012 enhancements to address critical challenges around virtualization, cloud computing, and extensive data management. The goal is to help enterprise IT administrators create dynamic data centers and cloud infrastructures that provide high availability and agility.