StrongBox: The Ultimate Storage Solution for Unstructured Data
Data is exploding across the digital universe faster than ever before. While new information may need to be preserved for two, 20 years or indefinitely, data always needs to be accessible and secure. StrongBox solves data storage and protection challenges while meeting your budget goals.
StrongBox Key Benefits:
- Controls storage costs and reduces TCO by more than 50%
- Provides online, nearline and archive storage with one simple-to-manage solution
- Ensures the long-term protection of files and objects
- Eliminates the need for backup of fixed content
- Delivers tunable performance to meet your application workflow
- Closes the gap between data growth and budget availability
- Provides tape economics as an LTFS-based solution
What is StrongBox?
StrongBox is a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance built to simplify data access and provide the most cost-effective storage for unstructured data. StrongBox ensures complete data protection for all of your online, nearline and archive storage needs. Combining flexible, policy-driven performance with cost-effective Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage expenses without sacrificing data availability, limiting scalability or adding complexity.
StrongBox is the ultimate storage solution for unstructured data.
Performance Defined Storage
StrongBox's intelligent storage management provides the right performance to meet your applications and workflow requirements while maximizing cost savings to meet your budget. Create your perfect balance of storage performance and economics by fusing storage technologies (SSD, HDD and tape) into a seamless tier of storage.
Access data to meet business needs
When you need access to your data, you don't want to wait. StrongBox's unique policy tuning balances data availability with system efficiency. Users have a persistent view of all files and objects so that data can be recalled simply when needed.
Deploy with existing architecture
Connecting to the network via standard NFS, CIFS or S3 protocols, StrongBox provides an easy point for applications and users to access data directly as a standard file system, no special applications or agents needed. With a RESTful API and host of intrinsic tools for application integration, StrongBox can be deployed with your existing resources or as a stand-alone solution.
Scale file or object storage at the lowest cost
StrongBox provides file and/or object storage to provide the best of both worlds in one solution. Using the standard S3 protocol, users now have the ability to benefit from low-cost tape media for object storage efficiency, blended with the performance of disk to store or access data anywhere, at any time.
Control storage costs and reduce TCO
Data grows exponentially - budgets don't. With StrongBox and LTO/LTFS tape, you can scale storage as needed using the library of your choice or even add multiple tape libraries to increase storage capacity seamlessly managed behind a single StrongBox. Users can add FC/SAS disk arrays, such as StrongBox XpanDisk, to increase the nearline storage capacity.
Minimize data center costs by leveraging low-power, low-cost LTFS media for long-term assets. StrongBox keeps data center power requirements low, reducing operational costs by up to 95 percent.
Stay in control of your data with LTFS and LTO - no vendor lock-in
You stay in control of your data with StrongBox. By leveraging the open standard LTFS technology, StrongBox writes data in a non-proprietary format and makes no modifications to files or metadata. A StrongBox system is not required to read data written by StrongBox - tapes can be exported and read by any LTFS drive.
Protect Data On and Offsite
Storage is fundamental, but ensuring that data can be retrieved is key to a successful IT infrastructure. StrongBox protects data on multiple fronts so that you can be confident that data written is recoverable in time of need. You can protect data offsite by replicating to a secondary StrongBox or writing data to an offsite library.
Key data integrity and protection features include:
- Pass-through tape encryption
- File integrity check with HASH code validation
- Intuitive system monitoring and health checks
- Proactive self-healing
StrongBox provides touchless tape management by writing to multiple libraries, no manual involvement needed.
Simplify storage infrastructure with an easy-to-use solution
Unlike complex storage systems that require hours of configuration and training, StrongBox is a plug-and-play NAS appliance that is simple to deploy. Connecting to the network via GbE or 10GbE, StrongBox presents stored data just like a standard network share.
Build a sustainable active archive
StrongBox empowers an active archive architecture in which all data remains available without high operating costs or bogging down network resources. StrongBox is energy efficient to help you meet Green IT initiatives, not to mention reduces your cost for power by up to 95 percent.
StrongBox is easily configured and connected to your network. File transfers are managed via standard NFS, CIFS or S3 protocols. StrongBox uses an open SQL database to store and retrieve each file’s metadata, allowing the system to scale to billions of files with multiple copies for data protection. StrongBox is delivered as an appliance and connects to the host network via GbE or 10GbE. Simple connectivity to the tape system is accomplished via SAN (8Gb Fibre Channel) or directly with SAS. With two flexible models, businesses are empowered to choose the solution that works best and know that as a core capability, StrongBox can scale as needed with business growth.
(Supported LTFS Tape Drives)
4TB Drive Option - Includes 4 x 4TB disk drives (RAID5, ~10.6TB Usable Disk Storage)
6TB Drive Option - Includes 4 x 6TB disk drives (RAID5, ~16.1TB Usable Disk Storage)
Storage Options (for libraries and external RAID): Dual port 6 Gb/s SAS, Dual port 8 Gb/s FC
LTO 5 & LTO 6
4TB Drive Option - Includes 16 x 4TB disk drives (RAID6, ~43.4TB Usable Disk Storage)
6TB Drive Option - Includes 16 x 6TB disk drives (RAID6, ~65.2TB Usable Disk Storage)
Option: 1 or 2 Quad port Gigabit Ethernet or 1 Dual port 10 Gigabit Ethernet for data
Storage Options (for libraries and external RAID): 1 or 2 Quad port 6 Gb/s SAS, 1 or 2 Quad port 8 Gb/s FC
Single port 6Gb/s SAS for StrongBox XpanDisk
LTO 5 & LTO 6
Business Use Cases for the StrongBox Solution
Cost-effective long-term preservation
The explosion of digital information puts ever-increasing pressure on IT teams to do more with less. In a world where “keep everything, forever” is the mantra of many, new archiving and protection strategies that deliver lower costs and simpler management become imperative.
StrongBox provides a new way to leverage cost-effective LTFS tape media as a fully accessible, online storage solution.
Discover the opportunities to:
- Reduce TCO
- Simplify long-term retention and management
- Protect data with long-term reliability
- Access data seamlessly from a shared NAS
Alleviate backup using StrongBox
Up to 90 percent of enterprise data isn’t accessed more than once, but still needs to be stored and protected long term. Protection typically involves backing up data to meet disaster recovery needs. But, inactive data that remains on primary storage media devours costly network, computing and power resources, while bogging down backup processes and straining the overall infrastructure.
Now you can simplify your backup process by moving fixed content into a StrongBox. StrongBox data is automatically protected, meaning that it doesn’t need to be backed up.
- Remove 50-80% of data from your backup cycles
- Protect data automatically
- Maintain access to data, unlike traditional offline backup copies
- Meet backup window and SLAs
The Resource Center is your one-stop location for all StrongBox data sheets, case studies, white papers and videos. Browse the documents and videos below to learn more about the StrongBox, or fill out the form on the right to inquire further.
- StrongBox Datasheet [EU] [DE]
- StrongBox DataManager Datasheet [EU] [DE]
- StrongBox XpanDisk Datasheet [EU]
- StrongBox VSeries Datasheet [EU] [DE]
- FileStor-HSM [EU]
- A Hybrid NAS for Unstructured Data
- Why StrongBox Beats Disk for Long-Term Archiving
- Beating the File Storage Death Spiral
- If Disk Were Free, You’d Still Want Tape
- The 3 Problems with Adding Capacity to NAS – And How to Solve Them
- LTFS Hits the Mark in Media and Entertainment
- Unstructured Data, Meet Tape Archiving Efficiency – Higher Education
- How Tape Can Fix The Unstructured Backup Problem
- Strategies to Control Data Growth for Government
- Can NAS be fast like disk and cheap like tape? Yes - Read the White Paper to find out how!
- The New Archive Workflow: Accessible, Online and Protected
- ClipperGroup Navigator: Crossroads Strongbox Simplifies Data Protection
- Lowering Long - term Archive Storage Costs with Crossroads Systems StrongBox
- What is LTFS? [EU]
- LTFS Takes Tape to the Next Level
- Taming Big Data: A Guide to Long-term, Low-cost Preservation
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