The Data Archiving Solution for File Protection and Accessibility
The explosion of digital data propels the need for scalable, simplified data archiving solutions. Data may need to be kept for 2 or 20 years, but it always needs to be accessible and accurate. The Crossroads StrongBox® archive solution simplifies your archive, protects business-critical data and delivers significant cost savings for long-term archiving.
What is StrongBox?
StrongBox is a shared storage solution purpose-built for data archiving and preservation. Using Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology and intelligent storage architecture with standard file systems (CIFS/NFS), StrongBox empowers online, all the time file availability with uncompromised data protection, full data mobility, non-proprietary file storage and significant cost-savings. StrongBox unifies your archive - past and present - while providing seamless scalability and reliability for the future.
By giving end-users direct access to the archive, StrongBox enhances workflow and operations while eliminating latency and reducing manual IT involvement. Click on a value proposition below to learn how StrongBox delivers:
When you need access to your data, you don’t want to wait. Driven by business needs or regulatory compliance, StrongBox empowers real-time data access, without heavy dependence on IT resources. With StrongBox and LTFS, tape is transformed from a rigid single point of access into an online file system supporting multiple access points with rapid, simultaneous queries. Data is never offline and users have a persistent view of all files in the archive, improving efficiency and maximizing the IT investment. Access is as simple as point and click from a standard file system.
Vendor lock-in is eliminated, allowing you to take control of your data. LTFS is non-proprietary and tapes written with LTFS are readable by any LTFS drive. StrongBox is the only truly vendor neutral LTFS archive, requiring no agents, software or applications to access data. By using LTFS and LTO media, StrongBox guarantees the accessibility of your content for the entire data life span, whether 3 or 30 years. Compatible with most file-based applications and tape libraries, StrongBox integrates easily with existing datacenter components to allow companies to deploy best-in-breed solutions for the most efficient and effective storage infrastructure possible.
Empower your data to move fast – just like your business. StrongBox joins the reliability and economy of tape with the accessibility of disk in one shared storage solution. Functioning as standard network-attached storage (NAS) with the ability to mount CIFS/NFS file shares, StrongBox provides a persistent view of all files in the archive and allows simultaneous operations (read and write) for multiple users.
As a truly enterprise-class archive, StrongBox is purpose-built to handle many simultaneous operations in data-intensive environments. The intelligent architecture with disk enables the system to cache files and prioritize operations so that drive resources are available when a user or application requests a file. Flexible, user-generated policies enable a streamlined flow of data to multiple access points while IT operations remain transparent to end users. Essentially, StrongBox empowers tape to look and act like disk, but with benefits of low cost, high reliability and long-term scalability.
Get the most out of your archive performance with the Enhanced Data Performance software module. Flexible user-generated policies simplify and streamline data flow, optimizing performance for application and data-intensive environments.
- File retention empowers policy-based data management capabilities to hold data on the disk cache for faster or repeated access.
- Configurable data flow management policies enable StrongBox to operate like Tier 2 NAS for active archiving.
Share data among different users, platforms and locations with simple LTO tape export or through WAN accelerated data replication. Enabling partnership between creators, producers and editors of file content, StrongBox facilitates file sharing, with no agents or special software required.
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 to the archive is recoverable in time of need. This protected data archive solution helps eliminate redundant backups as secure archival data does not need to be backed up.
Deliver insight into archive usage and operations of physical storage systems to optimize resource use. Detailed metrics comparison and drill-down analyses of selected parameters provide valuable insight into the archiving environment and resource utilization.
- Dynamic reporting shows live views as well as historic data sets collected from the library, drives, and tapes to analyze and compare data points and identify potential problem areas.
- Export database CSV files for an easy-to-manipulate spreadsheet of system metrics reports.
By integrating with standard file systems (NFS/CIFS), StrongBox presents a simplified plug-and-play addition to your current environment. Once installed the system requires minimal IT involvement while complex operations are automated.
Traditional tape storage required manual action to retrieve files from the archive. With StrongBox, end-users can access files stored in on the LTFS medium straight from a workstation. It’s as simple as point and click from a standard file system, like MAC Finder or Window’s Explorer. StrongBox looks just like a standard drive and no manual IT resources are needed for file access and storage.
Data grows exponentially – budgets don’t. StrongBox now provides the capacity to scale as needed for the future, building a long-term archive that expands as business grows - from 500,000 up to 2 billion files. To meet the need for long-term storage, simply add new media, drives or disks to StrongBox. As additional devices are added, StrongBox automatically detects and integrates them into its environment, reducing manual processes needed in order to scale.
Tech Specs Overview:
- LTFS/ LTO Archive
- NAS Functionality
- NFS and CIFS Connectivity
- 3 Flexible Platforms
- 35 TB to 35 PB Capacity
StrongBox is easily configured and connected to your network with the ability to mount standard CIFS/NFS file shares. 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 three flexible models, businesses are empowered to choose the archive solution that works best and know that as a core capability, StrongBox can scale as needed with business growth.
CIFS SMB1 - Windows
Storage (for libraries and external RAID): Dual port 6 Gb/s SAS, Dual port 8 Gb/s FC
LTO 5 & 6
IBM TS1140 (Jaguar)
CIFS SMB1- Windows
Option: 1 or 2 Quad port Gigabit Ethernet for data
Storage Options (for libraries and external RAID): 1 or 3 Dual port 6 Gb/s SAS, 1 or 3 Dual port 8 Gb/s FC
LTO 5 & 6
IBM TS1140 (Jaguar)
CIFS SMB1- Windows
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
LTO 5 & 6
IBM TS1140 (Jaguar)
Business Use-Cases for Data Archiving
StrongBox accelerates your business. Expanding data retention requirements drive the need for businesses to store their mission-critical files for longer periods of time. As a flexible active archive appliance, StrongBox delivers instant data access and cost-savings that make it an ideal protected, long-term archive.
Organizations faced with the challenges of large data volume storage and management can employ StrongBox as a scalable Tier 3 data repository. By offloading inactive data from costly, high-performance disk into StrongBox, users can reduce expenses and improve efficiency without heavy dependence on IT resources to store and access archive data.
Staying connected to your data is crucial for seamless operations. By empowering tape to look and act like network-attached storage (NAS), StrongBox is a low cost tape-as-NAS archive that keeps data actively available and online, all the time.
User-set policies allow StrongBox to be utilized as Tier2 NAS. Active projects can remain on the disk cache for rapid access. Unlike an HSM solution, files are always protected in the LTFS medium, eliminating the risk of data loss during transfer between tiers.
With advanced data protection features, StrongBox provides data preservation at the file level while reducing the need for backups. By making multiple copies of data on two separate pieces of tape media, long-term files are protected, moved off primary storage and no longer need to be backed up.
To effectively manage data across high-performance servers and StrongBox, FileStor-HSM can be used with StrongBox to provide intelligent, policy-based data migration. Scaling with organizational needs, FileStor-HSM works with your storage architecture to deliver files to StrongBox, the Cloud or other NAS.
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StrongBox is a shared storage solution purpose-built for data archival and preservation. Using Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology and intelligent storage architecture with standard file systems (CIFS/NFS), StrongBox empowers online, all the time file availability with uncompromised data protection, full data mobility, non-proprietary file storage and significant cost-savings. StrongBox unifies your archive - past and present - while providing seamless scalability and reliability for the future.
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