StrongBox: Cost-Effective Storage for Long-Term Data Preservation
Data is exploding across the digital universe faster than ever before. While new information may need to be preserved for 2 or 20 years, data always needs to be accessible and accurate. StrongBox solves data storage and protection challenges at a low cost while keeping your files fully accessible and simplifying long-term preservation.
StrongBox Key Benefits:
- Reduces TCO and controls storage costs
- Provides an always-online file system as an easy-to-use NAS solution
- Ensures the long-term protection of business-critical data
- Delivers tunable performance for data accessibility
- Closes the gap between data growth and budget availability
What is StrongBox?
StrongBox is a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content. By pairing a flexible, policy-driven disk cache with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers you to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability.
StrongBox delivers always-online storage with the performance of disk and the economics of tape.
Access data online, all the time
When you need access to your data, you don’t want to wait. StrongBox provides an always online file system that supports multiple, simultaneous requests. 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. With unique performance tuning, you can customize data availability to meet specific business needs.
Reduce storage TCO
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. As a protected archive for fixed data, StrongBox helps reduce additional storage investments while optimizing your infrastructure with policy-driven, automated tiering that matches performance and accessibility with business need.
Grow your archive with low-cost scalability
Data grows exponentially – budgets don’t. With StrongBox and LTO/LTFS storage, you can scale storage as needed, without significant budget increases.
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 appliance that is simple to deploy. Seamlessly connecting to the network via GbE or 10GbE, StrongBox presents stored data just like a standard network share.
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 and preserve data with long-term reliability
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.
Build a sustainable active archive
StrongBox is the turnkey solution component for active archive architectures in which your archival 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.
Discover how StrongBox works best in your storage environment by choosing one of these key use cases.
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 Options (for libraries and external RAID): Dual port 6 Gb/s SAS, Dual port 8 Gb/s FC
LTO 5 & LTO 6
CIFS SMB1- Windows
Option: 1 or 2 Quad port Gigabit Ethernet for data
Storage Options (for libraries and external RAID): 1-3 Dual port 6 Gb/s SAS, 1-3 Dual port 8 Gb/s FC
LTO 5 & LTO 6
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 & 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.
- 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? [UK]
- LTFS Takes Tape to the Next Level
- Taming Big Data: A Guide to Long-term, Low-cost Preservation
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