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HYDRAstor - Scale-out Global Deduplication Storage for a new age [3:54]

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In the 21st Century businesses have one thing in common.
They create a never-ending stream of digital data.
TLC Engineering for Architecture, headquartered in Florida, uses complex 3D workstations to design everything from tower blocks to airports.
These huge digital drawings are the lifeblood of the company.

Bob Wheeler MCSE, CNE PRINCIPAL AND DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, TLC :
“Frequently we will have clients come back and say “remember that building that we designed 10 years ago? We’re going to expand that building.” And so we have a need to go back to those original drawing files…”

Massive data growth increases complexity, risk of data loss, and management burden.

THE CHALLENGE
This data must be stored, managed and protected to meet rigorous compliance requirements – while remaining cost-effective.

This growing volume of data must be backed up on a daily basis.
Historically this archive and backup process was done using tape.

Scott Ashton NETWORKING SPECIALIST TLC :
“Our tape strategy was to do a full tape backup every single night, Monday through Friday, whether the data had changed or not”.

Backing up files to tape was a painstaking and lengthy process – and if there was data loss, recovery was even worse.

Scott Ashton NETWORKING SPECIALIST TLC :
“I’ve seen the restore process take anywhere from an hour or two up to a week, two weeks sometimes, depending on where the tape physically is located.

Data volumes are increasing, while the time to backup and restore is shrinking.
But this situation is a worry of the past, thanks to NEC.

THE SOLUTION
NEC has created a revolutionary grid storage platform known as HYDRAstor. It is the first unified disk storage architecture optimized for backup and archive data on the same platform.

And it changes traditional backup and archiving storage rules – resolving the fundamental challenges – of complexity, and performance.

THE TECHNOLOGY
Traditionally, companies have wasted massive storage space by backing up and archiving redundant data files day after day.

HYDRAstor solves this problem by cutting the backup, restore and archive time in half, and reducing storage capacity requirements by 95% or more. It does this through a patent-pending NEC technology called DataRedux which eliminates duplicate data within and across multiple data streams.

Change just one chart in an existing file? HYDRAstor stores only that one change. Sending an email to 3,000 employees? HYDRAstor stores that email just once.

With DateRedux, 20 terabytes worth of data can now fit on 1 terabyte of physical storage space.

THE BENEFITS
To a company like TLC, HYDRAstor changes everything.

Scott Ashton NETWORKING SPECIALIST TLC :
“We have 5 racks of equipment and we could basically condense that down into half of a rack of equipment using the HYDRAstor so our footprint definitely decreases and that has an impact on real estate, the air conditioning, the data center, heating, electrical power requirements and so on ..”

Backed by the innovation and reliability of NEC, HYDRAstor is leading data backup and archive into the new century.

Karen Dutch General Manager Corporate Marketing NEC Corporation of America :
“HYDRAstor is truly a next generation technology . . because here for the first time they see a vendor that is really stepping up to the plate to address the bigger IT challenges which are around – complexity, productivity, and costs.”

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When Less Is More: the HYDRAstor solution for scalable data storage and management

All modern businesses have one thing in common ― they produce a never-ending stream of digital data. Every year, archives grow larger and more complex, demand more management attention, and pose greater risks in the event of loss.

The problem is particularly serious for firms like Florida-based TLC Engineering for Architecture, where they design everything from tower blocks to airports, and digital drawings are the lifeblood of the company. "Frequently, we will have clients come back and say ‘Remember that building we designed 10 years ago? We’re going to expand that building,’” says TLC Principal and Director of Information Technology, Bob Wheeler. “So we have a need to go back to those original drawings."

At companies around the world, the number and complexity of files that must be backed up and archived every day is growing exponentially. Backup and storage of data takes time, yet files must be secure and always ready for retrieval on demand. At TLC, the former storage process of daily backups on tape eventually became too unwieldy and couldn’t support current business requirements. "Our tape strategy was to do a full tape backup every single night, Monday through Friday, whether the data had changed or not," says Scott Ashton, a networking specialist at TLC. "I’ve seen the restore process take anywhere from an hour or two, or up to a week or two weeks, sometimes, depending on where the tape is physically located." After carefully weighing the alternatives, the solution TLC adopted was NEC’s HYDRAstor.

As the first unified, disk-based storage architecture optimized for both backup and archive data, HYDRAstor changes traditional backup and archive storage rules to resolve the challenges of complexity, scalability, cost and performance. The traditional daily process of backing up redundant data on tapes wastes time and space. But HYDRAstor overcomes this challenge with a patent-pending NEC data reduction technology called DataRedux, which backs up a file only once, and from then monitors and tracks only the changes that are made to the file. HYDRAstor eliminates duplicate data within and across multiple data streams, so an email sent to 3000 employees can be stored just once. In fact, DataRedux can reduce storage capacity requirements by as much as 95%.

For TLC, HYDRAstor has changed everything, enabling them to condense 5 racks of storage equipment down into half a rack, reducing their data center footprint, electrical power requirements, and air conditioning needs.

Furthermore, HYDRAstor meets these demands for data security and accessibility with a grid architecture that can allow data to be distributed across nodes around the globe, providing disaster-resilient storage that allows complete data restoration from any node on the grid.

HYDRAstor’s grid architecture also assures unrestricted scalability and a self-evolving system that protects the customer's investment and eliminates future data migration worries. It’s just one more example of how NEC is helping companies around the world address the IT challenges of complexity, productivity, and cost.


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