Finding a single file or object — or a set of files and objects — that may be needed for a business project, or to respond to a legal or regulatory information request, or to provide the raw material for a big data analytics initiative is becoming a more and more onerous task, especially as data amasses in the exabyte and zettabyte range both in clouds and large data centers.
Flash arrays will not expedite search and retrieval significantly, nor will faster networks or interconnects. The only real solution is to do a better job of classifying and labeling all files with highly granular metadata that can be used to sort through the burgeon and retrieve the right files and objects in a more precise way.
Only, no one really wants to spend the time it would take to manually sort through the data storage junk drawer or to modify older data on a file by file basis. Object storage holds potential for helping to add management structure to data, but organizations are hesitating to abandon older file systems – mainly because of the user re-training and new application workflow integration that would be required to transition to the new model.
What is needed is a way to perform efficient search and retrieval across a heterogeneous mixture of file and object systems using metadata that is already provided and metadata that can be intuited and applied to files and objects by automated cognitive computing processes. Maintain the index of all data files and objects, and their metadata, in a global namespace and leverage the latest search algorithms to retrieve what you need anytime from anywhere the data is physically stored.
StrongLink in a Nutshell
With StrongLinkTM, the first cognitive data management platform, all data is added automatically to a global namespace. Accesses and updates to the data is monitored by a policy engine that can augment discrete metadata automatically both to provide richer, more granular data classification and also to ensure that the data is hosted on hardware and accessible by networks and links that deliver the greatest access efficiency… and hosting cost metrics.
The StrongLink global namespace, cognitive metadata management functionality, and adaptive search capabilities have made this platform the market leader for businesses that are concerned about facilitating data access to drive maximal business value while at the same time bending the storage cost curve.