Hammerspace Announces New Tape Integration in Global Data Environment

January 16, 2024

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 16, 2024 — Hammerspace, the company orchestrating the Next Data Cycle, today announced that its Global Data Environment software now incorporates data on any storage option – from flash, NAS, object, cloud and now, tape.

Hammerspace provides organizations with a software-defined, high-performance parallel global file system that provides standards-based file access across any existing third-party storage, coupled with automated data orchestration to place data in the optimal storage media type or geographic location to meet latency, performance and cost requirements.

Together with technology partners Grau Data, PoINT Software & Systems and QStar Technologies, Hammerspace now enables organizations to present data on tape, along with data on any other storage type, in an active global namespace via the Hammerspace Global Data Environment.

The expansion of Hammerspace third-party storage support to include tape greatly benefits high-performance computing, media and entertainment, government and enterprises with large data sets stored on large tape systems to meet economic, power efficiency and ransomware protection goals. Now, such data will be accessible via Hammerspace, to enable users and applications seamless visibility and standards-based file access across silos to all their data, no matter which storage type or location it is stored. In this way, Hammerspace delivers the experience of high-performance local access to data that may live on any storage type, in one or multiple storage silos and locations, including on-premises and cloud storage.

When combined with Hammerspace software, data on tape is always available and active, with the ability to support high-performance file access with any combination of existing or new storage platforms from any vendor without the need for proprietary clients. Benefits of the integrated tape solution include:

  • Global access and control of data across all silos and locations: This increases user efficiency and reduces IT operational complexity, providing the experience of a single globally available dataset even across otherwise incompatible storage silos.
  • Scalable storage for large datasets: With datasets growing to multiple petabytes, the addition of tape support greatly enhances the ability of organizations to cost-effectively scale storage for long-term archive.
  • Strengthened governance, security and compliance: Tape enables organizations to retain control over their archive data and its security by storing it “in-house.” Further, the air gap characteristic of tape provides resilience against cyberattacks.
  • Cost-effective solution: Bringing tape into an organization’s environment for specific datasets can lower operating and energy costs.
  • Support for Corporate ESG Initiatives with “Green” Storage: For organizations with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, storing inactive data on tape helps to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

“IT budgets are continually pressed to create, retain, analyze and use ever-increasing capacities of unstructured data. When I founded the Active Archive Alliance nearly 15 years ago, the industry was coming together to bring tape data to applications in a standard file format instead of being buried within a proprietary format in a backup file,” said Molly Presley, SVP of Global Marketing for Hammerspace. “Now, with the advancements at Hammerspace, we have taken another massive step forward in putting ALL data to work in a single active global file system, delivering performance, access and collaboration to AI models, applications and users anywhere, using data, everywhere. No other solution in the industry provides organizations access to their data when and where they need it. Hammerspace delivers a massive competitive differentiator in providing data at the speed of the largest GPU compute environments from any storage silo located anywhere.”

Field CTO Office Hours

Hammerspace is introducing a live monthly webinar series called “Field CTO Office Hours,” where attendees can speak with our Field CTO team to learn more about Hammerspace’s software and use cases. The first episode will be on January 25 at 11 a.m. PT on “Adding Tape to a Unified Global Data Environment.”

Register today for this Office Hours session for a live conversation on any tape-related topic of your choice. Hammerspace’s Johan Ballin, Eric Bassier and Floyd Christofferson will also cover how to:

  • Enable global access and control of data across different storage silos and locations.
  • Scale both high-performance and cost-effective storage in a single parallel global file system.
  • Strengthen governance, security and compliance initiatives.
  • Simplify support of corporate ESG Initiatives with “green” storage.

About Hammerspace

Hammerspace is the data orchestration system that unlocks innovation and opportunity within unstructured data. It orchestrates and provides the high-performance data needed to build new products, uncover new insights, and accelerate time to revenue across industries like AI, scientific discovery, machine learning, extended reality, autonomy, corporate video and more. Hammerspace delivers the world’s first and only solution to connect global users with their data and applications on any vendor’s data center storage or public cloud services, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Seagate Lyve Cloud.


Source: Hammerspace

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