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HCS solutions for file servers, SharePoint, DR, backup and VMs

Automatic management of unstructured data on file servers

StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage (HCS) systems provide block storage to Windows and Linux file servers and determines where to store data based on when it was last accessed. The hottest data is placed on SSDs, then "warm data" is placed on HDDs and the least recently accessed data is placed in the cloud. This automatically catches all types of data files, including hard to manage unstructured data without requiring additional work from system administrators.

Offload BLOB storage from SharePoint servers and improving SharePoint DR

StorSimple HCS systems use SharePoint APIs to offload large objects (BLOBs) from SharePoint databases. These BLOBs are managed like all other assets by the HCS system, which means they are located on SSDs, HDDs or in the cloud, depending on how recently they were accessed. This helps maintain performance levels for SharePoint servers and facilitates SharePoint DR, by reducing the size of the databases that must be restored.

Cost-effective remote DR capabilities and DR testing 

File servers often do not qualify for remote DR protection due to the high cost of redundant hardware, software, facilities and administration. StorSimple systems use Cloud Snapshots to store recovery data in the cloud, eliminating most of the costs of proprietary remote DR solutions. Recoveries only download the working set, which means they complete far faster than full recoveries. It also means DR tests can be completed, which is something many orgaizations are unable to do because the interruption to daily production work is too great.

Eliminating tape backup and off-site storage management

Managing tape backup takes a lot time that can be returned to systems administrators to do other, more productive tasks. HCS systems replace tape backup with automated Cloud Snapshots that run as incremental-always data protection. Metadata kept by the HCS system provides individual file through full-synthetic recovery capabilities.

Storage for VM file servers, and controlling VM sprawl

Windows and Linux file servers running as VMs in VMware and Hyper-V environments get the same automated management as discrete servers. Large VM deployments, such as software development environments, often have problems with the large number of orphan or zombie VMs. Using HCS systems to store this data takes advantage of data reduction (dedupe and compression) technologies as well using lower cost cloud storage. Using cloud storage this way gives the IT organization more storage headroom for managing stale data that may be suddenly needed again developers.