The digital transformation is disrupting how enterprises operate and engage with customers, and IT organizations must respond with greater speed and agility in the face of fast-changing business needs. Your private cloud must deliver the same qualities as a public cloud: always on, elastic, massively scalable, multitenant, programmable, and easy to use. With cloud-native REST APIs, built-in redundancy, on-demand scalability, and lowered storage cost, object storage is the unstructured data storage standard for the cloud, especially for tackling explosive data growth from big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). But to roll out object storage in petabyte-scale deployments, you need simple, resilient, and cost-effective storage appliances, so that you can “rinse and repeat” the installation, maintenance, and replacement of nodes and storage across your private cloud. The new NetApp® StorageGRID® Webscale SG5700 Series offers the right building blocks for constructing your next-generation data center.

Simplifying Massive Scale

The SG5700 Series makes it simple to grow your private cloud on demand: from one to thousands of applications, from terabytes to petabytes, from millions to billions of datasets, from one region to sixteen regions, all connected in one global namespace. Each appliance is a node and comes in two form factors: the 2U, 12-drive SG5712 and the 4U, 60-drive SG5760, ranging in raw capacity from 48TB to 720TB. Together, nodes form a distributed cluster that protects objects, user metadata, and system metadata. So, when you add a node, you are adding data capacity, metadata capacity, and performance all at the same time. You can plug the SG5700 into your existing networks without incurring the cost of dedicated or customized switching. Unlike other scale-out architectures, you are not penalized by having to reserve substantial storage capacity or performance headroom when you add nodes, because StorageGRID Webscale does not force massive rebalancing of stored data. Meanwhile, thanks to single-pane-of-glass management, automated policies for global data governance, and proactive call-home support, you can realize significant cost savings even as you grow your object store.

Unprecedented Flexibility

Your business is always evolving, but the one constant is that users always want to access their data quickly from wherever they are: a data center, a branch office, or the public cloud. StorageGRID Webscale gives you unprecedented deployment flexibility to meet this challenge. You can consolidate archiving of cold data with the ultradense SG5760 in your data centers and provide edge access and temporary storage of hot data with the SG5712 at smaller sites. You can mix and match different models, capacities, and generations of appliances, and even software-only nodes with third-party storage, all under the same global namespace. You can customize SLAs with object-granular policies so that data is available at the right place, at the right time, at the right cost, and is accessible only by the right people. You can realize the hybrid cloud with AWS-integrated platform services and empower your developers to apply the latest image-recognition algorithms powered by deep learning, or perform stream processing or analytics using Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Meanwhile, you can still maintain control of your data by securing it on the premises.

Superior Resiliency

Resiliency lets you sleep at night. It reduces common failure events from a midnight emergency to a maintenance activity that you can handle the morning after. If you lose a disk, the SG5700 will rebuild the lost data fragments using other disk drives in the node. Because the rebuild happens within the array and uses the combined bandwidth of many drives, the recovery speed is twice as fast compared to RAID 6 with high-density (for example, 8TB, 10TB) near-line SAS (NL-SAS) drives. As a result, you can survive multiple failed drives in many nodes without compromising data durability or availability. Above the storage layer, you can design your StorageGRID Webscale deployment to survive failed nodes, racks, or even a whole data center. StorageGRID Webscale automatically protects system and user metadata by maintaining three copies of metadata per site, and can protect objects by creating and maintaining multiple object replicas and geographically erasure-coded objects across sites. When deployed in modern data centers with redundant power, cooling, and networks, StorageGRID Webscale can help you deliver better data availability (greater than 5 nines) and durability (greater than 15 nines) than the public clouds.

Cost-Effective TCO

Everyone knows that car ownership is cheaper than leasing in the long run; the same principle applies to data ownership at petabyte scale in private versus public clouds. If your organization has petabytes of long-tail data, you can break even within the typical enterprise hardware lifecycle when you store your active or semi-active data on StorageGRID Webscale and the SG5700. Also, with an on-premises object store, there are no data egress fees or request fees. There are no extra bandwidth fees for using a fast connection, and no additional fees for storing data at a second or third region for disaster recovery or multiregion access. You maintain control of your data on the premises, while enabling the consumption of data from your private cloud or from the public cloud.

 

As you can see, NetApp StorageGRID Webscale SG5700 Series appliances provide simple, flexible, resilient, and cost-effective options for your data at scale. For more information, visit netapp.com or download the latest product datasheet. To see StorageGRID in action, schedule a demonstration today.

Ronnie Chan

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