CAS Benefits | StorLife: Content Addressed Storage & Lifecycle Management

By: Storlife  05/12/2011
Keywords: storage, Corporate Governance, Lifecycle Management

StorLife is an affordable Content Addressed Storage (CAS) solution that delivers a lower cost of ownership than optical disk and tape drive storage systems. Combining low-cost magnetic disk storage with WORM (Write Once Read Many), StorLife provides for the long-term storage and protection of important information without the headaches and overhead costs associated with maintaining mechanical optical jukeboxes.

StorLife is a software-based storage technology that operates independently of its attached magnetic disk storage devices. Based on a RAIN (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Nodes) architecture StorLife can use any Windows addressable storage device contained within a RAID, SAN, NAS or iSCSI storage infrastructure and is not tied to any specific storage hardware technology or vendor.

StorLife Single Instance Storage (SIS) avoids unnecessary duplication of content to improve storage efficiency and optimise capacity utilisation. StorLife stores content and documents only once and recognises when another user or application is trying to store the same content.

StorLife has no hard or upper limits on the number of content addresses that can be stored. Unlike other CAS systems, where hard limits on the number of objects stored can be reached before all the available capacity is utilised, StorLife does not waste a single byte of available storage capacity and is optimised to store both large files and high volumes of small objects.

StorLife is based on a multi-threaded architecture that delivers significantly higher throughput storage rates over other CAS solutions. StorLife's extensive use of database partitioning allows for efficiently dealing with large volumes of data objects and provides higher throughput on small file sizes.

Using digital fingerprints generated by an MD5 or SHA1 hashing algorithm, FIPS-197 (AES) encryption while storing and transmitting confidential information and running scheduled verification processes, StorLife guarantees content authenticity and integrity to meet corporate governance and compliance requirements.

StorLife is built on grid computing and RAID storage architectures to deliver a highly scalable system. With a choice of deployment architectures, System Administrators can choose the appropriate level of performance, scalability and resilience using configuration options such as network load balanced active/active servers, replicated servers, multiple or parallel servers to ensure no single point of failure and provide for automatic fail-over.

StorLife is highly suited to server virtualisation as it operates on industry standard 32-bit and 64-bit Wintel Servers running VM Ware. StorLife allows Storage Administrators to pool physical storage from multiple network devices into what appears to be a single storage device, managed from a single central console, increasing utilisation of hardware resources, improving operating efficiency and reducing costs.

StorLife allows for the creation and enforcement of content retention policies that determine how long specific types of information, documents or records are stored. The ability to set retention policies at the series or storage level allows compliance officers, records managers or storage administrators to meet the relevant corporate governance or regulatory compliance standards.

StorLife reduces administrative overhead costs associated with storage management by constantly monitoring storage to detect and repair any faults, automatically re-building damaged content and migrating it to another storage device. StorLife also supports the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) which allows the server to be monitored by a network management system.

Using non-proprietary, open standards-based APIs, StorLife can be quickly and easily integrated with third party applications to deliver real-time responsiveness and seamless retrieval of stored content. Working as an integrated component of SoftCo's document and workflow management platform, StorLife delivers advanced search features, high speed indexing and query capabilities.

StorLife distributed architecture and replication capabilities enable Systems Managers to design and deploy the appropriate business continuity, back up and disaster recovery strategies. StorLife advanced replication features over both local or wide area networks with support for HTTP or TCP/IP protocols, assures fast and reliable replication to online, or offsite facilities.

StorLife can be deployed as a standard, single server or high end distributed system. With a choice of deployment architectures, System Managers can choose the approval level of performance, scalability and resilience for mission critical applications using configuration options such as network load balanced active/active servers, replicated servers, multiple or parallel servers to ensure there is no single point of failure and provide for automatic failover.

Keywords: Content Addressed Storage, Corporate Governance, Lifecycle Management, Magnetic Disk, Optical Disk, Server Virtualisation, storage, Storage Device, Storage Infrastructure,

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