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Simplify data management between tape and any storage type

StrongLink’s native support for LTFS tape libraries from any vendor is the easiest way to extend your primary or secondary file/object storage, and take advantage of the economics of tape. Reduce storage costs, remove complexity and enforce global data protection.

  • Unify primary flash, disk, tiers with tape and/or cloud in a directly accessible global namespace.
  • Automate intensive data moves by policy across any storage type.
  • Reduce storage costs by over 70% by seamlessly offloading expensive primary storage to tape or any storage type.
  • Unify primary flash, disk, tiers with tape and/or cloud in a directly accessible global namespace.
  • Automate intensive data moves by policy across any storage type.
  • Reduce storage costs by over 70% by seamlesly offloading expensive primary storage to tape or any storage type.

“Because StrongLink licensing is not capacity-based, you can really let it scale with you as your main storage grows.”

Matt Wilson

Executive director, IT

Why choose StrongLink LTFS for tape?

StrongLink makes tape simple

The SBDS team has 25 years of deep expertise with tape-based workflows with all vendors, helping customers manage some of the world’s largest archives.

No more silos

Access your data directly on any available storage type, including flash, disk, cloud, and tape in a multi-protocol global namespace.

No vendor lock-in

StrongLink supports any storage type, including cloud and tape from any vendor.

Not priced by capacity

StrongLink delivers immediate and predictable ROI even as your data volumes inevitably grow.

No symlinks, stubs, or agents

StrongLink is the only solution that can operate both in and/or out of the data path while providing users control over all their data without relying on proprietary hooks and changes to file systems or storage.

Extreme scalability

StrongLink can start as small as a single node and grow without limits to support extreme file counts, data volumes, and I/O requirements.

How StrongLink works for tape

Aggregate

StrongLink automatically aggregates multiple sources of metadata about your files, giving you the information needed to globally manage your data across any storage type.

Automate

StrongLink automatically moves data to any storage type based on your metadata-driven policies, providing global cross-platform control while also reducing the load on IT staff.

Access

Gain direct multi-protocol access to your data across any storage type via a policy-based global namespace.

Maximize

Maximize productivity with actionable data insights. Access your data and conduct analytics operations, data mining, application testing, and development.

Unify tape with any storage platform.

 

Connect your tape to any local, network, and cloud storage while delivering a persistent view and direct access over your files via any protocol. Partition existing libraries from any vendor to enable seamless low-cost extension to primary storage for air-gap data protection.

  • Users see files via standard SMB/CIFS, NFS, and other standard protocols in a cross-platform global namespace.
  • Direct access to data copies on tape, without the need for proprietary symlinks or file stubs.
  • Complete control of files, data movement, policy enforcement, reporting, and auditing across all storage types.

Unify tape with any storage platform.

Connect your tape to any local, network, and cloud storage while delivering a persistent view and direct access over your files via any protocol. Partition existing libraries from any vendor to enable seamless low-cost extension to primary storage for air-gap data protection.

  • Users see files via standard SMB/CIFS, NFS, and other standard protocols in a cross-platform global namespace.
  • Direct access to data copies on tape, without the need for proprietary symlinks or file stubs.
  • Complete control of files, data movement, policy enforcement, reporting, and auditing across all storage types.

Automate data placement across any storage.

Write copies of your files automatically to tape and any storage based on your policies for tiering, active archiving, data protection, and to offload primary storage.

  • Eliminate manual interventions from IT.
  • Data is always accessible to users via multiple protocols, with no change to mount points.
  • StrongLink makes it all happen automatically in the background with no disruption to users.

Automate data placement across any storage.

Write copies of your files automatically to tape and any storage based on your policies for tiering, active archiving, data protection, and to offload primary storage.

  • Eliminate manual interventions from IT.
  • Data is always accessible to users via multiple protocols, with no change to mount points.
  • StrongLink makes it all happen automatically in the background with no disruption to users.

Reduce costs and remove complexity.

Reduce costs by automatically archiving cool/cold data from your expensive primary storage to lower-cost storage – including tape and cloud.

  • Reduce storage costs by 70%.
  • Policy-driven automation reduces the burden on IT.
  • Eliminate or delay the need to buy new storage infrastructure.

Reduce costs and remove complexity.

Reduce costs by automatically archiving cool/cold data from your expensive primary storage to lower-cost storage – including tape and cloud.

  • Reduce storage costs by 70%.
  • Policy-driven automation reduces the burden on IT.
  • Eliminate or delay the need to buy new storage infrastructure.

Enforce global data protection

StrongLink’s support for tape using open standard LTFS format provides fully automated file level data protection that seamlessly integrates into any business workflow.

  • Create copies of data on multiple, separate tape cartridges
  • Export tape media from your library for off-site vaulting.
  • Replicate data off-site for secure protection and instant recovery.

Enforce global data protection

StrongLink’s support for tape using open standard LTFS format provides fully automated file level data protection that seamlessly integrates into any business workflow.

  • Create copies of data on multiple, separate tape cartridges
  • Export tape media from your library for off-site vaulting.
  • Replicate data off-site for secure protection and instant recovery.

More benefits for tape storage

Scalable storage for unstructured data

Use StrongLink with existing and/or new storage of any type to create a multi-tier and/or active archive storage environment across otherwise incompatible storage types.

Lowest cost per GB

By blending low-cost LTFS tape with flash or disk tiers in a global namespace, customers can reduce the pressure on the most expensive primary storage with little or no disruption to user access. Perfect for policy-based multi-tier or active archive use cases.

  • Reduce storage costs by 80% compared to disk by simplifying tape, and making it seamless to the rest of the storage tiers.
  • Create an on-prem cloud with tape, reducing costs by up to 70%.

Built-in data protection

Your fixed content isn’t changing, so why is it clogging your backups? StrongLink data analytics shows you exactly how active your data is. StrongLink policies can be configured to make sure that inactive data is migrated and/or copied seamlessly to nearline disk, cloud, and/or tape.

Automatic file verification policies can be set to periodically check for bit rot on archived, or seldom accessed data.

Ransomware protection

StrongLink can create & manage multiple file copies and the LTFS module supports vaulting of tapes to create an air-gap for ransomware protection.

Lots of Small Files? No problem!

StrongLink Containers are transparent to users, who won’t need to know if a small file is in a Container or not. Individual files can be read from tape without unpacking the container or moving it to disk.

StrongLink gives you the power to make your own decisions.

Eliminate data silos between different storage types

Get global control of your data across any storage type, including cloud and tape, for maximum flexibility and user access.

Design the environment that meets your needs and budget.

StrongLink frees you from vendor lock-in, with multi protocol access to any storage type.

Pick the storage technology for your requirements.

Pick any vendor’s storage types that meets your needs including flash, disk, cloud, and tape.

Use the technology you already own.

You don’t need specialized data preservation or archiving software or proprietary hardware. Get more out of your existing storage resources.

StrongLink is not priced by capacity – it’s priced by performance.

Other systems use capacity-based licensing. This means that with other solutions, as your data volumes grow, so do your costs. We do not think this is fair.

  • Pay only for the amount of performance to match your workflows.
  • Get immediate ROI and predictable pricing over time for easy budgeting.
  • Cost does not increase over time, even when your data volumes inevitably grow.

Get tailored advice from our seasoned experts.

  • See what the premier intelligent data management solution that’s data-centric and storage aware can do for you.
  • Get expert advice specific to your use cases and industry.
  • Discuss StrongLink’s performance-based license structure.

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