The number of different storage platforms installed at customer sites continues to increase, making the need to simplify the environment for both users and IT managers ever more pressing. The recent introduction of StrongLink 3.2 combined with StrongLink’s foundational capabilities tackles this issue head-on, increasing data usability by cost-effectively eliminating data silos regardless of the storage platforms in use. Whether you’re a customer or a reseller, now’s the time to learn more.
By automating intelligent, policy-based file actions across otherwise incompatible storage types – including flash, disk, cloud, and tape from any vendor – StrongLink eliminates data silos and makes data readily accessible. The German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), a StrongBox customer and central service center for German climate and earth system research, has experienced the benefits of StrongLink in their ever-expanding 150PB environment. By giving researchers global access to their data, StrongLink supports DKRZ’s extremely large Exabyte Data Archive system and minimizes the time needed to find or manage data. “The StrongBox solution is helping us pave the way for the future of climate research at DKRZ by scientists across the globe,” according to Carsten Schmitt, storage administrator at Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ).
StrongLink 3.2 builds on the existing product by adding the following capabilities:
- Multi-Site Replication for Increased Data Protection. StrongLink Galaxy provides tools for bi-directional, multi-site replication for disaster recovery, collaboration, data protection, and more, ensuring customer data is secure, protected, and easily accessible wherever it’s located. Metadata records replicate instantly across all sites as changes occur, and all or subsets of data are replicated asynchronously, to maintain up-to-the-second data copies.
- Highly Scalable Search Engine for Large Enterprises and Complex Queries. StrongLink’s third-generation query engine enables customers to keep pace with future growth by providing expanded scale to support large enterprises and complex queries across many billions of files. It also provides increased performance for queries that span multiple metadata types.
- Enhanced Reporting Engine and Notification Capabilities. The new StrongLink reporting engine allows for multiple report categories and the creation of new reports to rapidly accommodate customer requests. StrongLink also provides an enhanced notification system that monitors an expanded set of metrics, internal processes, and network behaviors to provide fast, proactive alerts for system administrators.
- New Access and Query Options to Support HPC and Research Environments. StrongLink CLI, a new command-line interface, accommodates high-performance computing (HPC) and other workflows that typically utilize scripted procedures. It allows for creating and annotating datasets with custom metadata tags, complex queries, workflow triggers, and more. The new CLI is in addition to the full-featured StrongLink web-based Control Panel application and the open API to give admins and users a complete selection of access utilities to better manage their data environment.
- Added Support for Scientific Workflows. StrongLink also now supports the NetCDF metadata standard for HPC and scientific workflows to provide researchers with more query options to rapidly locate files.
The new version of StrongLink 3.2 software is available immediately. Both end users and channel partners benefit from a vendor-neutral solution to data and multi-vendor storage resource management that scales to accommodate any environment. StrongLink also provides predictable pricing based on required performance, not capacity, so costs don’t increase as data volumes grow.
For more information on StrongLink 3.2, visit the product page on the website.