What’s the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Storage?
In this post, guest blogger Scott D. Lowe writes about the growing importance of secondary storage to enterprises, what differentiates it from primary storage, and explains Cohesity’s role in the evolving storage landscape. This post originally appeared on ActualTech.IO.
Due to the enormous growth of data across all businesses, secondary storage is starting to become more important in the enterprise. What differentiates secondary storage from primary storage is largely the SLA; data stored in secondary storage doesn’t have mission critical SLA requirements. Because of this, secondary storage can drive more efficiency and productivity.
Cohesity is one of the largest players in the secondary storage space and while filming our latest RoadCast video series, we met with Patrick Rogers, VP of Marketing at Cohesity, to learn more about the company and its role in the evolving storage landscape.
Rogers points out that today’s enterprise storage landscape is going through a substantial disruption. And a big part of this change is the recognition of secondary storage as a separate category in the overall landscape. Rogers notes that traditionally, most storage vendors focused on primary storage that would meet the needs of production applications. However, organizations are starting to realize that approximately 70 percent of their storage capacity is consumed by secondary workloads, says Rogers.
What has started out as backup and disaster recovery needs for secondary storage has grown to test and development instances, archives, unstructured content, analytics, data warehousing, and more, Rogers tells us. Today, organizations are looking for ways to get better use out of all of this data in a simpler, more effective way. And that’s where Cohesity’s secondary storage solutions come in.
Because the SLAs on secondary workloads are not as stringent as they are on primary, mission critical data, secondary storage is able to offer improved efficiency. Rogers tells us that with Cohesity’s secondary storage, organizations can enable global deduplication, snapshots, and clones for immediate recovery, and indexing of the data for instant search.
In Orion 5.0, Cohesity’s fifth generation of its software, the underlying file system allows organizations to incorporate and run secondary workloads more effectively, Rogers tells us. The new files system, called SpanFS, spans nodes, on-prem and cloud infrastructures, and workloads, he explains. What’s unique about it is that it provides web-scale type performance, according to Rogers. It supports distributed snaps and clones, so copies of data can be easily performed for backup, test/dev, and other scenarios. It’s also globally dedupliced, which means it’s very efficient, says Rogers, and it’s also multiprotocol, so data can be accessed via any Ethernet-based protocol.
The added advantage of Cohesity’s secondary storage is that it can extend to the cloud, which isn’t always easy for enterprises to accomplish. Rogers explains that the benefit is that Cohesity’s platform is software defined; SpanFS is software and runs equally well on-premises and on cloud instances, including most public clouds.
In the video, Rogers also shares some of the customer success stories across different verticals and where the company is seeing major growth. Watch the video (above) to learn more and visit cohesity.com to get more insight into Orion 5.0 and Cohesity’s new SpanFS file system.
In a separate video, we spoke with Cohesity’s Founder and CEO, Mohit Aron, who shared some of the success stories, metrics and company highlights. 2017 has been a stellar year for Cohesity, with 600 percent revenue growth both nationally and internationally, along with a huge company expansion across all departments. In the video, Aron also shares some of the major awards Cohesity has earned in recent months and the company’s plans for next year.
Watch the short video to learn more about Cohesity and where the company is headed in the near future.
A Cohesity Cloud Conversation
Finally, we met with Sai Mukundan, Product Manager at Cohesity, to learn more about Cohesity’s cloud integration and what it means for customers. The company’s platform connects seamlessly to public cloud storage and services to enable hybrid cloud environments. Mukundan discusses the three major areas and use cases that Cohesity’s customers are looking at incorporating cloud storage. Mukundan also covers the networking aspects of connecting secondary storage to the cloud and how the integration is handled.
Check out the video to learn more about Cohesity’s cloud story and visit Cohesity to get even more information.
Scott is Co-Founder of ActualTech Media and serves as Senior Content Editor and Strategist. Scott is an enterprise IT veteran with more than twenty years experience in senior and CIO roles across multiple organizations.