Feeds

Dell channels Dr Who, shoves Big Data into Small Data Tardis

RainStor to play the time lord's photogenic assistant

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Dell reckons it can turn Big Data into, er, Small Data. Hoarded information could be squeezed down to size - potentially reducing disk occupancy by 97 per cent - if the tech titan's numbers add up.

The company will bundle RainStor's deduping structured data software with one of its object storage system to provide a deduplication ratio of up to 40:1. Before you declare the Reg storage desk to be staffed by fools, it's Dell is saying this, not us.

The Texan firm chose to use its DX6000 Caringo-based object store, which can scale up to petabytes of capacity and billions of objects.

The combination is called Dell's Big Data Retention product; actually it's termed a "solution" but damn it, it's a product. The reduction magic is in the RainStor technology. This deduplicates database information and gets highish dedup rates from doing so. This is especially the case with records containing a high degree of repetition such as, for example, telephone company call logs.

RainStor differs from Dell's Ocarina data reduction technology in that Ocarina is not suited to structured information and RainStor isn't focussed on unstructured and semi-structured data, such as images.

Recently RainStor added the capability for its analytics engine software to work directly on Hadoop files and run either MapReduce queries or its own. This must have resonated with Dell, which says its Big Data Retention products can store structured, semi-structured and unstructured data from an unlimited number of data sources, formats and types. Its single and massively deduping repository is said to provide cost-savings in storage and management.

Dell says its retention bundle can be a front-end repository for large datasets, a back-end archive, a standalone repository, or an analytics platform with Hadoop.

The RainStor software can be installed on any combination of Dell's servers and storage, having, Dell says, unlimited scalability and zero administration. It can be used on-premise or in a cloud system. Dell is now able to say it offers a single logical Big Data silo, that, like Dr Who's Tardis, is a lot bigger inside than it appears from the outside because of RainStor data reduction. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.