Hammerspace Debuts High Performance Support for Tape-Based Data Sources

Hammerspace, the company orchestrating the Next Data Cycle, is announcing that its Global Data Environment (GDE) solution—an active global namespace—is now compatible with data on any storage option, including flash, NAS, object, cloud, and—its latest addition—tape. Developed in partnership with Grau Data, PoINT Software & Systems, and QStar Technologies, Hammerspace’s latest data type support expands the range of data that organizations are able to leverage Hammerspace’s high-performance computing capabilities.

Hammerspace’s GDE solution is a software-defined, high performance parallel global file system that provides the following:

  • Standards-based file access across any existing third-party storage
  • Automated data orchestration
  • Data migration to its optimal storage media type or geographic location
  • Functions that allow organizations to meet latency, performance, and cost requirements

Now, enterprises can present data on tape to Hammerspace’s GDE, bringing the GDE’s high performance computing and economic efficiencies to large data assets stored on large tape systems. This grants both visibility and standards-based file access throughout an organization’s data types—including tape—whether it’s in one or multiple storage silos and locations, including on-prem and in the cloud.

“IT budgets are continually pressed to create, retain, analyze, and use ever-increasing capacities of unstructured data. When I founded the Active Archive Alliance nearly 15 years ago, the industry was coming together to bring tape data to applications in a standard file format instead of being buried within a proprietary format in a backup file,” said Molly Presley, SVP of global marketing for Hammerspace. “Now, with the advancements at Hammerspace, we have taken another massive step forward in putting ALL data to work in a single active global file system, delivering performance, access and collaboration to AI models, applications and users anywhere, using data, everywhere.”

“No other solution in the industry provides organizations access to their data when and where they need it. Hammerspace delivers a massive competitive differentiator in providing data at the speed of the largest GPU compute environments from any storage silo located anywhere,” Presley continued.

Hammerspace’s software enables data on tape to be always available and active, capable of supporting high-performance file access with any combination of existing or new storage platforms, regardless of the vendor.

Enterprises with data on tape benefit from Hammerspace’s scalable storage for large datasets, robust governance, security, and compliance, cost efficiencies, and support for corporate ESG initiatives with sustainable and “green” storage, according to the vendor.

“By seamlessly integrating XtreemStore with Hammerspace's advanced data orchestration capabilities, we empower organizations to effortlessly manage their entire data lifecycle. Inactive data is automatically stored and archived in the highly secure and long-lasting XtreemStore platform, accessible through the intuitive Hammerspace interface,” said David Cerf, chief data evangelist for Grau Data. “This approach eliminates the need for costly and complex management of dedicated tape libraries while delivering unparalleled efficiency and scalability. The collaboration with Hammerspace marks a significant step forward in data management, providing a transformative approach to long-term data retention that is both cost-effective and future-proof.”

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