A Government Data Challenge
When combining numerous, sometimes conflicting, mandates and initiatives with the need for continued increase in efficiencies, government decision makers can quickly find themselves struggling to succeed on all fronts. This situation is clearly illustrated by the challenges of dealing with the constant and ever-growing requirement to store more data. What’s needed is a new approach to data storage that is innovative, efficient and breaks out of the current limitations of existing solutions.
Efficiently Solving Big Data Storage Challenges
With its inherent security features, unsurpassed availability and data integrity, Cleversafe is positioned as the leader in providing a limitless data storage solution to all facets of government, regardless of mission or level. Cleversafe’s solution is capable of scaling with your agency’s needs to exabytes and beyond, is 100 million times more reliable than RAID and provides intrinsic data security, integrity and a lifetime accessibility guarantee through the use of proprietary dispersal algorithms.
Cleversafe is the most secure method for meeting your security and privacy requirements for storing information, ensuring the integrity of data is maintained—even in the face of disasters or malicious access.
Learn more about how Cleversafe can help your agency achieve compliance with initiatives such as Cloud First, Disaster Recovery/COOP and Data Center Consolidation while being sensitive to budgetary constraints. Read about Cleversafe's Cost Effectiveness, Security Features, Reliability Features, and Scalability Features to see how they can ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability for your agency today.
The Office of Management and Budget mandated in fiscal year 2011 that federal agencies must leverage cloud computing and/or make cloud computing part of new IT projects or be ready to justify why not. By fiscal year 2013, the policy requires agencies to provide specific details and road maps for adopting cloud-based technologies. For state and local agencies, many are recognizing the cost benefits of leveraging a cloud approach to providing IT services.
How Much Storage is Enough?
Leveraging the cloud as a means to offer storage is quickly becoming an accepted service for many government entities. However, cloud storage is not without questions. Security, privacy and reliability are, of course, important topics. Yet, the most pressing discussion is how to deal with the ever increasing need for more - more throughput, more storage space. There are storage predictions that state storage requirements are growing 100x every ten years. Already, today’s existing storage solutions are struggling to scale to meet demand and have become prohibitively expensive for most applications.
Cleversafe’s secure storage solution has been designed from the very beginning to break through the scalability limitations inherent with other solutions. By leveraging a unique approach called information dispersal and a flexible underlying architecture, Cleversafe is offering customers the ability to scale their systems limitlessly to meet the storage needs of today and tomorrow.
Whether considering a private cloud, a public cloud or some hybrid approach, a storage solution based on Cleversafe will continue to effectively and efficiently grow without limitation.
Meeting COOP and Disaster Recovery Requirements
Even in the wake of budget crunches, government agencies are still required to have a viable DR/COOP plan in place. Given the government’s increased reliance on complex IT systems coupled with the exponentially growing requirement to store more data, effectively meeting DR/COOP requirements is no easy task. System complexity and costs have made the traditional approach of duplicative, geographically dispersed IT environments unattainable for all but the most essential services. Innovation is required.
An Innovative Approach to Reliability: No Copies?
With regards to data storage, conventional wisdom dictates the more copies of a file, the higher the probability the file will be available for use at all times, even during a crisis event. Many DR/COOP strategies are rooted in this belief. However, with multiple copies of files, a host of new risks are introduced that tend to negate the benefits of making copies. Each additional copy creates a security vulnerability, keeping files synchronized becomes problematic, and each replication requires the same amount of storage and associated overhead costs, such as power, cooling, management, etc. as the original file.
Cleversafe’s innovative information dispersal techniques overcome these challenges by allowing customers to geographically disperse information without ever making a copy. Leveraging advanced mathematics, data is sliced into pieces and dispersed to multiple storage nodes and this data can be retrieved from only a subset of the slices. Consider this, the wider the dispersion, the higher the reliability and resiliency of the solution, all without the need to duplicate systems. And counter-intuitively, the wider information is dispersed using Cleversafe’s technology, the more secure data becomes.
Data Center Consolidation
Data Center Consolidation
Do more with less. Cliché as it sounds, this is the truth that most, if not all, government agencies are living with. In fact, one might say they are being asked to do even more with even less. Federal agencies, as well as state and local entities, are looking at data center consolidation as one strategy to increase cost efficiencies. The elimination of duplicative systems alone can have a significant impact on an agency’s IT budget.
Security, Control and Service Levels
Moving to a consolidated environment is not without concerns. Questions about the security and privacy of information come up. Concern over the loss of control and the availability of systems and data are prevalent. From the perspective of data storage, these are legitimate concerns.
Cleversafe addresses these concerns through a combination of its innovative information dispersal algorithm and an agile architecture that allows the solution to conform to the varied needs of government organizations. To ensure security and privacy of information, data is first encrypted using AES-256, broken down into equal size slices and dispersed across a network of storage nodes. Further, data can be grouped into specific vaults, thus ensuring no data leakage, even in a multi-tenant situation. Lastly, inherent to the solution is an unprecedented level of reliability, enabling tunable reliability configurations to deliver whatever number of “reliability 9s” you need.
Whether you are looking at consolidating to one or multiple geo-graphically dispersed data centers, the Cleversafe limitless data storage solution can deliver on your security, reliability and scalability requirements.