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TMD Partners With Hitachi For Next Generation Object Storage Data Management

Mary Wyatt

There is a growing trend in the industry toward organisations wanting to dramatically improve their operational performance by enabling flexible, cost-effective, scalable storage and data management solutions. Increasingly, they’re exploring the benefits of object storage.

Unlike a file system which manages data as a file hierarchy, object storage manages data as an object with its associated metadata saved with it as one object. If the object is moved or restored, both the file and its metadata always stay together and it can be accessed directly through APIs.

The key advantage of object storage over other methods, such as tape, is that it provides quicker file access than tape, while offering greater scalability and economic benefits. Organisations can store, share, sync, protect, preserve, analyse and retrieve data from a single system. The solution can retain a large volume of unstructured data (e.g. photos, videos, and log files).

It does not, unlike tape, require costly and lengthy data migrations as media changes over time. It automates the movement of data to new media automatically and transparently.  For content that must be preserved for lengthy periods of time, even permanently, the solution enables all hardware and software components to be replaced as technology changes without disrupting the data or data access.

To address this trend while offering customers choices, TMD has partnered with several industry-leading object storage companies, such as Concurrent, Quantum, AWS, and as of recently, Hitachi Vantara. TMD attained certification from Hitachi Vantara and completed a new technology partnership to deliver integrated solutions using the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). TMD’s Mediaflex-UMS is now certified to utilise the HCP ecosystem, which will allow customers to leverage the advantages of both systems as an end-to-end, integrated solution for media asset management, data management, mobility and governance to address contemporary digital archive and preservation requirements.

Through open APIs, Hitachi Vantara’s solution is ideally suited to enforce compliance and data retention rules at a storage level if desired. Its security features with advanced encryption techniques protect documents that are private, confidential, or otherwise privileged. 

HCP allows the retention of Mediaflex-UMS data in a safe, unalterable manner, to guarantee the integrity and authenticity of the data stored. Long term preservation of digital assets with authentication, retention policies, chain of custody, auditing, metadata support and automated self-repair are ensured.

For content that must be preserved for lengthy periods of time, even permanently, the solution enables all hardware and software components to be replaced as technology changes without disrupting the data or data access.

The integrated solution can be used as a private cloud and broker onto public clouds, with HCP offering a sixty percent lower TCO compared to public clouds.