SGI has announced InfiniteStorage Gateway, a virtualised data management solution that reduces the costs and complexity organisations face when managing exponential data growth. By creating a virtualised storage fabric that can include disk, tape, object and cloud storage, InfiniteStorage Gateway reduces the dependency on high-cost primary storage. While appearing to users and applications simply as online data, the solution offers IT administrators the ability to keep data protected and online at a fraction of the cost of primary storage systems, according to SGI. The system automatically places data on any or all storage devices and locations based upon what works best for the access requirements and data protection policies.
By connecting to existing heterogeneous storage environments, InfiniteStorage Gateway provides a way for users to see and access all the data at any time, no matter what might be happening to the storage infrastructure in the background. Because the storage infrastructure is virtualised, as requirements change, the type of storage deployed can also evolve, with no interruption to users.
InfiniteStorage Gateway is deployed as a factory-integrated solution in the 4U SGI MIS storage server, powered by Intel Xeon processors. It is designed to be plug-and-play, connecting into existing network infrastructures and appearing to users and applications like a conventional storage device, and includes up to 276TB of on-board capacity.
SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway will be available in June 2013.