Hammerspace Software

Any Application. Any User. Any Datacenter. Any cloud Service. Anywhere.

Hammerspace enables users and applications global access to the same files, across any storage, from any vendor, anywhere. Not file copies, but the same files.

Multiprotocol Access

Hammerspace supports multi-protocol shared access to the global data environment. Users and applications connect via standard NFS, pNFS, SMB/CIFS protocols,and Kubernetes Persistent Volumes. With multi-protocol data sharing, the same data can be accessed from Windows, Linux, macOS, UNIX, VMWare, and Kubernetes environments.

Users and Application Anywhere:

All data may be viewed and has high-performance read/write access through any standard file protocol, for any storage type from any vendor, regardless of whether those storage types even support file the protocol. With Access-based enumeration, global users see only the files they have permissions for, across any location and storage.

High-performance:

Hammerspace delivers high-performance cross-platform file access, with a flexible scale-out architecture that supports any combination of existing or new storage platforms, from any vendor, including block, file, object, and cloud, without the need for proprietary clients. Get more out of your existing storage by seamlessly extending your capacity to include other storage.

Users Have Local Access to All Data

From a user perspective, nothing changes. Users see their files/folders as before. But now they see all files they have permissions for globally, across all storage and locations.

With Hammerspace, IT administrators have global control of data placement, data protection and other services, without interruption to user/application access.

Hammerspace’s unique innovation is to elevate the file system out of the infrastructure, and enable global cross-platform control plus global data access to users and applications; Users anywhere have access to the same files globally, on any storage type, any location, including cloud. . Hammerspace enables custom metadata tagging to make it easy to better describe, classify, and manage the orchestration of file data based on your organization’s business needs.

Metadata Assimilation:

What was previously multiple otherwise incompatible storage types with individual file shares, can now all be aggregated into the Hammerspace high-performance Parallel Global File System. Users still only see the files they have permissions to see. File system access is now global, bridging any local, remote or Cloud storage resource from a common file system view.

No Data Migration Required:

Adding existing data into Hammerspace is made easy with data-in-place metadata assimilation. Data does not need to move off of existing storage. Hammerspace simply aggregates all metadata about the files and storage resources, almost instantaneously, without the need for painful data migrations. 

Custom Metadata

Metadata tagging ensures files are appropriately classified with critical information. This powerful ability provides enormous value and automation for a number of use cases, including locality of data, data migrations, data protection, disaster recovery, active archiving, rendering jobs, simulations, data analytics, and more. Automatically tagging datasets with department ID, job reference or other business data makes cost allocation for chargeback or show-back a simple task, even though the files for those Departments may be stored across multiple storage platforms and locations.

Hammerspace assimilates metadata from network shares of any size and begin serving read/write requests immediately,
without data migration.

Customize your metadata to organize and utilize data across your enterprise

Bridging Any Storage Type, from Any Vendor:

 

Since the Parallel Global File System spans all underlying storage types across one or more locations, this enables Hammerspace to automate key data services across them all in a way that is non-disruptive to users and applications. Such services may be automatically applied at a file-granular level using Objective-based policies, triggered by one or more metadata variables, including custom user-created metadata tags.

This global control reduces the complexity for IT teams who manage siloed environments, and can reduce or eliminate the need for many point solutions that are typically required to overcome the existing barriers between incompatible storage vendor silos.

Active Archive and Cloud Tiering

The vast majority of unstructured data is seldom accessed, and largely dormant. And yet in most environments, much of this data is still stored on expensive Tier-1 storage systems. Hammerspace automates the tiering of data between storage resources in a datacenter or to cloud/object storage easily, intelligently, and quickly, without users even being aware. No changing mount points to new shares. No fragile proprietary symbolic links left behind, or other old-style HSM techniques. All users and applications still see all files as they expect in the same file system structure they are used to, regardless of where the files have actually be moved to on the back end. Objective-based policies can be set to tier data based on activity and organizational requirements, whether that needs to happen after one hour, a couple of days, six months, a year, or more.

Hammerspace can tier data across multiple systems and locations and will deduplicate and compress data in-flight and at rest. This enables customers to store offsite copies of data for redundancy, leverage the cloud to reduce on-premises infrastructure footprint, and utilize storage assets that might have free capacity at other locations for intelligent, proactive capacity management. This is done transparently, without interrupting direct user or application access to the data.

Data Management

The rich metadata layer enables all users and applications to have a unified view of all data in the global data environment. This unified view includes all data they have access to across different storage systems and cloud regions. When data needs to be accessed and worked on instead of just viewed, file-granular replication ensures that only the data that is needed in each location is replicated to the appropriate sites. Automated data orchestration manages the live and transparent mobility of data across all storage resources in the global namespace. This is not copying data to another site, like traditional point solutions. This is exposing direct access to the same data across multiple sites via the global file system.

Data Protection and Ransomware Protection

Modern data protection requires mitigating multiple threats to data. Hammerspace provides multiple mechanisms to protect data from disasters and attacks through immutable snapshots, undelete, WORM (Write Once Read Many), and file versioning, which provide comprehensive, layered protection to ensure data availability. File copy management may be automated, to ensure global DR policies are applied across files living on any storage type and location.

Hammerspace can also complement existing backup solutions, enabling more back-end storage choices for backup images, snapshots, and other needs that might otherwise consume more expensive local resources. Data that may be distributed across multiple silos can be managed with unique policy-based objectives mapped to the unique use case for those files, to tailor file-level protection and compliance policies to business needs.

Data Protection capabilities also protect against ransomware attacks. Some ransomware techniques involve creating a new and encrypted temporary file and then deleting the original data. Hammerspace’s undelete feature automatically saves a copy of the deleted files, making it easy for companies to recover the most recent version of their files as they were prior to the attack. For ransomware attacks that do not delete data, file versioning stores the latest versions of files so that customers do not lose any of their data. A ransomware attack that may start to encrypt active data is mitigated by the ability for organizations to turn back the clock to a previous unaltered version of the file prior to the attack.

Hammerspace provides a combination of snapshots, undelete functions, WORM, and file versioning, to create multiple overlapping and complementary protection capabilities to help mitigate and recover from ransomware attacks.

Hammerspace data services allow IT to set policies at a global level and they apply across all storage systems in the global data environment

Automate policies to meet compliance, disaster recovery, availability, and ransomware protection requirements across all storage systems 

Hammerspace enables non-disruptive file-granular data orchestration to automate and control the placement of file instances across any storage resource or location, transparently and non-disruptive to applications and user access.

Users and applications see their data at the same file share locations and in the folder hierarchy that they are accustomed to. But behind the scenes administrators can automate placement of those file instances to different locations or storage types when needed without user interruption.

Objective-Based Policies:

Unlike the simple policies used by HSMs or point solutions that are typically one-dimensional commands with limited options, Hammerspace enables administrators to create comprehensive service-level Objectives that may be finely-tuned regular expressions based upon business logic.

Objective-based policies can be set to meet a wide range of business needs such as storing data on lowest cost tier, moving data on a time basis, avoiding egress charges, and many more!  You can create policies based on any metadata attribute including file name, file type, owner, path, create time, modify time, etc., as well as custom metadata tags at a file-granular level.

Intelligent Data Placement:

Machine learning-driven automation moves and tiers data across storage, sites, and clouds to achieve business requirements, better utilization of storage resources, for multi-instancing of files for data protection, etc. 

Efficient Data Movement:

Metadata tagging ensures files are appropriately classified with critical information without relying on user action. This powerful ability provides enormous value and automation for a number of use cases, including locality of data, data migrations, data protection, disaster recovery, active archiving, rendering jobs, simulations, data analytics, and more. Automatically tagging datasets with department ID, job reference or other business data makes cost allocation for charge back or show-back a simple task, even though the files for those Departments may be stored across multiple storage platforms and locations.

Objective Based Policies

Hammerspace provides multiple ways to create intelligent service level Objectives, enabling customers to apply business rules to data placement, copy management, and other actions across all storage types, including cloud and remote locations.

Administrators have a global view to which service-level Objectives have been applied, and whether the datasets across all storage is in alignment with those business rules.

Simple Visualization of Data Movement

 

Hammerspace enables Live-Data Mobility, meaning that data movement is a background operation, which can be monitored by System Administrators dynamically. This image shows data mobility in progress.  Users don’t even know data may be moving to different tiers or locations, even if the files are open and in use. Files and folder structures and their network shares remain the same, regardless of what is going on at the storage layer.

Standardize global management of otherwise incompatible storage resources. Simplify infrastructure management tasks for IT and reduce OPEX. This may include tasks such as the end-of-life process of aging hardware, accelerating and automating cloud migrations, unifying the data environment across block, file and object storage systems, and much more. 

When the time comes to retire a storage system, for example, an Objective can be created to transparently migrate data by policy to any existing or new storage resource without interrupting user or application access. With data migration as a policy-based background operation, this puts an end to the headaches, outages and pressure on IT staff to minimize interruptions to the business. Migrations no longer need to be reactive and disruptive, and be proactive and transparent.

Any Storage Type from Any Vendor

Hammerspace is a software-defined solution that is designed to support any storage type, including NVMe, SSD, hard disks, and which can include block, file, object and cloud storage platforms from virtually any vendor. No special integration is required for storage that uses standard protocols.

Hammerspace supports all the major Cloud vendors, including AWS, Azure, GCP, Seagate Lyve, Wasabi, Snowflake, Storj, Equinix, Zadara and more.

Leverage your existing storage investments, reclaim stranded capacity, extend the life of legacy systems by seamlessly extending your infrastructure to other storage types or the cloud, without user interruption.

Unified Storage Management

Visualize IOPS, metadata OPS, throughput, capacity, availability, and more in a single management interface. All storage resources in the global data environment through a single GUI giving administrators the ability to simplify their workload and ensure availability of resources. 

No Storage Silos

When a user or application needs to access files that may physically live on remote storage, Hammerspace presents them unified access to the files as though they were local, with the low latency performance needed for read and write operations. This is not just shuffling copies of data across storage types and locations, which adds confusion to users, and creates headaches for IT admins. This is globally accessing the same files, via a universal metadata control plane that intelligently bridges the underlying physical storage resources of any type.

 

Unify global data from storage infrastructure including block, NAS, object stores, and Cloud. 

Break down storage silos and make data a global resource.