Hammerspace Software

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

Hammerspace enables any application and any user to share the same data, no matter where it is stored.

Multiprotocol Access

Hammerspace supports multi-protocol shared acceso to the global data environment. Users and applications connect via NFS, pNFS, SMB/CIFS, and Kubernetes PersistentoVolumes. With cross-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 protocol, regardless of the protocols supported by the underlying storage resources.

High-performance:

Hammerspace delivers high-performance parallel file system performance without the need for proprietary clients. Hammerspace leverages the native pNFS client built in to Linux to deliver the high-performance needed for HPC, M&E post production, and other demanding use cases.

Users Have Local Access to All Data

User View

Global metadata control provides global data access to users and applications, with an experience the same as if they were accessing a local primary NAS share. 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 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 anywhere. Hammerspace simply scans the share on your existing storage platforms and aggregates all metadata about the files and storage resources, almost instantaneously,

Custom Metadata

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.

Hammerspace can take over a network share of any size and begin serving read/write requests immediately.

Customize your metadata to organize and utilize data across your enterprise

Metadata Assimilation:

 

Object Based Policies:

 

By separating the global metadata control plane from the data orchestration layer, Hammerspace can provide file-granular data orchestration to move data live and non-disruptively between silos in a data center, or across multiple data centers, or to public/private Cloud, between different regions within the Cloud, and across heterogeneous Clouds. Hammerspace’s objective-based policy engine enables automated resource allocation to accommodate multiple workflows. Data is managed at file-level granularity, efficiently delivering scale across complex heterogeneous and distributed infrastructure without creating unnecessary copies of entire volumes of data.

Metadata Assimilation:

What was previously multiple otherwise incompatible storage types with individual file shares, can now all be aggregated into the Hammerspace 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 anywhere. Hammerspace simply scans the share on your existing storage platforms and aggregates all metadata about the files and storage resources, almost instantaneously,

Custom Metadata

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.

Hammerspace can take over a network share of any size and begin serving read/write requests immediately.

Customize your metadata to organize and utilize data across your enterprise

Objective Based Policies

Simple Visualization of Data Movement

 

Hammerspace provides file-granular global data services across all local and remote storage resources, leveraging its policy engine or on-demand capabilities. File-granular services give individual files, or sets of files, the ability to be managed by policies for any metadata attribute including file names, creation dates, modify times, file types, in addition to custom metadata tags.

Hammerspace global data services enable companies to manage their digital business assets globally in ways that were previously impractical, or even impossible. Because these data services can be applied globally across all storage resources, the implementation of global control via the Hammerspace GGE eliminates the need for IT ogranizations to manage multiple point solutions to migrate, protect, or perform other functions, as is typically the case in siloed environments today.

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

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.

Broad Range of Storage Options

Users and applications anywhere in the world can achieve local read/write performance to all of the organization’s data, which may be stored across different vendors’ storage platforms, such as data center DAS and SAN/NAS clusters, object stores, multiple Clouds, and multiple cloud regions.

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.