NIH ORS implemented Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect in a bid to improve the agency’s data management and visibility. Cohesity is providing better Tier 2 storage management for the agency and, most important, improving its overall data resiliency.
“It’s data that’s been at rest for years, multiple data stores that continue to grow,” Rein says. “There’s been no analysis of the data, no tagging, no metadata. So now I’m looking at all the data and understanding what it is and what the retention requirements are.”
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency started using cloud backup for its HCI environment about five years ago, says Benjamin Bergersen, the CIO nd senior agency official for information security risk management.
The USTDA, which helps companies create jobs with exports of U.S. goods, is seeing the benefit of cloud data management. It helps with version control, Bergersen says, and takes the onus off IT when it comes to backup and restore.
“If you’ve got a user who says, ‘I blew up that document accidentally, let me go to the one that was saved an hour ago,’ he or she can do that alone. At the user level, you just right-click the file, go to the version history and pull up what you need, wherever it is.
“I did that just yesterday, and it saved me a lot of work — plus, you don’t need someone from IT or the help desk to get involved,” he says.
Labor, NCI Explore Hyperconvergence and Cloud Storage
The more information an agency has about its data, Hill says, the more flexibility it has in handling and automating it.
“This is really about the re-emergence of object storage as the ideal framework for policy-based management because of its metadata capabilities, as well as its massive scalability,” he says.
One example: the Labor Department, which is looking for solutions for future data center relocations and closures. The agency is studying the benefits of hyperconvergence, which may be valuable for legacy application migrations and situations in which large amounts of stored data are accessed regularly, says spokesperson Laura McGinnis.
This means that agency IT experts must also find compatible data storage and management solutions. The department is piloting three off-premises locations as an alternative to data centers.
“By moving to or using cloud-based storage, the department will also benefit by eliminating data safeguarding concerns, the fear of losing data or being dependent on backing up data,” McGinnis says. “Additionally, cloud-based data storage provides for ease of use in reconnecting data onsite and eliminates the need for expensive infrastructure going forward.”
But that data wasn’t completely accessible; NCI had an unspoken policy that whoever created the data also managed it. This was impractical, though, because of the size and scale of its projects, the amount of data generated and the fact that many scientists and grant winners do not work on the National Institutes of Health campus, where NCI is located.