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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 29 June 2005 NYLUG: Evan Marcus on Enterprise Archiving
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Subject: [nylug-announce] New York Linux User's Group Meeting 6/29: Evan
Marcus on Enterprise Archiving
June 29th, 2005
IBM Headquarters Building
590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
12th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency
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Evan Marcus (Archivas)
Due largely to new governmental regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley
and HIPAA, organizations are expected to maintain and protect
critical fixed-content data, such as medical records, corporate
financial data, recordings of customer support phone calls, and
email for long periods of time, often 20 or 30 years or more.
Traditionally, the method for preserving data for such long periods
of time has either been to store the data online on large NAS or
RAID disk arrays or on magnetic tapes or optical disks, which can
then be stored offsite.
Traditionally, storing the data online is very expensive; even at
today's prices, it can cost over $100/gb to store data on NAS or
RAID arrays. Tapes and optical disks are less expensive, but are
prone to being lost, stolen, or damaged (as has happened recently in
several widely publicized cases). It is also very difficult to
search off-line (and off-site) media for specific data when lawyers
demand all email about a particular customer from five years ago,
and give you 72 hours to deliver it.
And neither of these solutions are designed for long-term storage,
protection, and rapid retrieval of data.
A third method of storing fixed-content data is in a CAS or Content
Addressable Storage system, where data is stored in an encrypted
form, based on a hash key. Data can only be retrieved with the
original application, and there is no way to search the data.
A newer solution has emerged that is far less expensive than storing
the data on expensive NAS or RAID arrays, and that will still keep
data online so that it never leaves the network, and can be easily
searched and retrieved quickly, since it can be stored in native
The solution is an archive cluster, built from a collection of
inexpensive commodity systems and SATA disks. The hardware is
arranged into a cluster so that the failure of any disk or system
(pretty much inevitable when inexpensive hardware is used), or of
two or three components at the same time, does not affect the safety
and availability of the data. Data is stored online, is accessible
through standard interfaces, and is totally searchable. Costs can
be as low as $12-$15 per GB, depending on the size of the archive,
and clusters can scale to dozens of petabytes or more.
About Evan Marcus
Evan joined Archivas, Inc. in 2005 as a Senior Systems Engineer in
the Office of the CTO.
Evan has more than 20 years of experience in Unix systems. Before
joining Archivas, he spent 8 years at VERITAS Software, as a systems
engineer, speaker, and author. He also spent 5 years at Sun
Microsystems and 2=BD years at Fusion Systems, where he worked to
bring the first high availability software applications for SunOS
and Solaris to market. He also spent 2 years as a system
administrator on the equities trading floor of a multinational
Evan is the co-author of "Blueprints for High Availability" (2nd Ed:
Sept. 2003, John Wiley & Sons), and co-author and co-editor of "The
Resilient Enterprise" (2002, VERITAS Publications). He is a
well-regarded and popular speaker on the design of highly available
and disaster resilient systems, and fixed-content storage archives.
Swag (Give Away) - During the meeting... unusually terrific swag of
non-predetermined origin will be given out to all attendees at the
regular meeting for free as usual.
After the meeting ... Join us around 8:30pm or so at TGI Friday's,
located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th Street, second floor.
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