Supported Object Storage Providers

CCL's File Gateway supports tiering up to a maximum of 2 object storage providers, as tiering endpoints for cold data blocks.  

 

The most popular options are listed below. For additional options, see the Panzura Documentation.

 

Supported Providers


CCL Vault V2

This is the recommended option for most customers. It has some of the lowest costs, provides strong data resiliency, and is on-shore.

 

File Gateway can tier cold data blocks to CCL Vault V2. As Vault V2 comes with no egress charges, this makes tiering to Vault V2 a predictable and manageable expense, with no sudden costs in the event of disaster recovery.

 

Benefits Considerations
  • On-shore
  • One of the most affordable object storage options.
  • No egress charges.
  • Low latency to New Zealand clients.
  • Directly accessible by clients with infrastructure in CCL datacenters without the need to use the internet.
  • AoG certified.
  • Some additional object storage features offered by public clouds such as lifecycle management or archival tiering is not offered on Vault V2.
  • Customers with infrastructure in Azure or AWS, may have higher latency to Vault V2, due to Azure and AWS not yet having landing zones in NZ.

 


Amazon S3

S3 is one of the most popular object storage platforms in the world. It provides strong data resiliency, object lifecycle policies, and strong access control. This option is recommended for clients who are either already using AWS for their infrastructure, or are currently migrating infrastructure to the AWS public cloud.  

 

File Gateway supports tiering data to S3 Standard and Infrequent Access Tiers. It does not support Glacier. Using intelligent tiering or a S3 Infrequent Access Tier may result in high egress charges for data recovery.

 

Benefits Considerations
  • AWS S3 is one of the most robust object storage platforms/
  • Strong access controls.
  • Directly accessible by other AWS infrastructure/
  • Intelligent tiering can reduce ingress charges.
  • More expensive than Vault V2 due to egress charges.
  • AWS S3 is one of the most expensive object storage options.
  • Higher latency for New Zealand customers.
  • Intelligent Tiering and Infrequent Access tiers can lead to unexpected egress charges.

 


Azure Blob Storage

For organisations undergoing a cloud transformation, Azure is a reliable and simple choice.

 

Azure blob storage provides users with a reliable object storage platform with a robust set of lifecycle options to archive objects, reducing costs, and locking objects to prevent overwriting. This option is recommended for clients who are keen on using Azure for the majority of their infrastructure.

 

The File Gateway appliance supports hot and cold tiering of data to Azure Blob Storage, however it doesn’t support Archive tiert.  Since data is meant to be easily and quickly retrievable, it makes sense to store data in the cold or archive tiers if you are explicitly using your appliance as a backup appliance, but not for day-to-day file storage and access.

 

Benefits Considerations
  • Azure is one of the fastest growing public cloud providers.
  • Strong access controls.
  • Directly accessible by other Azure infrastructure.
  • Tiering can reduce ingress charges.
  • More expensive than Vault V2 due to egress charges.
  • Higher latency for New Zealand clients.
  • Tiering data to cool storage can lead to unexpected egress charges.

 


 

Google Cloud Storage

If your organisation is already utilising the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or is wanting to use it in the future, Google Cloud Storage can be used as a tiering location for File Gateway.

 

This option is recommended for clients who are already utilising GCP for a lot of their infrastructure, or who want to build their platform off the strong hybrid and multi-cloud offerings that Google Cloud offers customers.

 

Benefits Considerations
  • The client is responsible for the reliability and management of all underlying infrastructure.
  • The client is responsible for the security and access control of the underlying resources (e.g. networking, storage, physical access to the premise).
  • Ongoing maintenance can be expensive.
  • Not AoG certified.
  • Can be more expensive than Vault V2 due to egress charges.
  • Higher latency for New Zealand clients.
  • Tiering data to nearline or coldline storage tiers can result in unexpected egress charges.

 


 

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