An information repository is an easy way to deploy a secondary tier of data storage that can comprise multiple, networked data storage technologies running on diverse operating systems, where data that no longer needs to be in primary storage is protected, classified according to captured metadata, processed, de-duplicated, and then purged, automatically, based on data service level objectives and requirements. In information repositories, data storage resources are virtualized as composite storage sets and operate as a federated environment.
Information repositories were developed to mitigate problems arising from data proliferation and eliminate the need for separately deployed data storage solutions because of the concurrent deployment of diverse storage technologies running diverse operating systems. They feature centralized management for all deployed data storage resources. They are self-contained, support heterogeneous storage resources, support resource management to add, maintain, recycle, and terminate media, track of off-line media, and operate autonomously.
Automated data management
Since one of the main reasons for the implementation of an Information repository is to reduce the maintenance workload placed on IT staff by traditional data storage systems, information repositories are automated. Automation is accomplished via policies that can process data based on time, events, data age, and data content. Policies manage the following:
- File system space management
- Irrelevant data elimination (mp3, games, etc.)
- Secondary storage resource management
Because information repositories are intended to reduce IT staff workload, they are designed to be easy to deploy and offer configuration flexibility, virtually limitless extensibility, redundancy, and reliable failover.
Information repositories feature robust, client based data search and recovery capabilities that, based on permissions, enable end users to search the information repository, view information repository contents, including data on off-line media, and recover individual files or multiple files to either their original network computer or another network computer.
- NGDC Conference: Understand advanced IT infrastructures, Protecting Information: Benefits of a Federated Information Repository as a Secondary Storage Tier. http://www.networkworld.com/ngdc/[dead link]
- SNIA Enterprise Information World 2007 Conference: Benefits of a Federated Information Repository as a Secondary Storage Tier. http://www.enterpriseinformationworld.com/abstracts/benefits_federated_info.htm[dead link]