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I’ve already write about Tarmin Inc. and their Data Defined Storage solution in my last Powering The Cloud report.

Now, on 3rd December 2013, they have unveiled the latest release of GridBank that improves operational efficiency, streamlines data governance and enhances search and analytics. The latest capability enhancements of Tarmin’s GridBank 4.0 Data Management Platform further solidify its innovation leadership in the growing Data Defined Storage market category.

More than 40 percent of organisations say their biggest technology challenge is the rapid growth of unstructured data. Since data is an organisation’s primary asset, companies need a solution that unites the application, information and storage tiers into a single integrated data centric architecture. Tarmin GridBank 4.0 builds on the foundation of Data Defined Storage, bringing data together into a massively scalable architecture that addresses data governance challenges, increases business agility and reduces cost. GridBank empowers organisations to unlock the value of data assets allowing them to make forward-looking, business-critical decisions.

GridBank 4.0 adds support for Enterprise Linux platforms, increasing GridBank’s addressable markets and ensuring its applicability for cross-platform multi-petabyte enterprise storage environments. In addition, both Linux and Windows versions of GridBank 4.0 offer random access with Enterprise Object Storage and enhanced performance through accelerated location and retrieval of data assets.

Social media streams are increasingly subject to the same compliance mandates as other types of data, including file and email. GridBank 4.0 introduces the industry’s first social media REST API that delivers a common interface to any social media provider so that social streams and instant messaging data can be brought into the centralised GridBank storage repository to be indexed and archived for compliance, e-Discovery and analytics.

The GridBank 4.0 solution enables data intensive organisations such as those in financial services, healthcare, oil and gas, life sciences, education and research institutions to leverage data as a strategic asset. GridBank’s Distributed Metadata Repository embeds the intelligence into the infrastructure so organisations can point big data analytics tools at the metadata store rather than the broader data repositories, eliminating the need for migration to separate analytics storage pools and enabling real time, data-in-place analytics.

GridBank 4.0 features include:

Platform Flexibility

  • Enterprise Linux support
  • CDMI, OpenStack and S3 API
  • Sync and Share REST API for 3rd party clients
  • Supports Linear Tape File System (LTFS) for libraries, as well as tape in the cloud

Enhanced Performance

  • Random access through Enterprise Object Storage
  • Policy-driven automatic pool-to-pool and tier-to-tier performance profiling and migration

End-to-End Risk Management

  • Social Media REST API delivers common interface to any social media provider
  • Supports Outlook Web Access, offline email support and PST management
  • Provides support for Android, iPad and iPhone smart clients (BYOD)
  • Supports healthcare file formats, including DICOM 3.0

Adding Value to Data

  • Windows search capability integrates global data access into existing workflow
  • Post processing tagging and policies for enhanced data classification


GridBank 4.0 will be generally available in the first quarter of 2014.  Contact Tarmin to participate in the private GridBank for Linux Beta Program beginning January 1, 2014.


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