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RainStor Reins In Soaring Data Costs

RainStor, which specializes in online data retention and retrieval, has tweaked its software for machine-generated data--data that, like the rest of the data universe, is expanding explosively. Using research from a recent Cisco study (Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2010-2015), the company says that data traffic nearly tripled in 2010.

This communications data includes call detail records, mobile Web browsing, text messages and essentially all mobile transactions that need to be retained for months and sometimes years. RainStor says that unlike traditional relational database technologies, its software (4.5) is designed to handle tens of billions of records per day and queries across trillion-record archives at significantly lower storage costs.

Available immediately, RainStor 4.5 features a number of improvements, including better data ingestion and compression rates for large data sets, faster query and response across trillion-record archives (typically 2 to 3 seconds), and up to two-thirds reduction in storage costs by moving from a combined SAN/NAS solution to a NAS-only capability. The company says its compression capabilities, where 40x to 50x compression rates were typical, have been revved up by an additional 35 percent or more (Intra-Column De-Dupe).

Last November, RainStor combined forces with Teradata to address the "big data" market, offering customers up to 50x-plus compression rates and "the lowest price per terabyte," as well as storage footprint reduction of up to 97 percent. According to IDC, the digital universe is currently about 500 exabytes (500 billion gigabytes) and will double every 18 months.

Organizations are being buried in data, so getting a handle on this data is critical, says RainStor. The company claims it can reduce the typical database/warehouse 20 times, by compressing 2 petabytes to 100 terabytes, and reduce the number of servers required for data loading and queries from 100 to 10.

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