Hammerspace, the provider of the global data environment for on-premises data centers and public cloud infrastructures, launches its latest enhancements to the Hammerspace global environment, enriching the value of data and collaboration with the Hammerspace metadata plugin , user-initiated file protection, automated file checkout, and global auditing functionality, each integrated into the Hammerspace metadata control plane. This announcement also highlights Hammerspace’s integration with Alchemi Data’s Elasticsearch solution for accelerated global parallel file system searching.

The reality is that users, applications, data centers, etc. are distributed; they are of different types and sources, and Hammerspace unifies them under one global filesystem. Global file access is a reality within the global Hammerspace environment, compatible with any vendor system stored with your data. The data is directly usable; Hammerspace’s new features make it possible to define global data policies for all data, anywhere. With seamless integration into existing workflows and applications, native integration with workflow management, and additional capability to create and act on custom metadata, these features further enhance, automate, and streamline the global workflow environment. data.

“From the user’s point of view, he only sees his desktop. They don’t know if their file is one place or another, and that’s completely normal,” said Floyd Christofferson, vice president of product marketing at Hammerspace. “From an administrator’s perspective, they can manage where that data is, everywhere. This means that they can browse, manage, move or place it all according to their needs. And also bring telemetry on this data from any storage and be able to make business decisions and rules on how this is done.

The Hammerspace metadata plugin uses existing Windows desktops to add and manage custom metadata tags and metadata-based workloads that are scripted and can be viewed and manipulated by client or third-party tools. Custom metadata enriches files to trigger downstream workflows and data protection actions, empowering files to mobilize. Automation plays a key role in how the plugin works, automating the movement of data across silos or locations, transparent workflows for users, and data policies for enhanced collaboration and compliance.

User-initiated file protection and recovery integrates the user experience with the ability to initiate restores to previous file states or Windows file versions independent of ITOps. This feature increases user productivity, while adapting to their existing skills. Rollbacks are immediate; users do not have to wait to revert to a previous file state, regardless of its storage system in the global data environment.

With Hammerspace’s File Reservation Policy, users can reserve files to mitigate workflow conflicts. When users want to work on a file in the same instance, this feature alleviates friction between opposing operations.

Creation and management of the global audit log of file system operations via system ACLs in SMB and NFS is available in the Hammerspace global data environment, cultivating rich and impermeable security systems for decentralized environments. Like the aforementioned features, the storage type or location of the file instance is irrelevant to Global Audit functions. Copying or moving data to other sites or platforms is also not a problematic process: Hammerspace’s management of data placements across different sites ensures file system security.

In conjunction with Alchemi Data’s Elasticsearch solution, the Global Data Environment now enables searches of the Hammerspace parallel global file system for enhanced data discovery, as well as document scanning from Alchemi Data to identify user-defined keywords. The keywords are then acquired and implemented in Hammerspace metadata, enriching the management and access to files in the environment.

“Users can leverage the storage of their choice to meet their data goals,” Christofferson continued. “Hammerspace’s innovation is to enable users to take control of their data on any storage, from any vendor, from any location, in any cloud, in a way transparent. We allow this upper layer of users and applications to continue their work without having to worry about where their data resides.

The Hammerspace Metadata plugin is readily available for Windows and awaits a future release for Linux and Mac. File reservation policy and global auditing are also readily available. User-initiated file protection will be available in October 2022. A technical preview is available from Hammerspace for Alchemi Data Elasticsearch integration.

For more information on the Hammerspace Global Data Environment and its latest features, please visit https://www.hammerspace.com/.