Storage solutions

Rethinking storage solutions for logistics.

Modern-day storage virtualisation: storage solutions for every need. Say goodbye to expensive investments in storage hardware.

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  • High-availability storage
  • Extremely fast, even with extremely high access rates
  • High data security
  • Flexible storage structure
  • Cost certainty
  • Hot-swappable hardware

Why logistics providers need new storage solutions

As the working world has become increasingly unpredictable in recent years, logistics providers have had to respond swiftly to the new circumstances. That's easier to do if you don't have to worry about how much storage space your servers have. Using software-defined storage (SDS) technology, you can virtualise your storage and improve its speed and availability. This consolidates multiple hardware storage units so they can be used as a unified virtual storage system. You thereby gain the flexibility to easily swap out individual hardware components during regular operations. Your business will keep running even if a component fails.

Keep your IT budget under control with software-defined storage

Investments in new data storage solutions generally last for five to ten years. In the beginning, you pay for more storage than you need. If everything grows faster than expected, you will exhaust your capacity after a few years. This comes at a high cost, reducing your cash flow. Software-defined storage makes you more flexible, avoids the need for buy costly hardware but instead lets you pay monthly for the storage you actually use. This saves costs and simplifies planning. We also manage your storage cost-efficiently by distinguishing between cold, warm and hot data. That makes your storage solution just as nimble as your logistics business.

Failover for 24/7 highly available data

Functioning supply chains require information to be exchanged in real time. System failures or data losses affect everyone involved in the supply chain, quickly causing delays. Our storage software uses automatic failover and synchronous data mirroring to back up not only your data, but also your entire supply chain. If a server or network fails, or needs to be shut down for maintenance, failover keeps your critical systems constantly available. This is because the system automatically and seamlessly switches to a physically separated, mirrored copy. The monitoring software provides the only sign that the component needs to be replaced or restarted. Once everything is working again, the content is synchronised automatically. Virtualised storage ensures uninterrupted data access and constant data availability.

Changing hardware without
failures or maintenance windows

When physical storage reaches its capacity limits or the end of its lifecycle, companies without software-defined storage face costly hardware investments and downtime risks when switching to the new equipment. This is not an option especially in the 24/7 world of logistics. With storage virtualisation, you manage all the storage devices from a single console, easily swap out individual components on the fly and avoid performance degradation or downtime. And that is why we do not need maintenance windows. Virtualisation even makes it possible to combine physical storage units from different vendors.

Because data security matters

If you cannot store your data in the cloud for data protection reasons but use servers on your premises instead, you can make your data records even more secure with software-defined storage. Special data backup and recovery technology can document changes with a time stamp. For example, if a malware attack corrupts the data, you can use the rollback option to recover the old data. If a user has deleted a file, an administrator can restore it using the same method.

Why switch to virtualised storage solutions?

Traditional storage hardware entails problems such as enormous costs, high latencies, frequent downtimes, complex migrations and time-consuming management of the individual components. Modern storage systems use a virtualisation layer to separate the storage management software from the hardware infrastructure. This is essentially the "brain" that provisions capacity, assures privacy and intelligently places the data. It significantly increases flexibility, too.

Virtualised storage visibly improves performance with AI-based algorithms that, for example, intelligently distribute, compress and deduplicate data. Automatic data mirroring keeps things running smoothly even if a component fails, while technicians are free to replace or upgrade the hardware at any time.

Storage solutions:
scale faster and more easily

You can future-proof your storage strategy with our virtualised storage solutions.

Faster data processing

The virtualisation layer sorts your data and applications into hot, warm and cold categories. The hotter they are, the more often you use them and the more available they are.

Scaling made easy

Today, storage infrastructure must be fast, nimble and scalable. You can use the software layer to simply replace or add hardware without interrupting operations.

Break up storage silos

Intelligent systems let you combine different storage systems, improving overall capacity, performance and data placement.

Controlled data growth

Unlike traditional storage solutions, SDS can intelligently handle enormous data growth while compressing and deduplicating data sets. This reduces the need for storage space.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between cold, warm and hot data?

The amount of data in logistics companies is increasing enormously. While you can easily wait a second for some data, such as delivery receipts, you need database accesses in milliseconds. Modern storage systems define different storage classes based on hot, warm and cold data. Hot data is used constantly and is the basis for business-critical real-time decisions. They are kept in quickly accessible storage. Warm data, on the other hand, is not regularly in use, but is kept readily available just in case. Cold data is rarely accessed and can therefore be stored as cheaply as possible.

How do I pay for my storage?

You only pay for the storage you actually use (pay per use). This makes it much easier to calculate your monthly expenses.

What is a failover and how do I benefit?

Unexpected errors can occur in any system despite intensive monitoring. We use failover to significantly increase the reliability of the servers and systems. This means that we run two systems in parallel. If the primary component fails, the secondary or even the replacement system can take over automatically. Especially in critical infrastructures, where systems must be constantly available, failover is standard.