Earlier this year, Hammerspace debuted its data-as-a-microservice feature, bringing stateful data to applications across multiple Kubernetes clusters, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or both. Now, the company has put out a new release that will help to further secure and protect that data, no matter where it lives.
The entire idea of “hammerspace” is derived from cartoons, where characters seem able to pull out an endless supply of various tools from thin air, and with this latest release, the phenomena’s namesake company has further expanded this space with a feature that it says breaks new ground for some storage types. Though a familiar feature for the personal operating systems, Douglas Fallstrom, vice president of products and operations at Hammerspace, said that the ability to undelete files with Hammerspace is something new.
“Now, you can set protection policies on your data at the file-granular basis. If you had a grumpy employee that is getting laid off and they just go and delete all the data on the common file share, you would have to rely on a snapshot, but what if these people created data the other day and it wasn’t covered by the snapshot? With Hammerspace, you don’t lose anything,” Fallstrom told The New Stack. “The moment the file is deleted, it’s captured by undelete. Undelete keeps it for the time period and will also include it then the next snapshot,so you can always go back and restore to that point if needed. It’s the first, to our knowledge, undelete capability for NAS. You can have undelete on the left side, in your data center, turned on and you can restore the data in the cloud.”
Alongside the undelete feature, Hammerspace is also releasing snapshot usability enhancements, and the ability to better protect data in transit with encryption, using a Key Management Server (KMS) integration.
“We are excited to announce updates to Hammerspace’s cloud-native data services to enhance the protection and security of data as it is accessed across the hybrid multi-cloud,” said Fallstrom in a company statement. “Now, our customers can accelerate their cloud journey while maintaining tight security over their data anywhere across the infrastructure.”
The product has also moved in the direction of data organization and management, with an Automated Data Classification feature, which Fallstrom says lets users more easily see what type of data they have where.
“As data moves to the cloud, cloud storage and object storage, we automatically classify data with MIME type information,” wrote Fallstrom in an email. “This enables users to run reports on what kind of data they have and also to navigate the share using the MIME information as a filter.”
Further along these lines, Hammerspace also released a metadata harvesting integration, which Fallstrom said could be used to not simply use MIME types to find types of data, but, for example, use Amazon image recognition services to help find data according to what it is.
“That gives you another, more detailed view of the metadata that’s much more granular,” said Fallstrom. “It’s great to know that you have JPEGs, but what are they pictures of? If a customer has a public file share, they may want to make sure that no one is storing nude images and stuff like that.”
Since the last time we spoke with Hammerspace, the company has also brought its data-as-a-service tool to the marketplaces for both Amazon and Google Clouds, and the company expects availability on the Azure Marketplace sometime in early 2020. The company has also said that its Universal Global Namespace feature, which Hammerspace provides to centralize access to data across clouds and on-prem, has entered a beta preview and should be ready for production in a later release later this year.