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FileOrbis-Dell PowerScale OneFS Integration

This paper describes how FileOrbis integrates with Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS.

FileOrbis is a Secure Content Management and Enterprise File Sharing with Integrated Security solution. Dell PowerScale OneFS is the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform.

FileOrbis’ data classification capabilities based on data type and content, when integrated with intelligent tiering and data SLA (Service Level Agreement) capabilities available in Dell PowerScale OneFS provide unmatched data management, collaboration, and governance solution for enterprise users in file granularity regardless of their physical location and device that they are on. Enterprise IT having full control of the corporate’s most valuable asset in the form of data, combined solution provides greater flexibility in accessing, managing data along with tight security driven by corporate security policies.

FileOrbis-Dell PowerScale OneFS Integration

This paper describes how FileOrbis integrates with Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS.

FileOrbis is a Secure Content Management and Enterprise File Sharing with Integrated Security solution. Dell PowerScale OneFS is the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform.

FileOrbis’ data classification capabilities based on data type and content, when integrated with intelligent tiering and data SLA (Service Level Agreement) capabilities available in Dell PowerScale OneFS provide unmatched data management, collaboration, and governance solution for enterprise users in file granularity regardless of their physical location and device that they are on. Enterprise IT having full control of the corporate’s most valuable asset in the form of data, combined solution provides greater flexibility in accessing, managing data along with tight security driven by corporate security policies.

About Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS

The power of the OneFS operating system PowerScale OneFS is the operating system powering the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform. Apart from unlocking the potential within your unstructured data, OneFS enables you to store, manage, protect, secure and analyze your data while running a wide-variety of applications.

OneFS provides a scalable, high-performance, modular storage architecture that enables you to innovate with your data. With built-in interoperability, OneFS-based solutions are simple to manage at any scale, and capacity can be provisioned in minutes to your cluster. A single volume, single filesystem, and single namespace enable you to consolidate your data and eliminate storage silos. Regardless of the number of nodes in your cluster, a OneFS powered solution allows you to store and manage many petabytes of data with a single admin.

With support for protocols like NFS, SMB, S3, and HDFS, you can simultaneously run applications that require file and object protocols on the same dataset, which helps you maximize the value of your data in this Data First world.

About Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS

The power of the OneFS operating system PowerScale OneFS is the operating system powering the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform. Apart from unlocking the potential within your unstructured data, OneFS enables you to store, manage, protect, secure and analyze your data while running a wide-variety of applications.

OneFS provides a scalable, high-performance, modular storage architecture that enables you to innovate with your data. With built-in interoperability, OneFS-based solutions are simple to manage at any scale, and capacity can be provisioned in minutes to your cluster. A single volume, single filesystem, and single namespace enable you to consolidate your data and eliminate storage silos. Regardless of the number of nodes in your cluster, a OneFS powered solution allows you to store and manage many petabytes of data with a single admin.

With support for protocols like NFS, SMB, S3, and HDFS, you can simultaneously run applications that require file and object protocols on the same dataset, which helps you maximize the value of your data in this Data First world.

About FileOrbis

FileOrbis is an on-premise/on-cloud content management system equipped with unique operation and control features allowing you to:

  • Enforce security scans and controls on your files
  • Conduct content and sensitive data analysis on your files
  • Share your files with internal and external users
  • Manage permissions and access for your files
  • Access your files from everywhere

FileOrbis is a consolidating platform that can manage file servers, user profile folders, user-specific areas, and network disks. With FileOrbis, you both create an access channel for all your file systems and have an integrated management system.

FileOrbis does not consider content management only through a single perspective such as access, authorization management, file sharing, logging, etc. but helps enterprises at any point related to content management. By integrating with security and content analysis solutions like antivirus, sandbox, DLP, etc. FileOrbis enables you to run all file environments together and/or in series and more effectively.

About FileOrbis

FileOrbis is an on-premise/on-cloud content management system equipped with unique operation and control features allowing you to:

  • Enforce security scans and controls on your files
  • Conduct content and sensitive data analysis on your files
  • Share your files with internal and external users
  • Manage permissions and access for your files
  • Access your files from everywhere

FileOrbis is a consolidating platform that can manage file servers, user profile folders, user-specific areas, and network disks. With FileOrbis, you both create an access channel for all your file systems and have an integrated management system.

FileOrbis does not consider content management only through a single perspective such as access, authorization management, file sharing, logging, etc. but helps enterprises at any point related to content management. By integrating with security and content analysis solutions like antivirus, sandbox, DLP, etc. FileOrbis enables you to run all file environments together and/or in series and more effectively.

Challenge

Due to the complexity increase in the IT landscape and the use of different multi-vendor services and applications, the challenge of effectively managing these services and applications has become like hitting a brick wall to many. IT professionals are expected to follow best practices, solve every incident, and keep themselves updated with new technical approaches to excel at managing those tools like no other.

Like any aspect of the business, controlling cost plays a significant role, especially in IT operations. The cost of having a just-enough-competent IT support team is skyrocketing, let alone hiring highly specialized individuals. This situation presents a massive challenge for IT operations managers because they must ensure getting the right talent to help provide the needed support as expected while managing the budget wisely.

Periodic follow-ups and tracking team efforts and collaboration is a necessity but time-consuming. IT directors are in a constant search for a way to centralize this process or at least ease it so they can lead efficiently while fulfilling the need of the enterprise IT regularly as expected.

Challenge

Due to the complexity increase in the IT landscape and the use of different multi-vendor services and applications, the challenge of effectively managing these services and applications has become like hitting a brick wall to many. IT professionals are expected to follow best practices, solve every incident, and keep themselves updated with new technical approaches to excel at managing those tools like no other.

Like any aspect of the business, controlling cost plays a significant role, especially in IT operations. The cost of having a just-enough-competent IT support team is skyrocketing, let alone hiring highly specialized individuals. This situation presents a massive challenge for IT operations managers because they must ensure getting the right talent to help provide the needed support as expected while managing the budget wisely.

Periodic follow-ups and tracking team efforts and collaboration is a necessity but time-consuming. IT directors are in a constant search for a way to centralize this process or at least ease it so they can lead efficiently while fulfilling the need of the enterprise IT regularly as expected.

Integrated Solution Overview

Integrated and ease of management are two pillars that led us to build a solution having two platforms work together and promote each other’s capabilities. The combined solution provides file-granular management for unstructured data sets and automation by leveraging each platform’s capabilities.

FileOrbis is integrated with Dell PowerScale OneFS through OneFS API for data management and access. In FileOrbis management GUI you can create rules that mark and associate files with custom file attributes based on data type, properties, and content. Once files matching certain rules have been processed by FileOrbis rule engine, attributes designated by FileOrbis can become part of files in backing OneFS filesystem in the form of OneFS native extended file attributes. OneFS File Pool Policies using these extended file attributes in conjunction with user and group attributes, time, and data location properties as criteria can provide sophisticated and granular control over the file data sets. With this integration setting the right storage tier, movement and archiving between different storage tiers for the right data can become possible in individual file granularity and with automation. It is also possible to set the right protection, performance-profiles for individual files whichever tier should they reside in.

We will try to explain and illustrate how aforementioned outcomes can be achieved by some real-life examples through the rest of the next section. We believe this illustration will unlock potential benefits and show where it can go further.

Integrated Solution Overview

Integrated and ease of management are two pillars that led us to build a solution having two platforms work together and promote each other’s capabilities. The combined solution provides file-granular management for unstructured data sets and automation by leveraging each platform’s capabilities.

FileOrbis is integrated with Dell PowerScale OneFS through OneFS API for data management and access. In FileOrbis management GUI you can create rules that mark and associate files with custom file attributes based on data type, properties, and content. Once files matching certain rules have been processed by FileOrbis rule engine, attributes designated by FileOrbis can become part of files in backing OneFS filesystem in the form of OneFS native extended file attributes. OneFS File Pool Policies using these extended file attributes in conjunction with user and group attributes, time, and data location properties as criteria can provide sophisticated and granular control over the file data sets. With this integration setting the right storage tier, movement and archiving between different storage tiers for the right data can become possible in individual file granularity and with automation. It is also possible to set the right protection, performance-profiles for individual files whichever tier should they reside in.

We will try to explain and illustrate how aforementioned outcomes can be achieved by some real-life examples through the rest of the next section. We believe this illustration will unlock potential benefits and show where it can go further.

Example 1: Fast Tier Rule

In this scenario, a C-Level user need fast access to his/her files. In order to meet the requirement when a file is created/uploaded by C-Level user through FileOrbis the respective files should be marked for placement on flash-based tier on Dell EMC PowerScale system.
Figure shows how easily a workflow rule on FileOrbis Web Management GUI can be created by providing a name and a type of operation. The “upload” operation is selected for this specific example.

There are many types of operations are available for other purposes such as “Create File”, “Create Folder”, “File Edit, Create Copy, Delete, Move, Rename, Download, Preview, Upload, Share, Share Update, Create Archive, Extract Archive, Recycle Bin Delete, Recycle Bin Move, Recycle Bin Restore, Link Create, Link Remove, Link Update, Link Create Folder, Link Download, Link Preview, Link Upload.

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Example 1: Fast Tier Rule

In this scenario, a C-Level user need fast access to his/her files. In order to meet the requirement when a file is created/uploaded by C-Level user through FileOrbis the respective files should be marked for placement on flash-based tier on Dell EMC PowerScale system.
Figure shows how easily a workflow rule on FileOrbis Web Management GUI can be created by providing a name and a type of operation. The “upload” operation is selected for this specific example.

There are many types of operations are available for other purposes such as “Create File”, “Create Folder”, “File Edit, Create Copy, Delete, Move, Rename, Download, Preview, Upload, Share, Share Update, Create Archive, Extract Archive, Recycle Bin Delete, Recycle Bin Move, Recycle Bin Restore, Link Create, Link Remove, Link Update, Link Create Folder, Link Download, Link Preview, Link Upload.

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Example 2: Sensitive Data File Policy Pool Policy

In this scenario, a use case would be if a file contains equal or more than 10 credit card numbers and has classification filters “top secret” or “secret” set by FileOrbis which are indicator of file being a sensitive one and the protection level should be high as such.
Figure shows that we start by creating a rule on FileOrbis management. We name the rule as Sensitive Data Protection Rule and operation type is upload.

FileOrbis will mark the file containing sensitive data with key=ProtectionLevel, val=High which will be transformed into extended file attributes in OneFS.

Details from the respective File Pool Policy namely “Sensitive Data FPP” on PowerScale management interface is shown. You will see that protection of sensitive data will be changed to “[6x] Mirrored over 6 nodes” when extended file attribute key-value pair is matched.You will see that protection of sensitive data will be changed to “[6x] Mirrored over 6 nodes” when extended file attribute key-value pair is matched.

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Example 2: Sensitive Data File Policy Pool Policy

In this scenario, a use case would be if a file contains equal or more than 10 credit card numbers and has classification filters “top secret” or “secret” set by FileOrbis which are indicator of file being a sensitive one and the protection level should be high as such.
Figure shows that we start by creating a rule on FileOrbis management. We name the rule as Sensitive Data Protection Rule and operation type is upload.

FileOrbis will mark the file containing sensitive data with key=ProtectionLevel, val=High which will be transformed into extended file attributes in OneFS.

Details from the respective File Pool Policy namely “Sensitive Data FPP” on PowerScale management interface is shown. You will see that protection of sensitive data will be changed to “[6x] Mirrored over 6 nodes” when extended file attribute key-value pair is matched.You will see that protection of sensitive data will be changed to “[6x] Mirrored over 6 nodes” when extended file attribute key-value pair is matched.

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Example 3: HR Archive File Pool Policy

In this scenario a file has been uploaded by a member of a group and contains a personal information such as salary, gender, blood type, date and email and more plus custom tags can be created as well. FileOrbis detects the filters and tags these files as CV. Once the file has been marked, it will be moved to the Archive tier upon the next successful SmartPools job.

Figure shows the creation of respective rule in FileOrbis. HR Archive Rule is created and an operation type is set to upload.

The OneFS integration part takes place in the next step. A file containing personal information will be marked with a key=CV, val=True which will be transformed into extended file attributes in OneFS.

HR Archive FFP” File Pool Policy which will move the file to archive tier when the file matching criteria has been met by the next SmartPools job.

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Example 3: HR Archive File Pool Policy

In this scenario a file has been uploaded by a member of a group and contains a personal information such as salary, gender, blood type, date and email and more plus custom tags can be created as well. FileOrbis detects the filters and tags these files as CV. Once the file has been marked, it will be moved to the Archive tier upon the next successful SmartPools job.

Figure shows the creation of respective rule in FileOrbis. HR Archive Rule is created and an operation type is set to upload.

The OneFS integration part takes place in the next step. A file containing personal information will be marked with a key=CV, val=True which will be transformed into extended file attributes in OneFS.

HR Archive FFP” File Pool Policy which will move the file to archive tier when the file matching criteria has been met by the next SmartPools job.

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Addressable Use-Case Opportunities

There are many use cases which can be addressed with the integration at-hand. Some of those are listed below for reference.

  • Compliance driven protection
    • IDs, Credit Card Numbers, IBANs, Gender, IPv4, Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, Blood Types, Custom (regex), etc…
  • Request Source (Right SLA for the right source)
  • Source type-based SLAs
    • Example: Data coming from SAP is accelerated and protected at a higher level
  • Source address-based SLAs
    • Subnet, IP range, individual IPs
  • Example: Data coming from archive servers are placed in the archive tier
  • Data type-based SLAs
    • Example: Media files are archived, office documents are accelerated and protected with a higher protection
  • Source identity-based SLAs
    • Adjust the data SLA based on user and/or group identity
  • User defined classification
  • User defined data profile

Addressable Use-Case Opportunities

There are many use cases which can be addressed with the integration at-hand. Some of those are listed below for reference.

  • Compliance driven protection
    • IDs, Credit Card Numbers, IBANs, Gender, IPv4, Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, Blood Types, Custom (regex), etc…
  • Request Source (Right SLA for the right source)
  • Source type-based SLAs
    • Example: Data coming from SAP is accelerated and protected at a higher level
  • Source address-based SLAs
    • Subnet, IP range, individual IPs
  • Example: Data coming from archive servers are placed in the archive tier
  • Data type-based SLAs
    • Example: Media files are archived, office documents are accelerated and protected with a higher protection
  • Source identity-based SLAs
    • Adjust the data SLA based on user and/or group identity
  • User defined classification
  • User defined data profile

Other Integration Points

FileOrbis engineering team is busy developing more integrations with Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS providing users of both platforms ultimate interlocked software and storage stack experience for their unstructured data management, synchronization and governance needs.

  • File system-based backup and restores with OneFS snapshots
    • File system aware, reliable and fast backup and restores driven by the FileOrbis
  • Both individual and directory based restores
  • File system backed versioning using OneFS clones
    • Zero cost, fast clones
  • Write Once Read Many with OneFS SmartLock
    • Compliance proof, storage back-end sustained WORM capability with OneFS
  • Intelligent file-based WORM committing through file classifications with OneFS
  • Intelligent object-based WORM committing through object locks with ECS

Other Integration Points

FileOrbis engineering team is busy developing more integrations with Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS providing users of both platforms ultimate interlocked software and storage stack experience for their unstructured data management, synchronization and governance needs.

  • File system-based backup and restores with OneFS snapshots
    • File system aware, reliable and fast backup and restores driven by the FileOrbis
  • Both individual and directory based restores
  • File system backed versioning using OneFS clones
    • Zero cost, fast clones
  • Write Once Read Many with OneFS SmartLock
    • Compliance proof, storage back-end sustained WORM capability with OneFS
  • Intelligent file-based WORM committing through file classifications with OneFS
  • Intelligent object-based WORM committing through object locks with ECS