Seagate has announced a solution for modular data storage, which should make it possible to physically migrate data between enterprises, clouds and edge devices. Lyve Drive, as the solution is called, should make it easier for companies to physically transport data when this is not possible or not fast enough over the network.

There are a large number of industries and use cases for this type of modular storage, reports ITprotoday. For example, media and entertainment organisations generate enormous amounts of data, without a standard way of transporting that data to production sites.

Use cases

A modular system can also make sense in areas such as oil & gas, where the amounts of drilling or seismic data can be enormous. Furthermore, autonomous vehicle research, compliance, construction, aviation and drones are mentioned as use cases.

Safety is also a factor. For example, the images in surveillance cameras must be transported to a central office. “All this data generated at the edge of traditional data centers needs a way to be moved from one location to another, and in some cases networks are not fast enough,” says Greg Schulz, senior advisory analyst at StorageIO.

According to Schulz, the solution can also play a role in the enterprise when it comes to physical storage of critical data. “Many organisations need to protect a lot of data in large amounts, whether it’s migrating that data to the cloud or to their own archives, and they don’t want to transport tapes, regular SSDs or hard drives anymore,” said Schulz. “They want the ability to connect modularly.”