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Tributary says “Get the Led Out”

By Shawn Sabanayagam, CEO and Glenn Garrahan, Director HPE Business, Tributary Systems

Tributary Systems


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“Get the Led Out”? What? Isn’t the expression “Get the Lead Out”? Well sure, unless you’re talking about the classic heavy metal pioneers, Led Zeppelin!

Richard titled this month’s “Buckle-up” Blog “The Song Remains the Same”, and then asked me if I knew what group released this 1975 album. Well, given my age (I started high school in 1970), I knew it was the soundtrack (and also a movie) for Led Zeppelin’s 1973 concert tour. Most anyone in high school back then is very familiar with Led Zeppelin.

The band formed in 1969 from what was left of the Yardbirds. Legend has it that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and John Bonham were sitting around one evening, probably under the influence some foreign substances, trying to decide on a name for the group. One of them suggested “The New Yardbirds”, and upon hearing that, another said “well that ought to go over like a Lead Zeppelin”. Minus one “a”, that became their moniker.

Zeppelin’s first album, Led Zeppelin 1, was released 50 years ago, and one of two hit singles from that album was “Communication Breakdown”, actually one of my favorites. The chorus goes like this:

Communication  breakdown

It’s always the same

I’m having a nervous breakdown

Drives me insane!

Well we here at Tributary Systems don’t want any NonStop professional going insane from a communication breakdown, that’s why we provide Storage Director to the NonStop ecosphere.

Our flagship product, Storage Director, provides a simple, cost effective, secure and high performance interface to both Public and/or Private (on-premise) Clouds for archiving and backup operations. Tributary is a valued partner with both IBM and Hitachi, and Storage Director is designed to “communicate without breakdown” to both IBM’s Cloud Object Storage and Hitachi’s HCP (Hitachi Content Platform). This versatility eliminates the need for platform specific on-premise backup storage infrastructure, be it disk or tape. Storage Director’s extreme backup and restore (Read and Write) performance allows backup data to be written to Public Cloud object storage solutions such as AWS, Google, Azure, IBM COS and Hitachi HCP, with high speeds. In fact, per node measured performance on Storage Director keeps going up and up.  If the host can push it, Storage Director can now ingest data at 20TB/hour per node and restore at 17TB/hour per node. For customers with backup window time constraints, performance like this will prove invaluable.

And if required, Storage Director, when properly configured, has the ability to internally or externally cache backups on-premise and then push the data to a public or private cloud via customer defined policies.  Storage Director is now certified compatible with Hitachi G350, G600 and G950 storage arrays for use as external cache, in addition to the IBM Storwize V5000, V7000 and HPE P2000. Internal cache is also available per customer requirements, and is shipped from Tributary Systems fully integrated and tested.

Why is caching important? Primarily for two reasons, Storage Director’s caching capability allows for the reduction or elimination of ingress and egress fees, and backups are immediately available on-premise within the cache, should any issues arise with restore from the Public Cloud.

Take a moment to review this presentation we’ve created on Storage Director, learn how NonStop users can take advantage of the cloud in a simple, straightforward manner, with no disruption to existing infrastructure.

Storage Director is currently in production in datacenter environments at four of the 20 largest (Fortune 20) corporations in the US, and for 10 years or more.  References are available.

As always, if you’d like additional information on Storage Director, visit, or contact our Sales Director, Matt Allen, at 817-786-3066 (office) or 713-492-7434 (cell). Matt can also be reached at


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