Unleashing the Full Potential of Object Storage Technology with SEAL
In today’s digital age, enterprises are generating massive volumes of unstructured data, ranging from emails and documents to images and videos. To efficiently store and manage such data, many organizations are turning to object storage technologies provided by top vendors like Hitachi Vantara with their HCP, Dell with their ECS, or public cloud vendors like Azure with its blob storage or AWS with its S3 object storage. However, most of the time, these technologies are only used for one or two data sources and not at their full potential as an enterprise-wide unified content repository. Moreover, the value of these technologies is often visible only to IT personnel, and NOT to business users, leading to marginal usage by customers.
This is where SEAL comes in. As a content efficiency, compliance, and automation platform, SEAL adds a business software layer on top of any object storage technology, transforming it into an enterprise-wide unified content repository with business functionalities for line-of-business users.
SEAL adds advanced (but simple-to-use by non-IT users) content management and automation capabilities on top of the technical features of the object storage technology, including: document capture and intelligent document processing (OCR, AI-based intelligent content extraction, etc.), enterprise content management (security, classification, navigation, searching, retrieving, viewing with embedded viewer, secure sharing, full content life cycle management), records management and compliance capabilities (retention management, file plan, controlled disposal and updates, advanced audit), low-code content automation (business workflows, business rules engine, digital mailroom), and ready-made connectors for productivity applications like Microsoft O365, Microsoft Teams, or SharePoint, making it easy for line of business people to work with enterprise content as part of company business processes.
Additionally, it offers ready-made connectors for top enterprise applications generating business content like SAP, Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics.
One of the main benefits of offloading unstructured content from enterprise applications with SEAL and the object technology behind is better application performance. Unstructured content is often a performance bottleneck in enterprise applications, and by offloading it to a separate repository, application performance can be improved. This is because the unified repository is optimized for storing unstructured content, while enterprise applications are not.
Another benefit of offloading unstructured content from enterprise applications is improved user experience. By connecting the unified repository to major enterprise applications, users can access all their content data in one place. This improves the user experience by making it easier to find and access information. Users no longer have to search through multiple applications to find the information they need.
Offloading unstructured content from enterprise applications can also lead to reduced storage costs. The unified repository is optimized for storing unstructured content, which means businesses can reduce their storage costs by offloading unstructured content from enterprise applications. This is because the unified repository is designed to store large volumes of unstructured content at a lower cost than traditional storage solutions.
Finally, offloading unstructured content can lead to better data governance. By centralizing unstructured content in the unified repository, businesses can improve their data governance practices. They can implement consistent policies and procedures for all content data, regardless of its source. This ensures that all content data is governed by the same rules and regulations, which improves compliance and reduces risk.
With SEAL, customers have total freedom to move to the cloud, stay on-premises, or use a hybrid scenario, with any object storage technology used.
In conclusion, SEAL adds tremendous value to any object storage technology, making it easy for enterprises to unlock the full potential of an enterprise-wide unified content repository. With SEAL, customers can seamlessly manage and automate their content, increase compliance and governance, and improve overall business efficiency, all while maintaining the freedom to choose the object storage technology that best fits their needs.