You want to keep your hot data hot and your cold data cold. That’s the idea behind a data-access-management patent issued to Zettaset on June 23. The new technology, dubbed “DiamondLane” by the company, allows administrators and developers to prioritize the storage of data based on its “temperature.”

That temperature setting amounts to varying degrees of hot and cold. Hot data, accessed frequently, can be tagged and stored in RAM or on an SSD. Cold data, which is accessed less frequently, can be put in hard drive storage or other longer-term, slower-moving formats.

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Data’s temperature is assessed by the system while it is in motion, and thus data access is monitored and data is labeled accordingly, automatically.

Jim Vogt, CEO of Zettaset, said, “DiamondLane is the only technology specifically designed to optimize data access and performance in complex, distributed computing environments like Hadoop. Now IT organizations can intelligently manage data storage, total-cost-of-ownership, and provide performance-differentiated data-access service levels for end users and their business-critical applications.”

Zettaset, until now, has branded itself as a Hadoop security company. DiamondLane is designed to complement the access and security controls for data that already exist in the company’s product line.