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Astute Networks adds support for NFS, OpenStack cloud

Flash appliance vendor Astute Networks today announced the latest version of its ViSX G4 operating system that now supports NFS and OpenStack Block Storage (“Cinder”) for private and public clouds.

Keith Klarer, Astute founder and vice president of engineering, said ViSX can be used as an NFS target within OpenStack or as a block iSCSI device within OpenStack. The new version,ViSX OS 5, gives Astute cloud support it previously lacked.

“This is the first integration of our service into the cloud,” Klarer said. “We are starting with OpenStack because we think cloud OpenStack has the biggest opportunities. Rackspace is OpenStack-based and so is Dell and IBM SoftLayer. ”

An OpenStack Cinder compute plug-in can be downloaded and it talks directly to the ViSX platform. The Cinder features are managed directly by an OpenStack interface. Previously, the ViSX interface had to be used.

“OpenStack has its own interface,” Klarer said. “You don’t have to manage separately from OpenStack. OpenStack can directly control our applications.”

Klarer said virtualized applications that are moved to a private or public cloud need high-performance storage. Within OpenStack, data storage space can be defined and allocated to applications and then quickly provision high-performance storage in virtualized and cloud environments.

“OpenStack can directly control applications and anything you need to do for management,” Klarer said.

Other benefits to the OpenStack support include the ability to bypass VMware license fees to manage applications, allocate storage and migration among servers.

“OpenStack give you the same functionality but it provides it for free,” Klarer said. “The open virtualization management layer is free. People are seeing a value to these alternatives.”

Ashish Nadkarni, research director for storage software at IDC, said Astute faces an uphill battle even with the new capabilities.

“Their claim to fame is an ASIC. In a world of software-defined storage, where does a company with a custom ASIC go?” he asked.

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