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SwiftStack public Cloud Sync starts with Amazon, Google

Object storage provider SwiftStack Inc. has added hybrid cloud synchronization to its OpenStack-based software controller.

SwiftStack Cloud Sync allows data or subsets of data to exist simultaneously behind a firewall and in multiple public clouds.  Customers with private SwiftStack cloud storage could create data copies in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Google Compute Platform and replicate between the two.

Cloud Sync replicates native objects between physical nodes and the public cloud. SwiftStack does not charge extra to support multiple copies of objects in different locations. The hybrid cloud topology places data in a single namespace.

Mario Blandini, SwiftStack’s vice president of marketing, said Cloud Sync policy management extends the storage of a physical enterprise data center.

“Cloud Sync moves your data close to where your application is running. We synchronize your data to the public cloud.  It’s not a one-time copy; it’s a continuous sync based on policies that are applied to S3 or Google (storage),” Blandini said.

Distributed users can collaborate securely by accessing the same data bucket via Cloud Sync. Other use cases include active archiving, cloud bursting, offsite disaster recovery and cold archiving with Amazon Glacier and Google Cloud Storage Nearline.

Blandini said SwiftStack customers requested additional cloud support beyond Amazon Web Services.

“Customers buy servers from multiple vendors,” he said. “They want the same consumption experience with the public cloud. They want to have data in Amazon and Google and be able to balance between them.”

Existing SwiftStack customers can obtain Cloud Sync at no charge. SwiftStack’s capacity-based licensing starts at $375 per terabyte annually for a minimum of 50 TB.