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StorSimple, TwinStrata add support for OpenStack Rackspace; other news

StorSimple and TwinStrata each announce integration with the OpenStack Rackspace platform; Caringo, CTERA partner on object-based cloud storage; plus more cloud storage news.

Enterprise cloud storage provider StorSimple Inc. has integrated its enterprise cloud storage solution with the OpenStack Rackspace system. This collaboration allows all StorSimple appliances to integrate with Rackspace Cloud Files. Cloud Files is an open source, OpenStack service that provides on-demand online storage for files and media.

"A lot of the third-party cloud providers -- like what you have from Rackspace and what Dell and HP are doing from an enterprise perspective -- these are all classic traditional enterprise vendors. As they start building these clouds, they're all going ahead and making a bet on OpenStack," said StorSimple CEO Ursheet Parikh.

"What we're looking to do is provide the bridge that connects a lot of the on-premises applications on Windows and VMware," he explained. "[We want to] provide basically a hybrid storage solution that makes it possible to use a lot of these OpenStack-based clouds with traditional enterprise applications."

The StorSimple appliance automatically tiers deduplicated and compressed data into the Rackspace Cloud Files Service, while StorSimple brings additional security features, including data encryption and on-premises key management. The appliance includes features such as snapshots and what StorSimple refers to as "Cloud Clones," which allow for off-site data replication and instant restore. All these features will be available to Rackspace customers through StorSimple.

"OpenStack is really kind of becoming the Linux of the cloud and cloud storage world," Parikh said, noting that the open source platform is being picked up by a handful of other providers along with StorSimple.

Less than two weeks ago, TwinStrata also announced support for Rackspace Cloud Files, and stated that Rackspace will be featuring its CloudArray virtual machine as part of the Rackspace Cloud Tools Program. The TwinStrata array is available in virtual and physical appliance configurations.

Parikh believes the open source model behind OpenStack's Rackspace is the solution that makes the economics work for public cloud computing offerings.

"[Larger companies] can all rally behind one open source platform, [which] makes the economics work well for them," he said. "It can also be a source of control. If I'm an executive at one of the major cloud computing providers and I want to go ahead and spend a few hundred million building a cloud, one of the things open source gives me is that if something is not to my liking I can always put my engineers to work to tweak it, extend it or customize it. Or if there's a problem, I can go ahead and fix it."

And in other news in the cloud storage space:

Relativity Media and DRFortress select Nirvanix cloud storage solutions

Relativity Media has selected the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network as its content collaboration solution. Relativity will leverage the cloud to bring film and television projects to completion faster as the Nirvanix product enables global access to content files.

The West Hollywood, Calif.-based independent motion picture studio will depend on the global network of data centers that Nirvanix holds. This will allow Relativity to upload a file in one location and ensure that it’s available in any other location. With Nirvanix’s data consistency software, Relativity can make changes to any file and those changes are immediately reflected across the whole cloud.

Nirvanix also announced that DRFortress, a managed co-location services provider in Hawaii, will deploy a Nirvanix Hybrid Cloud Storage solution and offer consumption-based data backup and archival services across the Pacific Rim. DRFortress represents the ninth data center that is now part of the global Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network.

Sanbolic's Melio named 'key ingredient' in Intel cloud solution guide

Sanbolic Inc.'s Melio software platform has been included as a "key ingredient" in the Intel Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) "Build a Private Cloud with System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0/Policy-Based Power Management" solution guide. The guide offers a pre-validated "recipe" for deploying a private cloud using Sanbolic Melio in conjunction with Microsoft Hyper-V and Intel Server Boards powered by the Intel Xeon processor.

Caringo, CTERA partner on object-based cloud storage

Caringo Inc. and CTERA Networks Ltd. have forged a partnership that integrates Caringo's CAStor object storage software with CTERA's Cloud Attached Storage gateways and CTERA Portal to provide a cloud storage solution.

The Caringo CAStor object storage platform can leverage any x86 server hardware, and is software that enables storage for unstructured data. Service providers using Caringo as storage infrastructure for their cloud storage service can scale incrementally up or down a single hard drive at a time, and also upgrade and retire hardware. CTERA Portal lets cloud service providers create service plans, centrally manage all aspects of backup and recovery, synchronize cloud and local drives, set up service provisioning, manage status monitoring, and take care of billing and reporting.

ArcMail announces ArcMail Defender Cloud Storage Gateway

ArcMail Technology Inc. announced the ArcMail Defender Cloud Storage Gateway, a new gateway technology that combines storage platform flexibility with instant search and retrieval. Available immediately, the gateway indexes and stores up to 8 TB of search data locally to deliver fast search and retrieval speeds. The remainder is stored as original source files on one or more remote storage platforms of the customer’s choosing, giving the organization the opportunity to meet their specific requirements for scalability, security and vendor choice. ArcMail utilizes encryption on the source data to ensure highly secure remote storage.

IT-Lifeline uses CommVault software to deliver cloud-based disaster recovery service

Business recovery service provider IT-Lifeline is using CommVault Simpana 9 to deliver a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service designed for midsize organizations. IT-Lifeline's Blackcloud Edge service takes advantage of Simpana software's integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide a DR cloud the firm claims costs customers up to 50% less than traditional DR services. Simpana software integrates source-side deduplication, data encryption and cloud integration, and moves on-premises backup and archive data into and out of Amazon's cloud.

IWave Software introduces iWave Storage Director 1.5

IWave Software, a provider of storage and cloud automation solutions, introduced iWave Storage Director 1.5, a storage automation platform that lets companies develop and operate cloud-based storage services on demand using their existing storage infrastructures.

The product uses iWave Software's cloud orchestration platform and works with third-party adapters such as EMC and NetApp storage arrays, Brocade and Cisco switches, and a number of hosts and applications, including Windows, Linux, VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle and SQL Server. Support for storage arrays from additional vendors, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and others, is expected in 2012.

NovaStor releases NovaBackup Version 12.5

NovaStor Corp. announced the availability of NovaBackup Version 12.5 for public and private cloud platforms. The newest release has added support for the latest version of Microsoft SQL and VMware, and NovaStor claims the latest version has increased performance up to 10 times.

The company's new cloud backup solutions -- NovaBackup xSP and NovaBackup Remote Workforce 12.5 -- optimize both the cloud storage server and client software to increase speeds. Version 12.5 has extended its network-attached storage (NAS) security support facilitating compliance with internal security policies for backups on local NAS file systems.

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