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Parsec Labs LLC is out of stealth with a storage router that uses flash to improve NAS performance, and can tier data across storage and into the cloud through a global namespace.
The HyperQ router serves as a pass-through device for third-party NAS filers. Besides accelerating performance, it can move data across tiers without changing the namespace.
Parsec Labs has three series of HyperQ routers. The HyperQ 1000-D is a desktop model mid-tower device with up to 20 TB of managed data, 1.5 TB of cloud cache, 16 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) cache.
The HyperQ 1000-S server series consists of 1U rack mount boxes that also manage 20 TB of data. The cloud cache goes to 2.5 TB. They use 16 GB of RAM, and the SSD cache is either a 256 GB drive or two mirrored 256 GB drives. The highest model in the 1000 series, the 1210, can be clustered. The 1000-S models include four Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports.
The HyperQ 5000 series models are also 1U rack-mounted units that manage 80 TB of data with either a 512 GB SSD cache or two mirrored 512 GB SSD caches for redundancy. The cloud cache goes to 8 TB on the 5000 series. The 5000 has 32 GB of RAM and the 5210 supports clustering. The 5000 models include 10 GbE ports.
Pricing begins at $580 per month for a two-year subscription for the 1000-D and 1000-S, and $1,200 per month for a two-year subscription to the 5000.
HyperQ supports network file system (NFS) and CIFS. Cloud storage is included with the subscription, so customers do not have to sign up with a public cloud provider.
"You can use HyperQ to tier to Amazon, or across storage arrays. We integrate cloud with on-premises storage in a single namespace," said Walter Angerer, CEO at Parsec Labs. "The namespace can be preserved with any movement of the data. It's still accessed from where it used to be, even if it's changed location, even if it's migrated to the cloud."
Angerer said NAS performance acceleration is the most common use case, but early customers are also using the router to migrate data to new NAS devices and for cloud archiving.
HyperQ is similar to NAS acceleration appliances, such as the Avere Systems FXT Filers, but can also be used as a cloud gateway.
George Crump, president of IT analyst firm Storage Switzerland LLC, said HyperQ can be a good fit for migrating file data to the cloud based on usage, disaster recovery for file-heavy companies and storage for large remote offices.
"I always felt there was room in the market for this type of product," Crump said. "There is no longer the level of distrust of the cloud that there was four or five years ago. It doesn't have to use the cloud, but can use it if needed. You can use it for internal storage, and then hop it out to the cloud. It's a mid-market NAS accelerator with a cloud back end."
Parsec Labs is based in Minneapolis with 15 employees. Angerer said customers include Erickson Information Services, creative group design house Silicon Arts, DeKalb County (Georgia) Juvenile Court and TempWorks Software. Angerer is former CEO and remains chairman of data protection appliance vendor QuorumLabs Inc., and is a partner at Toba Capital. Parsec Labs' funding comes from Toba, but it has not disclosed the total.
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