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Cloudian Bridges Storage From the Datacenter to the Cloud

Cloudian is making an extra effort to live up to its name, launching a service that provides a single storage image that extends from the on-premises data center to the public cloud.

"Despite our name, what we've been primarily known for is a service that sits in the data center," Cloudian chief marketing officer Jon Toor tells Enterprise Cloud News.

Cloudian is launching HyperStore 7 on Tuesday, with multicloud support for Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web services, as well as on-premises storage, in either file or object storage formats.

"You get a scale-out environment that spans multiple platforms -- on-premises and cloud," Toor says. "It also supports different storage types in one platform -- object storage in the cloud, plus file storage, which is the traditional type for the data center."

Barrels of whiskey in a storage room, Kentucky.  (Photo from Good Free Photos.)
Barrels of whiskey in a storage room, Kentucky.
(Photo from Good Free Photos.)


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HyperStore supports the standard S3 API used by Amazon Web Services Inc. , as well as Windows and Linux file services. The service is highly scalable, from terabytes to hundreds of petabytes of capacity, Toor says.

HyperStore provides a single software image over multiple nodes and devices, and now the cloud. "I can move data back and forth between my cloud environment and my on-premises environment," Tor says. And enterprises can move S3 data stores to other supported clouds. "Azure doesn't speak S3, but if I run an instance of HyperStore inside Azure, now it speaks S3," Toor says.

HyperStore customers include media and entertainment companies, large broadcasters, healthcare organizations looking to store medical records, and any other enterprises with large amounts of data existing in a file format. One customer is a retailer, managing millions of images. A large Internet of Things company uses HyperStore for factory automation. And service providers use HyperStore to provide S3 compatible storage services and file services to their customers, Toor says.

Competition includes NetApp StoreNext, and EMC Elastic Cloud Storage. Cloudian competes by providing S3 compatibility and scalability.

Cloudian was founded in 2011, with $72 million in capitalization and about 200 customers.

HyperStore 7 is available immediately as software-defined storage and as an appliance with capacity ranging from 48TB to 840TB per device. Software can be deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.

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