Cloudian object storage

Cloudian object storage

By Cobus Smit – 12 March 2020 – Thanks to Cloudian and Jon Brooks @ jbrooks@cloudian.com

Why Storage Services Make Sense Today

Every organization is faced with the need to contend with increasing volumes of data, so managing and protecting this data is a top priority for every IT executive. Instead of building an expensive storage infrastructure—and hiring the staff to manage it—many organizations are now looking at storage-as-a-service (STaaS), back-up-as-a-service (BUaaS),archive-as-a-service (AaaS) and other as-a-services to meet their evolving needs. With STaaS, for example, organizations outsource a portion of their storage management by turning over responsibility for storage infrastructure, maintenance, facilities, and operations to cloud service providers. Organizations are similarly outsourcing
the protection of their data, obtaining data backup and recovery as a service (BUasS) from cloud service providers.

Some important benefits for as-a-Service customers include:

• Reduced capital expenditures with less spend on hardware, data center space and management
• Lower operational expense tied to actual storage requirements
• Improved service levels and productivity
• Ability to expand storage capacity as needs evolve
• Robust infrastructure, protected against loss due to physical disasters
• Enhanced business continuity and availability

Cloud Storage Market – Increase your revenue with services

Cloud services is an ever increasing market and growing year by year. Companies of all sizes are implementing agility to their operations to transform their resources on the work they do best and partnering with service providers for the rest as this is just a less stressful and more affordable way of staying ahead . According to IDC the global managed services market is projected to reach $257 billion by 2021., the market for cloud storage services is forecasted to triple in size from $20 billion now to $60 billion in 2023, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32%.

Key market drivers, include:

  1. Dramatic growth in data volume driving new storage capacity requirements
  2. Technical standardization on S3 API
    • S3 API is the de facto standard for cloud storage
    • Growing S3-compatible software ecosystem
    • Expanding use of S3-compatible applications
  3. Growing mandate for a hybrid-cloud / multi-cloud model
    • Cloudian integrates seamlessly with public cloud and on-prem storage to form a single storage pool that spans the cloud and on-prem worlds.
  4. Compelling advantages of independent cloud service providers, including vertical specialization, multi-source flexibility, and regional focus

Introduction to Cloudian Object Storage

Companies require storage solutions that help them contend with the explosive growth in unstructured data. Content creators, broadcasters, researchers, healthcare providers, manufacturers and software developers are now turning to the unique capabilities of object storage to meet
these needs. Far from being an incremental improvement over earlier technologies, it is a fundamentally different way of storing and managing data.

Cloudian object storage

Cloudian HyperStore Software

Cloudian HyperStore software lets VMware users consolidate unstructured data to a single, limitlessly scalable storage pool. HyperStore enterprise object storage provides unlimited capacity scalability, intuitive management tools, and uncompromising data protection. Integration with VMware
vCloud Director provides a single point of management to simplify workflows and minimize costs. – With the new vSAN 7 we will see tighter workflows and integration as well.

Industry’s Most Compatible S3-API

Cloudian HyperStore incorporates the industry’s most compatible S3 API, with a fully-native implementation that eliminates the gateways or access layers found in other object storage systems. Proven in many hundreds of enterprise deployments, HyperStore’s S3 API offers guaranteed
compatibility with S3-enabled applications.

Some of the unique advantages of Cloudian object storage include:

You only need one storage pool that is globally available. With the arrival and adoption of IoT, remote sensing technologies, and low-cost 4K cameras, high-capacity data is now created everywhere. These technologies places new demands on the overall networking and storage infrastructures. Cloudian object storage addresses this challenge with a distributed system in which storage nodes may be deployed wherever needed. Low-cost, remote storage lets analysis happen where the data is collected, rather than having to load the network with raw information. Whether providing local storage for remote applications or disaster recover (DR) capability across sites, object storage possesses the needed data management capability to perform these tasks simply and economically. Storage management is also accommodated within this geo-distributed architecture with a single, global namespace providing visibility and control of all data across locations.

Cloudian object storage

Exabyte Scalable

Traditional storage systems were designed with an upper limit on capacity – this is usually on a scale up principle and file systems that has a limit of indexing etc… Object storage solves the scale problem with an architecture that eliminates this limitation. Cloudian object storage enables cloud service
providers to start small and scale to exabytes in one or more locations. Easy to set up and simple to operate and manage, scaling storage is non-disruptive, so you can add capacity as requirements evolve.

Cloudian object storage

Conclusion

For VMware cloud service providers, the growing demand for these as-a-service offerings creates the opportunity to offer a set of new, high-value services and generate profitable revenue from existing as well as new customers.

VMware cloud providers are in a unique position to benefit from the combination of object storage and VMware vCD integration. Together, these technologies enable new use cases such as cloud-native application development and new high-value add services such as enterprise server backup. Furthermore, the underlying storage infrastructure can also be leveraged for other use cases, such as big data services or S3-compatible application hosting, again driving greater demand. By using Cloudian HyperStore for your STaaS, BUaaS and other offerings, cloud service providers can deliver competitively priced, high-value services to their customers, grow their business, and generate more profit.

If you require more info contact Jon Brooks @ jbrooks@cloudian.com

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