Cloudian updated its software-defined storage, which now stretches from on-premises data centers to multiple public clouds. It supports cloud storage at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as object and file storage types.
The company released the latest version of its HyperStore storage platform today. One of its key new features is that it allows enterprises to manage cloud and on-premises storage assets through a common API. The single management view across clouds allows customers to search for data across storage resources, move data between clouds and on-premises, and scale on demand.
“HyperStore is now a cloud-enabled platform,” said Jon Toor, chief marketing officer at Cloudian. “It works in the data center and in the cloud and also combines file and object storage. One software does it all. And running it in the cloud provides a scalable storage environment.”
The platform supports Amazon S3 storage, as well as Windows and Linux file services. It makes it easier to manage the different storage formats by combining file and object management to a single namespace, accessed through the S3 API, Toor said.
“If I’ve got HyperStore deployed in those three clouds, I can talk to those three clouds exactly the same way,” he explained. “I can talk the same S3 API to any of those clouds.”
The company sells that platform as a data center appliance, or as software that can run on site or in the cloud. The appliance comes with integrated capacities ranging from 48 terabytes (TB) to 840TB per device. The software-defined storage can scale from terabytes to “literally hundreds of petabytes,” Toor added.
Cloudian launched in 2011 with HyperStorage object storage as its flagship product. Its 200 customers include Element Fleet, which was formerly GE’s fleet management business, Nextel, NTT, Interoute, Shutterfly, and T-Mobile, along with additional service providers, media and entertainment companies, healthcare organizations, and other enterprises with big storage needs.
The company competes against object storage offerings from NetApp, Dell EMC, and IBM. “But the way we compete is with our flexible scaling model, our very high degree of S3 compatibility, and our ease of use,” Toor said.