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OC3 Networks Selects ParaScale Software Paired With Commodity Linux Servers for Its Cloud Storage Solution
ParaScale, Inc., a startup company developing cloud storage software solutions, today announced that OC3 Networks, a leading Los Angeles-based regional provider of enterprise managed hosting services, has selected ParaScale software as its cloud storage solution.

“Our customers are always facing storage related challenges and we are being proactive in providing innovative alternatives,” said Ilan Mishan, CEO of OC3 Networks.  “After a competitive evaluation, we have selected ParaScale as the basis of our cloud storage solution. We were particularly impressed by the fact that ParaScale delivers a complete solution including access, a comprehensive storage repository and integration and manageability in the context of our existing systems. For every server deployment moving forward, OC3 customers will have direct access over our innovative Private Network to 5GB of free storage to use as they choose. Growth past the complimentary storage will be provided seamlessly as the customers needs grow. ParaScale’s platform allows us to interoperate with customers’ existing applications with zero change and will provide our customers a fully managed storage solution that will allow them to manage data growth efficiently, securely and affordably.”

“Cloud storage is the ideal starting point for cloud providers as it is an easier entry point to the market segment when compared with the cost and complexity of integrating other cloud computing technologies, and customers are buying it,” said Antonio Piraino, analyst at Tier-1 Research. “Cloud services overall are growing at 100% year-over-year for the foreseeable future. In a tough economic environment, this is one of the few bright spots.” Cloud storage continues to be a focus and starting point for many providers looking to offer cloud services. Relatively, cloud computing (renting CPU cycles by the hour) is a medium term opportunity, as it is more complex for the hosting company to deliver, while still requiring the end-customer to have the expertise and time to package up an application to run in the cloud.

By combining ParaScale software and buyer selected standard servers, managed service providers can build different types of storage clouds and offer a variety of unique high-margin, high-value storage cloud services with security and superior performance. ParaScale clouds can be built with practically any kind of Linux server, and a single cloud can consist of different server models, including repurposed servers. Re-using existing servers and turning off-contract server assets into substantive top-line cloud storage opportunities, by simply using ParaScale software is appealing in the current economic climate.

“Looking into Q4 and Q1 many service providers are planning to deploy cloud storage,” said Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale.  “Customers are going to have several choices and service providers have to ask themselves how they can differentiate and thrive against the at-scale mass-market players like Amazon and Google. The highly capable technical and sales teams at OC3 are looking at cloud storage offerings that can help their existing and new customers delay expensive storage capex. Potential new services under consideration include hosted VM repositories, high performance multi-media distribution platforms, private secure hosted clouds amongst others.  This innovative team is looking to bring practical new cloud storage services to their customers and fly above the me-too storage cloud.”

Supporting Resources:
Video interview with ParaScale CEO by WHIR TV about the easy-to-deploy and easy-to- operate cloud storage platform:

Creating a cloud storage offering white paper:
Published Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:11 PM by David Marshall
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