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ParaScale Announces Cloud Scale Data Protection and Security
ParaScale, Inc., a leader in developing cloud storage software solutions, today announced the next generation cloud storage platform with advanced features for cloud scale data security, protection and accessibility. Release 2.5 of ParaScale Cloud Storage software also includes features to efficiently address ‘big data’ requirements by enabling data services and application integration directly onto storage nodes.

The influx of fast growing data volumes is driving a need for storage that can manage and process large data sets more efficiently and intelligently,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The challenge is that the bottleneck has shifted to the network. It just doesn’t make sense to move large data sets across the network; it’s much more efficient to bring the processing to the data. With this release, ParaScale is laying the foundation for a new class of application-enabled storage.”

According to noted Industry Analyst Curt Monash of Monash Research, machine-generated data (log files, sensor data, satellite images, equipment output, etc) is the fastest growing data segment, and is limited only by Moore’s Law.

“The next generation of cloud storage provides a new architecture: One that is optimized to address the demands of large files and fast-growing content with highly scalable, easy-to-use storage. It provides a platform for new enterprise applications to reduce costs and management complexity and drive faster business results. This next generation of cloud storage includes a major paradigm shift – bringing the processing to the data,” said Ken Fehrnstrom, CEO, ParaScale.

ParaScale Cloud Storage Software Release 2.5 Highlights:

Built to meet the needs of enterprise data centers or managed hosting providers with software that provides a global namespace, thin provisioning and easily incorporates additional storage nodes to scale, the following features are new in release 2.5 of ParaScale Cloud Storage software:

  • Cloud Scale Data Protection – ParaScale includes data integrity that protects against silent data corruption in both memory and disk with automated self-healing without introducing any bottleneck. Signatures are stored locally with no central look-up to enable massive scale and better performance.
  • Cloud Scale Data Security - ParaScale provides highly scalable data encryption that secures data without requiring storage of keys within the cloud or third-party key management. Cloud storage management functions such as replication and migration are performed on encrypted content with multiple protocols and algorithms supported.
  • Advanced Multi-Tenant Virtual File System (VFS). ParaScale adds advanced multi-tenancy features including multi-tenant FTP support. Each virtual file system acts as a unique FTP server with user authentication against a unique external directory to protect shared file access. Within a VFS, the administrator can define data access privileges, shared protocols, replication policies, encryption support and other customer specific settings.
  • Local data services. Given ‘big data’ requirements, it is much more efficient to bring the processing to the enterprise storage tier eliminating the time and management tasks related to moving large datasets across the network to temporary computing clusters. ParaScale identifies local data on each storage node and supports applications running directly on ParaScale cloud storage nodes.

“At ThorDC we provide high density, massive secondary storage and DR solutions. As one of the greenest data centers in the world with significant cost advantages, we need to have a very flexible, scalable solution that can react quickly to meet our growing customer demand,” said Arni Jonsson, COO, ThorDC. “We’re excited about the next version of ParaScale for our continued scalability and differentiation.”

Availability:

ParaScale Cloud Storage software R2.5 beta is available now.

Supporting Resources:

ParaScale reference library: http://www.parascale.com/index.php/technology/resource-center

Visit the ParaScale blog for cloud storage highlights and news: http://blog.parascale.com/

Follow @ParaScale on Twitter

Published Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5:31 AM by David Marshall
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