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AiNET Launches Innovative Cloud-Based, Trusted Storage as a Service Offering
AiNET, a leader in design, construction, operations, and technology solutions for Internet data centers and fiber optic networks supporting critical applications, today announced the launch of a new Cloud-based, Trusted Storage as a Service offering that will support real-time applications using increasingly-popular virtualized environments such as VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix and Xen. The Service was developed as a result of increasing demand for high-performance, real-time storage solutions and is currently available in the Washington, DC area market.

As a high-performance foundation is critical in a shared infrastructure setting, AiNET Trusted Storage as a Service leverages the AiNET Peta10 storage area network (SAN). Among other techniques, the Peta10 employs a solid state drive (SSD) front end and collaborative load processing to provide the requisite high levels of performance. Users can interface with the SANs at multi-gigabit/s levels using common storage methods including iSCSI, NFS and GPFS.

“Performance is part of the picture, but reliability is every bit as important,” said Deepak Jain, president of AiNET. “Therefore, beyond configuring the Peta10s for RAID 6, we have them perform synchronous SAN replication, a far-reaching reliability measure we haven’t seen in a shared service environment.” SANs operating synchronously provide immediate data duplication for the highest level of reliability and data integrity. To ensure data security, AiNET Trusted Storage as a Service operates using the same highly-secure, Government Information Assurance protocols used to protect extremely sensitive data.

AiNET Trusted Storage as a Service is being introduced with promotional pricing, including 512 GB of free storage per new cabinet for customers in one of AiNET’s data centers, including its certified SAS 70 Type II, TIA-942 Tier IV facility in the Washington, DC market. The Service is also reachable from points of presence on AiNET’s expanding, regional DWDM fiber optic network including 300 West Lexington in Baltimore and CoreSite’s (NYSE: COR) 1275 K Street data center in downtown Washington. Additionally, CoreSite customers at 12100 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston can access the Service via CoreSite’s inter-site DWDM connectivity products.

“CoreSite is pleased to see the continued growth of our cloud-centric data center ecosystem in Washington DC/NoVA,” commented Chris Bair, CoreSite senior vice president of sales. “Customers like AiNET are key to keeping CoreSite data center ecosystems vital to network-sensitive organizations.”

Last month AiNET announced the start of construction of a major fiber network throughout Washington, DC, and any buildings reached by this network will have easy access to the Service. Plans are underway to launch Trusted Storage as a Service in other markets in 2012.
Published Friday, November 18, 2011 7:19 AM by David Marshall
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