Caringo Gets Deeper Into Cloud Storage With Three New Products

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-19 Print this article Print

Company debuts its new Elastic Content Protection, CloudScaler and Indexer products, which run on its front-line Object Storage Platform powered by CAStor.

Fast-growing object storage software maker Caringo added three new cloud system-related products to its catalog June 19.

The Austin, Texas-based company, whose market sweet spots are midrange and larger enterprises, debuted its new Elastic Content Protection, CloudScaler and Indexer products, which run on its front-line Object Storage Platform powered by CAStor.

As an alternative from the larger, more well-known storage vendors, Caringo provides an entire stack of software appliances that work together to provide cloud storage flexible enough to use for private or public clouds. It also is one that can scale from terabytes to petabytes with minimum effort.

The Caringo software stack can be deployed on any storage hardware. Because it provides the engineered-together stack, Caringo claims to ensure simpler management and interoperability among all components, which always reduces the management complexity that invariably comes with open-source or cobbled-together workaround solutions.

"What Caringo has done is give organizations the ability to integrate their enterprise-grade object-storage solution into any platform, and when combined with Citrix CloudPlatform and Apache CloudStack, for example, it improves time to market for service providers and larger enterprises," said Kevin Kluge, vice president of products at Citrix.

Elastic Content Protection provides comprehensive data protection functionality that expands or contracts to meet any storage service-level agreement (SLA), footprint or accessibility requirement regardless of capacity or file count. It also protects terabyte- to exabyte-scale storage by creating copies (replication) or by dividing original data and parity segments in a way that data can be recovered with a subset of total segments using less capacity and operational resources than an additional copy (erasure coding). Multi-threaded striping ensures that data protection operations do not impact performance, Caringo said.

CloudScaler enables an enterprise to provide public or private cloud storage as a service. This is a software gateway appliance that extends the Object Storage Platform with secure multi-tenant features that include authentication and authorization of access on a per-call basis, quotas, bandwidth and capacity metering and the ability to integrate into third-party billing systems. It can be configured as public, private or hybrid cloud storage, Caringo said.

Indexer provides robust insight and intelligence into data stored in the Object Storage Platform. It features a NoSQL data store that indexes all objects in a CAStor cluster and allows searching by filename, universal unique identifier or metadata.

"Traditional file-based storage was not designed for the massive capacities and ubiquitous access requirements that are now expected in every organization," said CEO Mark Goros. "Our solution enables any enterprise to optimize storage deployments securely in their data center with access from any platform."


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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