EMC Ships New 'Self-Service' Cloud Storage Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-12-14 Print this article Print

Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform incorporates system metering controls along with standard cloud administration and multitenancy, chargeback and billing features.

Storage giant EMC, which lately has been positioning itself more often as a provider of cloud computing infrastructure, on Dec. 14 launched what it claims is the industry's first self-service cloud-enablement platform for storage.

EMC's Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, aimed at ISPs, storage providers and large enterprises that want to resell or redistribute cloud services, incorporates system metering controls along with standard cloud administration and multitenancy, chargeback and billing features into one platform.

Because so much of the package is preconfigured, Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform allows service providers to deliver a complete storage-as-a-service package to their own customers within days as opposed to weeks or months. Atmos eliminates the need for an in-house development job that can take months, EMC said.

Atmos is a complete self-service software package that includes end-user identity provisioning and resource reporting on bandwidth and storage consumption. This includes a metering module that measures bandwidth and storage at the end-user level, a necessary feature for ISPs when managing multitenant and multiuser environments.

The metering module also enables chargeback and billing integration capabilities for private and public cloud environments. The platform is designed with flexibility in mind. Service providers and enterprises can access these self-service and metering capabilities through an existing customer-facing portal that connects to the Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform or through a standard portal that is offered as part of the platform.

Atmos Cloud Delivery works alongside EMC's central Atmos platform, which automatically manages the global availability of unstructured data through a policy managed, scale-out object storage infrastructure. Service providers can deliver public cloud storage services to their customers with the combination of EMC Atmos and the EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform.

"The benefits of cloud storage services are simplicity, flexibility and new levels of business agility," said Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Service providers and enterprises alike need a solution that enables them to quickly and easily build a flexible foundation for cloud-enabled services.

"The EMC Amos Cloud Delivery Platform's self-service identity provisioning, resource reporting on bandwidth and storage consumption, and easy metering capabilities for chargeback and billing is a compelling solution that helps fill the gaps."

EMC said the new package became available beginning Dec. 14.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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