ParaScale Unveils Open Private Cloud Storage Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-17 Print this article Print

A new software version from cloud computing startup ParaScale transforms commodity Linux servers into scalable storage tiers for enterprises and service providers. ParaScale Cloud Storage Software R2.0 also can integrate applications directly with storage nodes.

Cloud storage software provider ParaScale on Nov. 16 released a new, downloadable version of its product that it describes as an open private cloud storage platform for Linux servers.

PCS (ParaScale Cloud Storage Software) R2.0, which becomes available on Nov. 30, can be utilized on commodity hardware running Linux-either Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS or CentOS-and "can integrate applications directly onto storage nodes," Jack Norris, vice president of marketing and business development for ParaScale, told eWEEK.

"When we say 'open,' we mean user-selected commodity hardware," Norris said. "It doesn't matter what the user has or wants to use; this will run on it."

The main news in this PCS R2.0 release, Norris said, involves several new features in Web services integration.

"We're selling to service providers who host private clouds, enterprises who have their own internal cloud and large enterprises who are looking at a hybrid kind of opportunity, where they utilize both private and public clouds to consume services," Norris said.

A key feature of PCS R2.0 is "a backup for virtual machines and their respective data," ParaScale said in a news release Nov. 17. If a storage drive fails, "the VMs can be booted directly from [the] ParaScale [server] and be up and running quickly again without [anyone] having to move around VM images."

"We can do this because data in the ParaScale system does not flow through a standard [storage] controller," Norris said. "It flows through our own server."

Additional features include, "Web service API expansion through SOAP and REST to provide configuration, administration and provisioning support ... synchronous replication based on policy per multitenant instance ... private cloud multitenancy support, including metered usage for chargeback ... [and] proactive reporting and monitoring capabilities," the ParaScale release said.

"Pricing is based on the physical capacity within the cloud, with deployments starting in North America at a list price of 95 cents per gigabyte," ParaScale said. For more information, go here.

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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