New Companies Already in the Race

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-11-19 Print this article Print

Naturally, there are some interesting new companies already hard at work in this space.

Nirvanix, open source-based Cleversafe, ParaScale and Bycast are dedicated companies in the sector and are way ahead of the curve in the trend at this time.

Nirvanix, in business since 2007, claims with its Nirvanix SDN (Storage Delivery Network) to be the first provider to offer an NAS (network-attached storage) system within a cloud computing structure.

The SDN global cluster of storage nodes is powered by Nirvanix's home-developed Internet Media File System. The SDN intelligently stores, delivers and processes storage requests in the best network location for retrieval.

The company provides a build-it-yourself option, in addition to a regular hosted service.

Cleversafe's Dispersed Storage software breaks files up into slices and sends them via the Internet to multiple storage locations on a network. By themselves, the slices are unreadable to hackers or anyone else not authorized to read them. However, the original file can be easily reassembled, even if not all the slices are available due to equipment failure or natural disaster.

ParaScale is still at the beta stage but impressing early customers nonetheless. Its cloud storage software clusters tens to hundreds of servers together to act as one giant file repository with massive capacity and parallel throughput for a variety of applications. Deployments can start at several terabytes and scale up to hundreds of terabytes with the addition of commodity hardware.

ParaScale CEO Sajai Krishnan recently offered eWEEK readers his take on what a company needs to consider when preparing to invest in cloud computing.

Bycast, an OEM provider of storage virtualization software for large-scale digital archives to IBM, among other companies, announced on Nov. 17 the general availability of its own general-purpose archive platform, StorageGrid 8.

StorageGrid 8 provides for building large-scale, long-term digital archives that virtualize information retention and access over a variety of storage devices, ranging from high-performance disks to archival media, distributed over multiple sites.

eWEEK will have more on Bycast in the near future. Go here for more information.

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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