Permabit Unveils New Cloud Storage Package for ISPs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-10 Print this article Print

The new Permabit Cloud Solution's base configurations can handle up to a whopping 144TB of raw disk capacity and are "tuned" for use by cloud storage service providers with additional management features, CEO Tom Cook said.

Permabit Technology, which specializes in highly scalable, tiered storage appliances for large enterprises, Aug. 10 introduced a new version of its software/hardware package aimed specifically at cloud storage providers.

The new Permabit Cloud Solution's base configurations can handle up to a whopping 144TB of raw disk capacity and are "tuned" for use by cloud storage service providers with additional management features, Permabit CEO Tom Cook told eWEEK.

Cloud storage serves up data storage capacity from one or more data center locations over a grid to users on an on-demand, subscription basis. This general kind of storage cloud-for example, services provided online by Amazon S3, Google Apps and known as a public cloud because any business or individual can subscribe.

Permabit's provisioning software automatically adapts to administrative changes as storage nodes are added, redistributing data across the storage grid in chunks as the system expands. Up to 32 grids (or about 4.6PB of total raw capacity) can be managed from a central Web-based console, Cook said.

"We've added a number of management layers, particularly around performance management-and we've also changed the processor allocation [for Internet service providers]," Cook told eWEEK.

"Permabit systems are deployed as a grid, so typically, access points have a single quad-core processor in the enterprise. But in the cloud space, we've found that having extra cores is extremely valuable."

Historically, it has been challenging for service providers to be experts in both hosted services and data storage, Cook said.

"Permabit has developed storage solutions since our inception that were designed to meet the needs of service providers," Cook said.

Built-in inline next-generation data deduplication-what Permabit calls Dedupe 2.0-and compression improve the system's effective storage capacity, Cook said.

Other key features of the Permabit Cloud Solution include:

  • Continuous availability: The grid architecture allows for seamless storage growth without ever having to take the system offline or interrupt user access, the company said.
  • Security: Multitenancy capabilities provide the ability to host thousands of customers' data securely within a single solution.
  • High performance: New Model 4012 access nodes achieve faster performance by utilizing two high-performance Intel Xeon quad-core processors.

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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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