Microsoft Issues Major StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage Update
StorSimple is now available for customers of the company's secure Azure Government cloud service and supports non-Azure cloud storage providers.Microsoft has released the first major software update for StorSimple 8000, the company's line of Azure-backed, hybrid cloud storage arrays. The company acquired StorSimple, an early provider of high-speed, flash-enabled hardware that extends enterprise storage infrastructures into the cloud, in 2012. StorSimple can be used to offload inactive data, backups and archives to the cloud. Inline data deduplication and compression help drive up storage utilization rates. According to Microsoft's estimates, the appliances can help organizations cut their storage costs by up to 60 percent. In the newest software release, Microsoft is courting agencies that have embraced its secure government cloud services. "From a multi-cloud support perspective, StorSimple 8000 series is now generally available in Azure Government, which is a physical and network-isolated instance of Microsoft Azure committed to meeting rigorous compliance requirements and U.S. government policies," stated Guru Pangal, general manager of Hybrid Storage and Data Protection at Microsoft. "Customers can run a commandlet to set the cloud platform on their StorSimple device to Azure Government, prior to registering their StorSimple device on the Azure Government Portal."
By enabling the option, the appliance points all data to a customer's Azure Government account and routes its cloud storage management capabilities through the Azure Government portal. It also instructs the device to turn on the security-enhancing Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) mode. "I am also pleased to announce that the StorSimple 8000 series cryptographic modules have completed validation to the Federal Information Processing Standard – FIPS 140-2," Pangal added.