Cachengo Announces Director Local File Server Appliance
Cloud storage start-up Cachengo announced its cloud-based
data management solution, a local file server appliance called Director. Aimed
at small to medium-size businesses (SMBs), Director serves as the command
center for the system's appliance-to-the-cloud solution that provides SMBs with
a bundled approach to data storage and management. At the heart of Cachengo's
solution, Director is a local file server appliance that delivers file sharing
compatible with CIFS, NFS and ISCSI protocols and integrates into Microsoft
Active Directory, Unix LDAP environments or with stand-alone authentication.
Cachengo's Director series of products come in two families:
the CD100 and CD1200. Both are 1U in height (1.75-in.) and the CD1200 family
adds additional capabilities suited for Virtual Server Failover (VSF). VSF provides
hypervisor and server protection with 8 TB of data storage, anti-virus,
disk-to-disk backup, plus standard and online virtual server backup. Cachengo's
Cloud Service, C25, is an optional service that's available with all purchases;
all C25 customers also benefit from de-duplication, compression and continuous
data protection (CDP).
"Small businesses face a daunting challenge. In order to
remain agile and competitive, their data management needs have become
increasingly sophisticated," said Mike Young, CEO and founder of Cachengo.
"But, their IT staff and budgets have not grown to keep pace, forcing them to
make tough decisions about where to spend precious few dollars or allocate resources.
Do you invest in top-notch security or disaster recovery protection?"
For added data security and disaster protection, Cachengo's
Cloud Service can be integrated with Director to provide automatic off-site,
cloud-based backup storage. Each Cachengo Cloud account is automatically
encrypted and isolated at the time of creation to prevent a breach on one
account from providing a conduit to other accounts and other appliances within
an account. As an added fail-safe, all customer files are immediately collapsed
if an intrusion is suspected to ensure that no data is available in the event
of a breach.
"Aside from reducing application and service costs by
consolidating multiple services into one easy-to-use solution, Cachengo reduces
the time invested in managing all these services from multiple vendors," Young
said. "The time savings alone can be a tremendous advantage for businesses with
small IT staffs."
The Cachengo Hive file sharing application, currently in beta and set for official release in a month, enables individuals to securely share files with friends, co-workers, groups or the public by invitation. Similar to the protocol of the popular Facebook social networking site, Hive users can pick and choose which content to share over an encrypted connection and with which individuals or groups on an ad hoc basis. "Hive eliminates the complicated access problems of FTP and the clunky bandwidth consumption of e-mailing large files that can congest the network," Young said. "With Hive, anyone on the network can share a file with just a few clicks."