TwinStrata Debuts CloudArray 4.5 Storage Platform
The latest version of the platform includes a new, on-demand disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering for VMware users and a snapshot scheduler.Cloud-integrated storage solutions specialist TwinStrata launched CloudArray 4.5, the latest iteration of its CloudArray software, which is designed to streamline management, increase control and reduce the need for separate backup software or disaster recovery strategies. The latest version of the platform includes a new, on-demand disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering for VMware users and a snapshot scheduler that can eliminate the need for separate backup software. This feature enables users to create and maintain a recurring schedule (or schedules) of snapshots by volume with integrated, age-based retention policies. DRaaS, a new component of the platform, is enabled by TwinStrata’s CloudArray software and SoftLayer's VMware-based CloudLayer Computing infrastructure, making it particularly well suited for VMware-based environments. In addition, the CloudArray DRaaS can work with or without backup software. Customers can choose to have data and virtual machines (VMs) stored directly on CloudArray. "IT organizations are moving to the cloud to gain agility, reduce IT costs and increase both service and utilization while taking advantage of the cloud's pay-for-what-you-use model," Dan Iacono, a specialist on cloud storage systems at research firm IDC, said in a statement. "TwinStrata's DRaaS can help IT organizations realize those cloud benefits, and it can also help enable an improved disaster recovery strategy, while providing flexibility and cloud choice."
TwinStrata's CloudArray DRaaS currently supports cloud storage providers including SoftLayer, Google Cloud Storage, Google Durable Reduced Availability (DRA), Amazon S3, Amazon RRS and Nirvanix SDN. Expanded support for other providers is expected in the future, a company release said.