Storage Array Maker Infinidat Launches Cloud Data Protection

New products include a 450-pound, ballistically hardened “data bunker” storage appliance and cloud-based data-protection software. The company had not been in the cloud-software business previously.

Infinidat, which specializes in petabyte-scale enterprise data storage systems and is currently housing more than 3 exabytes of global customer deployments, has introduced four new products encompassing both hardware and software.

They include a 450-pound, ballistically hardened “data bunker” storage appliance, a smaller data-protection appliance, a rack-mount array and cloud-based data-protection software. The company had not been in the cloud-software business previously.

Unlike conventional enterprise storage systems that rely on flash hardware for performance, InfiniBox—the company’s frontline storage array—takes a software-optimized approach, using machine-learning algorithms to extract high performance and reliability out of low-cost hardware.

This includes the same ultra-high capacity drives widely employed by Google, Facebook and other hyperscale cloud operators for large-scale data storage, the Waltham, Mass.-based company said.

Here are details about the new products:

--InfiniSync is the hardened “data bunker” appliance that Infinidat claims is the world’s first solution for zero RPO (recovery point objective) synchronous data mirroring over virtually infinite distance, with zero latency impact.

“Traditional mission-critical computing requires synchronous mirroring, perhaps from lower Manhattan to a data bunker in northern New Jersey, and then asynchronous mirroring from the bunker to a disaster recovery site in Texas,” said Jacob Broido, Chief Product Officer at INFINIDAT. “InfiniSync eliminates the need for the New Jersey data center while ensuring all transactions make it to Texas under every imaginable scenario, including power and network failures and regional and rolling disasters.” InfiniSync became available on April 2.

--Neutrix Cloud is a sovereign public storage cloud that offers high-performance, multi-petabyte cloud file systems and block volumes that are simultaneously accessible from Google, Azure and AWS compute clouds. Neutrix Cloud is a subscription service and can be employed standalone or with on-premises InfiniBox in hybrid cloud mode with a four-second RPO.

As an example of that flexibility, in addition to other public clouds, Infinidat Neutrix Cloud will be available to customers of VMware Cloud  on AWS by end of April. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware’s enterprise-class software-defined data center software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services to give organizations consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud.

Neutrix Cloud will be available in late April in U.S.-East and U.S.-West, with additional regions online in the future.

--InfiniGuard is an application-aware data-protection appliance that stores up to 20 petabytes of data and provides fast restores. InfiniGuard is powered by the same Neural Cache software architecture that powers InfiniBox and supports a software ecosystem that includes Commvault, Veritas, Veeam, IBM Spectrum Protect, SAP, Oracle RMAN, VMware and Microsoft Exchange. It became available on April 2.

--InfiniBox F6212 is a new InfiniBox model sporting 8.3 PB of capacity per system. F6212 uses the same software as prvious versions and comes to market in response to customer demand for analytics, deep learning and industrial IoT use cases that require multi-petabyte storage with high reliability and sub-millisecond-response times. It is available now.

Infinidat was founded in 2011 by storage industry pioneer Moshe Yanai, who architected EMC’s Symmetrix storage system in the late 1980s. Infinidat claims that its software-focused architecture, an evolution and revolution in data management design over 30 years in the making, solves the conflicting requirements of bigger, faster and less expensive storage.

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