IceWeb Launches Cloud Storage Appliances

Cloud-based storage company IceWeb launches the Iplicity Cloud Storage Appliance (CSA) product line, aimed at cost-conscious businesses.

Storage solutions and on-line cloud computing application services company IceWeb announced the launch of the Iplicity Cloud Storage Appliance (CSA) product line. The Iplicity CSA products can be deployed either as SAN or NAS devices, which deliver scalable capabilities that are securely deployed in a centrally managed Private Storage Cloud or in a Hybrid Public/Private Cloud configuration.

The 19-inch rack mountable Iplicity appliances are available immediately in three pre-configured models: The CSA-2000, a base level appliance with 8TB of storage and the Iplicity Management Software, the CSA-4000 with 16TB expandable to 192TB, and the CSA-8000 with 24TB expandable to 192TB. Both the CSA-4000 and CSA-8000 are also available in an optional Active/Active High Availability configuration. Iplicity CSA provides unified storage allowing both applications and users to be granted access to their data by a wide range of protocols (CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, FC, AOE, WEBDAV and RSYNC). The appliances also offer advanced data protection and replication capabilities, which allow organizations to drive content to different locations for different uses as dictated by their own needs.

IceWeb said from un-boxing to live deployment, the pre-configured storage appliances can be configured on the client network, and rendered ready to begin serving data in less than 20 minutes. Management and monitoring of the appliances is also simplified with user-friendly dashboard interfaces displaying CPU utilization, network I/O and disk I/O, and the capability to drill down as deeply as necessary. Fully automated reporting and e-mail-home capabilities will alert network staff to any pending, system self healed, or pending issues.

"Iplicity Cloud Storage Appliance is the first commercially available Cloud Storage device geared toward allowing its users, businesses of any size, to simply attach a pre-configured appliance to their network and immediately begin serving vast amounts of file and data storage space to local, remote, internet or VPN connected users and applications," said IceWeb's senior vice president of product development and engineering Gary Dunham. "This appliance allows corporations to gain all of the benefits of Cloud Storage - positioning content closer to the originators, users and applications, control of replication and backup throughout the enterprise, centralized management of geographically dispersed data and much more - without assuming the risks of putting priceless company data in the hands of third party providers.

Dunham said Iplicity CSA customers can also opt to make their content and storage resources available not only to their own users but also to authenticated partners via the internet - while still maintaining private back-links to the corporate IT infrastructure, thus ensuring both data security and consistent quality of service.