Cloudian Targets Specific Storage Use Cases–First Up, Big Data

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Ben Kepes, Contributor

January 15, 2015

The storage world is undergoing significant change as countless vendors arise who offer variations on the cloud, software-defined or hyperscale themes. But with all this activity in the space, it’s sometimes hard to tell these vendors apart. I’ve long suggested that targeted specific offerings is the way for vendors to differentiate. This is as true in the storage world as any other tech area. So news that Cloudian is rolling out Hadoop integration is an interesting development.

Cloudian is a software vendor that delivers a cloud object storage platform that is fully compatible with Amazon Web Services’ S3 storage platform. Cloudian HyperStore allows service providers and enterprises to build scalable storage solutions and their S3 compatibility plays into the hands of organizations looking for the ability to have a hybrid approach towards storage – with some data on-premises and some in the public cloud. Cloudian came first on the scene in 2011 and is funded by Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital, INCJ and Fidelity. The company currently has 45 paying customers and 400 people using the community edition of HyperStore. HyperStore competes with Scality, Swift and other storage approaches.

The latest version of HyperStore, version 5.1, includes full Apache Hadoop integration. The idea being that enterprises can run bid data solutions directly on HyperStore software and appliances. This in-place approach towards analytics can be contrasted to more traditional approaches which see enterprises offload data into other systems for analysis. By analyzing in-place, enterprises theoretically achieve far quicker results and more flexibility around their analytics. Cloudian already has some use-case specific solutions – private cloud, media content, file distribution etc, now analytics joins that list. Cloudian also tells me they are looking at creating vertical specific solutions for industries as well.

Alongside this release Cloudian is announcing that it is now a certified Hortonworks technology partner – HyperStore customers have access to the Hortonworks Data Platform, an open source data management platform for Hadoop.

Other changes that Cloudian is announcing in this release include:

  • An improved management console and user interface for unified monitoring, usable visibility and cost governance, archiving, search and discovery of on-premises and cloud-based data
  • New security features that support use of the end user’s credentials in the cloud
  • The ability to massively replicate and recover data across geographically distributed data centers; and OpenStack ‘Icehouse’ support.

The storage world is going to see some massive upheaval in the next few years – by targeting some specific use cases, Cloudian looks well set to enjoy a successful ride.

This article was written by Ben Kepes from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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