Smart Cloud-based Storage Solutions from StorSimple

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREMONT, CA: StorSimple is into storage business since 2009 which was later acquired by Microsoft in the year 2012. The company provides primary storage, backup, archival and disaster recovery services. The Chief Executives of Microsoft have made some interesting comments about this acquisition as Former CEO Steve Balmer once mentioned about StorSimple saying that the acquisition is one of his favorites. The reason for it is the smart storage solutions the company has to offer.

StorSimple uses a new cloud-integrated architecture called Hybrid Cloud Storage (HCS). This offers tiered storage of data across SSDs and HDDs besides the cloud storage services for primary storage as well as backup and data recovery. The HCS systems uses the cloud storage APIs to connect to the cloud over corporate WAN and it uses Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) network to connect to Windows, Linux and VMware servers.

The automated cloud snapshots in HCS systems void the need for on-premise backup equipment, media, tapes and off-site service requirement. Protecting data now takes a moment of time. Interruption in workloads is eliminated through this model. Recovering data from cloud is a smart and flexible process as data recovery is location-independent; recoveries are deterministic in that it doesn’t download all the data in its entirety that may involve inactive data as well. This saves time and channel capacity of the network.

With each passing day, organizations experience data growth and managing it grows more expensive as well. The company applies in-line de-duplication, compression and cloud storage as the primary storage tiers to address this challenge. Cloud storage unlike Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) is unlimited in its ability to store data. The archives and other document management involves storing data in the cloud where it can be accessed quickly saving huge money for an organization by nullifying the need of additional storage costs and periodical upgrades. The company implements AES-256 encryption for all data transferred and stored in the cloud with a help of a private key that is created and managed by customers.