Today is one of those spotlight days when people who don’t know much about StorSimple will want to find out more.
In a nutshell, we have been developing what we believe is the best cloud data management technology that allows our customers to use cloud storage services to manage their enterprise data and storage.
We don’t make the cloud look like a disk drive or tape drive, we make the cloud available as a place to manage data. Our technology segments data that is stored in our systems into small pieces and we track each and every one of those segments wherever it happens to be – whether it is in SSD storage, on hard disks or in the cloud. As the data is updated, we track all those changes too.
Why? Because it makes things like recovery from the cloud a whole lot faster than pretending to be a tape drive and it creates a system where data portability between the enterprise data center and the cloud is possible. If you are going to move data between earth and sky, you need to keep track of it somehow and keep up with the changes. We have a system for doing that. The various segments of a volume can be anywhere within reach – such as in the cloud – and customers can mount the volume. We assemble all the segments and serve them to applications as they are needed. That’s why disaster recovery is so fast with StorSimple. Customers mount the volume – in the cloud – and have access to everything in it – but only download the data they need to get up and running again.
For those readers who are not into enterprise storage, the technology has similarities to both Data Domain and 3PAR. All the data in the system is deduplicated like Data Domain systems do, and all the small pieces of the data are presented as live online data the way 3PAR does. It’s small grained storage virtualization that includes both deduplication and cloud storage.
There is no special hardware required to do this. StorSimple has built systems that have a certain blend of SSDs and hard disks in order to meet certain performance expectations. While there are many exciting opportunities to further leverage our technology in the days ahead, for now we are enjoying the news and looking forward to the excitement of suddenly becoming much more visible and important to a lot of potential customers.