ClearSky Data Exits Stealth With Novel Approach To Cloud Storage

ClearSky Data emerged from stealth today, offering an unusual approach to storage and data lifecycle management. It wants to combine the speed of on-premises..

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ClearSky Data emerged from stealth today, offering an unusual approach to storage and data lifecycle management. It wants to combine the speed of on-premises storage with the cost and elasticity of a cloud service.    While it’s a fully managed service, it involves several layers of storage with an on-premises piece, a local cloud data facility, and longer term public cloud storage. The location of the data in this hierarchy depends on how quickly you are likely to need it.   Businesses have been looking for a way to take advantage of the economies of scale the cloud offers, but have often been stymied by latency issues getting the data where it’s needed most when using cloud services, Ellen Rubin, CEO at ClearSky Data told TechCrunch.   “When we talk to customers, they are telling us that they don’t want to be in the infrastructure business, and are trying to consolidate data centers. We are trying to match storage to the way it is consumed today,”  To achieve this, it’s offering a 3-tiered approach. First it installs a fully managed appliance on-premises, where it stores a cache of the most important data in the organization. This is the information that people need to access the most.   Next, it has a co-location facility with Digital Realty within a 120-mile radius of any customer’s location to deal with warm data — that is, data that’s important, but not used quite as often as the on-premises data. Finally it uses inexpensive Amazon S3 storage for archived data that a company doesn’t need very often.

The solution uses software algorithms to determine where the data should reside, and it also deals with standard kinds of storage services like de-duplication to reduce data size along with backup and disaster recovery. Rubin claims her company’s approach is approximately one third the cost of a traditional storage solution.

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