Amplidata object-based cloud for social networking company

Storage roundup: Social networking company opts for Amplidata object-based cloud; Front-safe chooses Fusion-io; Balesio now supports PDFs; architect selects Dot Hill iSCSI arrays; and more news.

Amplidata object-based cloud for social networking company

Object-based storage provider Amplidata has been selected by Belgian online media group Massive Media to build a cloud storage infrastructure.

Massive Media, which runs the social networking site Netlog, has been extending its services and needed to upgrade the storage to support it. The company chose Amplidata’s AmpliStor to build a continuously available, highly scalable object-based storage platform for photos, movies and the files of millions of Massive Media users.

Amplistor was designed to enable customers to build large-scale online storage systems. It uses its proprietary BitSpread erasure coding technology to distribute data redundantly across a large number of drives and claims it requires 50% to 70% less storage capacity than with traditional RAID. Amplidata claims the self-managing and self-healing design enables scaling to petabytes and beyond with virtually no manual management.

Nicolas Van Eenaeme, director of technology at Massive Media, said, “Our teams tested the Amplidata system in production over the course of several months. Our main concern was performance for the end users. The Amplidata team was able to tune the system and exceed our requirements.”

Front-safe chooses Fusion-io

Danish cloud services provider Front-safe has integrated Fusion-io ioMemory-based IBM High IOPS Adapters with its Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) cloud backup solution. Front-safe experienced performance difficulties as its customer base grew and considered adding SAN capacity. It rejected that approach and looked at solid-state drives as a solution. Eventually, it settled on adding the Fusion-io-powered IBM High IOPS Adapters because they gave the company the highest performance with its existing hardware.

Balesio adds PDF support to Fileminimizer Server

Balesio, a provider of optimisation products for unstructured data, has announced that its Fileminimizer Server now supports PDF files in addition to Microsoft Office and image files. Balesio claims its Native Format Optimization (NFO) technology has compression rates of up to 75% for productivity files and more than 85% for image data. Balesio also announced that its flagship product has been tested and is ready for virtualised environments.

Builders’ merchant chooses Arkivum

Devon-based builders’ merchant Rawle Gammon and Baker has opted to use a remote archiving service from Arkivum. RGB, which employs 200 staff, will use Arkivum’s A-Stor solution to store its invoices and other vital documents. A-Stor uses LTO/LTFS tape technology and open standards to deliver fast and efficient online access. The archive is delivered as a single file system on RGB’s network.

Architect selects Dot Hill iSCSI arrays

Dot Hill Systems arrays have been selected by UK architects HTA to underpin its move to server virtualisation. During 2010, HTA realised that an upgrade of its IT systems was needed. After reviewing a number of options, Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN series of networked RAID arrays was selected. The arrays now host 17 TB of production data on SAS drives, with Ethernet providing the new data centre backbone and iSCSI as a storage transport. As part of the data centre rebuild, HTA repurposed its legacy Hewlett-Packard Modular Smart Array 1000-based SAN as Tier 2 storage, providing backup to disk for its VMware hosts using Veeam. The data is then archived to tape using Symantec Backup Exec. 

KeepItSafe seeks UK cloud partners

Ireland-based cloud backup and disaster recovery provider KeepItSafe has announced it hopes to recruit 50 UK partners over the coming six months. KeepItSafe provides an online backup and DR solution for SMBs and large enterprises that simplifies backup and recovery and eliminates the need for manual backup processes. KeepItSafe offers dedicated technical expertise, including full installation, sales and marketing support to partners. The product features ISO 27001 accreditation.

Sepaton finds IT managers struggle to convince board

Data protection product vendor Sepaton has announced the results of a UK survey of senior IT and storage professionals that found that 80% of enterprise data storage managers believe senior management underestimates the importance of a data protection strategy. According to the survey, the greatest business challenges managers feel they need to overcome are continuing to meet backup windows through faster performance (70%); better protection for business-critical applications (52%); and higher levels of data security for stored or archived information (52%).

Virsto appoints vice president for sales

Storage acceleration software vendor Virsto Software has announced it appointed Kaycee Lai as vice president of sales. In this role, Lai will be responsible for global sales, direct and indirect strategy, and operations and will implement sales processes to scale with Virsto’s accelerating customer acquisition. Prior to Virsto, Lai was vice president of sales at Delphix, a pioneer in database virtualisation, and before that worked for EMC and ran Avamar sales for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Virtual Instruments shows UK blazes trail in mission-critical virtualisation

SAN testing product vendor Virtual Instruments has announced findings from a survey showing that UK IT organisations are ahead of counterparts in Germany when it comes to virtualisation of business-critical servers. The poll of a total of 200 IT decision makers in the two countries found that 42% of UK respondents had moved to a virtualised environment for business-critical applications such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Exchange compared with 23% in Germany. The survey found this trend is set to continue, with these figures forecast to rise to 84% and 70%, respectively, two years hence. In the UK, the financial services sector is leading the way, with more than half of the respondents having already virtualised business-critical applications. Within both countries, companies with 1,000 to 3,000 employees are ahead of larger organisations in virtualising business-critical servers.

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