It is amazing to think about the progress of technology since I first entered the high-tech world in the late 1980s. One of the concepts that fascinates me most is how data is stored and what it takes to meet the growing demands in every industry to store more data—quickly and securely—and to be able to retrieve it at the drop of a hat. I love shiny hardware more than I care to admit—fed by my years working on the Dell PowerEdge Server and Storage teams. However, I’m increasingly seeing the silver lining in software and the role that it plays in building an efficient storage infrastructure as the foundation for Cloud computing platforms.
You can hardly go on a website for any high-tech company without seeing some mention of “cloud computing.” Cloud has become a popular buzzword in high-tech over the past decade. Defined by Google as “the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer”—the cloud has forever changed the landscape of IT and opened doors wide for IT as a service, shifting the focus from hardware capability to software capabilities.
There is no single answer to solving storage dilemmas…more often than not, it takes a mix of technologies—hardware, software, and the ever-elusive “cloud.” And cloud computing has exploded over the past decade. As options increase and with many leaders using more than one solution, there is tremendous potential for cost savings. According to IT consultants NSK Inc., 82% of companies reportedly save money by moving to the cloud, some of which (14%) do so, in part, by downsizing their IT department. Revenue from global cloud storage services has been rising steadily as shown in the chart below from Statista.
So where does Caringo come in?
We launched our software-defined object-based storage product in 2006, around the same time that Amazon launched AWS. We shared the same vision of deconstructing the traditional IT stack and eliminating complexity wherever possible to change the economics of storage for our users. The best way to achieve this is through pure object storage. Jon Toigo of TechTarget recently answered the question, “Is it time to rethink the traditional file system?” He commented on how well-suited object storage is to cloud computing:
“Another approach championed by Caringo Inc. and a host of other object storage companies is substitute an object-oriented storage framework for a traditional file system. This approach is especially well-suited to cloud computing, where it can help improve on the speeds, feeds and space utilization of flat directory systems with myriad file objects. This is also well-suited to long block files, such as video and medical imaging, that do not change very often and may be enhanced with extra descriptive metadata to help searches for—and within—object contents.”
As the need for storage rises, more companies are looking to the cloud for answers. The on-demand, pay-as-you-go, endless capacity characteristics are hard to resist. Service providers and IT administrators are now tasked with enabling these “benefits” as a service, and Caringo Swarm continues to be a perfect way for service providers to enable their private clouds and for enterprises to run their own private clouds.
You can learn more by reading the Caringo Swarm: beyond the limits of traditional storage. A new private cloud foundation for storage needs at scale whitepaper. We welcome you to contact us and to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.