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Experts in Data Storage: Cloudian

thesiliconreview-michael-tso-ceo-cloudian-18Data center managers, broadcasters, researchers, and software developers need solutions to help them contend with the explosive growth in unstructured data. Across all industries from media, to medical, to industrial, new applications, formats, and technologies are driving this rapid increase of data, creating issues around storage costs and complexity. An affordable, highly-scalable, easy-to-use storage system was needed.

Cloudian built a platform to meet those needs and requirements and launched the HyperStore object storage solution in 2011.Cloudian simplifies enterprise storage with limitlessly scalable storage that consolidates massive data sets to a single, easily managed environment.

Why go for Cloudian?

Cloudian brings the flexibility and simplicity of public cloud storage into the customers’ data centers, simplifying management and reducing TCO by 70% versus conventional storage systems. Cloudian’s 100% native interoperability with S3 (the de facto standard in cloud object storage) ensures investment protection for developers and data center managers who rely on the thousands of S3-enabled applications available from vendors such as Adobe, Computer Associates, Commvault, Citrix, IBM, Veritas, Redhat, Dalet, and others.

Cloudian products can scale from just three nodes to hundreds, allowing systems to be the right size for any application or organizational need. Cloudian dramatically reduces enterprise storage costs with up to 95% less management overhead, 30% less power/space/cooling, and a highly robust design that ensures maximum productivity with up to 14 nines of data durability.

Cloudian use cases include backup/archive, media and entertainment, bioinformatics, engineering, hybrid cloud, IoT, AI/ML, and more.

Cloudian’s Products

HyperStore: HyperStore object storage solves the biggest storage challenges. A client can deploy HyperStore nodes wherever they need capacity storage, then scale seamlessly. Simplicity is built in nodes form a global data fabric that clients can manage within a single framework. With the industry’s most compatible S3 API and a proven, hyperscale architecture, CloudianHyperStore is the antidote to storage complexity.

HyperFile: HyperFile delivers limitlessly scalable enterprise file services. Together with CloudianHyperStore, HyperFile provides a cost-effective solution for capacity-intensive, less frequently used files. The customers can seamlessly grow from terabytes to petabytes and independently scale capacity and performance.

Cloudian’s Solutions

Data Protection Solutions-Disk-based Backup and Archive: For data protection, anyone’s typical choices are disk-based appliances or tape. Cloudian breaks the price-performance barrier with a disk-based backup target that is fast, simple, and cost-effective.

Media and Entertainment-Media Active Archive: The active archive is a vital part of any client’s workflow. They need the scalable and cost-effective capacity to accommodate formats such as 4K, 8K, and VR/360 and they need the media to be instantly available to keep up with time-pressured schedules. Cloudian meets this challenge with a cost-effective, disk-based active archive.

File Sync and Share: The enterprise-wide file sharing and collaboration ensures GDPR compliance. Cloudian and Storage Made Easy (SME) combine an on-premises data repository, data governance policies and a cloud-like user experience, so customers can be more productive while the clientsmaintain control.

Data Lifecycle Management: Cloudian partners with top technology companies to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the data center: unstructured data lifecycle management. It provides the solution to offload less-frequently used files that typically consume 60% or more of the footprint from Tier-1 NAS to Cloudian.

Big Data Analytics: Big Data analytics delivers insights, and the bigger the dataset, the more fruitful the analyses. But with large storage capacity, comes large challenges: cost, scalability, and data protection. To derive insight from information, one needs affordable, highly-scalable storage that’s simple, reliable, and compatible.

Private Cloud Storage: Public cloud storage provides simplicity and scalability. Most organizations have some data that needs to be maintained on-site for performance or data governance reasons. For that data, Cloudian provides a simple solution: A hybrid cloud with S3 object storage in the data center.

The man behind the plan

Michael Tso, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Cloudian: Michael Tso is the Co-founder and CEO of Cloudian. Prior to Cloudian, he co-founded and led Gemini Mobile Technologies, a pioneer in wireless messaging, providing mission-critical infrastructure software. At search engine pioneer Inktomi, Michael led engineering for an e-commerce search engine and designed a network congestion control system for KDDI which later became an industry standard.

At Intel, he led the development of web acceleration technology and collaborated with Nokia on NarrowBand Sockets, commonly known as SmartMessaging, which enabled the world’s first SMS ringtone download service. Michael holds 36 patents. He graduated from MIT with an MS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, BS in Computer Science, BS in Electrical Engineering, and a minor in Economics.

“Cloudian’s technology allows all sizes and types of users to realize the benefits of object storage in their own data centers.”