CloudByte, a provider of ZFS based storage software and appliances that recently created an open source project called OpenEBS delivering ‘Containerized Storage for Containers’, today released ElastiStor 2.0.
A session with Evan about what got him interested in CloudByte and what’s in stock for the storage industry.
DevOps and Software-defined Storage Pioneer Evan Powell Joins CloudByte as Chairman
With an effective capacity of 2PB, ESA-A1000 delivers storage for up to 1000 applications in a single system for both Cloud Service Providers and Enterprises
CRN rated Storage Startups, which implement new and innovative ways, and help in shaping the future of the storage industry. In its list of 2014, CRN recognizes CloudByte as one of the 10 ‘coolest’ Storage Startups.
With a large number of cloud computing companies in the market, it is difficult to maintain an overview. To find the best companies, the CIO Magazine Review lists the 20 most promising companies available in the cloud computing environment. Among them is CloudByte.
Netmagic Solutions has already bagged 12 new customers for the Netmagic Tiered Secure Storage (NTSS) service, based on CloudByte. Netmagic is also seeing demand from players looking at flexible options for their IOPS-intensive ERP applications. Netmagic is also seeing demand from for e-commerce players in India who perform real-time inventory lookups.
One of the big reasons users are interested in SDS is due to the potential cost savings. It seems logical that if you move storage onto commodity hardware, it will become a lot cheaper, right? Not necessarily. Whether or not it’s cheaper to download software that provides an abstraction layer stretching across a heterogeneous set of commodity hardware depends on a number of things.
SDS is not a completely established market. However it is picking up very well,” says Shriranga Mulay, Senior Vice President, IT Engineering, Netmagic Solutions. Netmagic is in the process of implementing SDS and has partnered with CloudByte, a storage software vendor, to implement ‘Elastistor’ for their internal requirements and for serving customers. “We will be completing it in the next couple of months and it will help us to keep scaling our storage, according to the requirements. For our cloud customers, SDS will give a choice of choosing the storage they want and get the required performance levels,” he adds.
A heavy database query could also easily soak up all the I/O available, starving the web and email servers that are sharing the same storage. As for the impact of a VDI bootstorm on shared storage, anyone else trying to use that storage might as well take a coffee break because they are not going to get a lot done.
All of this is especially true for public-cloud operators, whose very existence and profitability is predicated on being able to share resources such as storage across multiple customers or tenants.
QoS is a concept that is very common now in Ethernet networking and it became very important a few years ago when the number of connected devices grew to a level where the noise generated by second tier applications was so loud it compromised mission critical workloads or specific vertical applications (like VOIP for example). Prioritization of IPs or protocols, band allocation, throughput throttling and others are all at the base of mechanisms thought up to grant the right QoS and, consequently, meet the required SLAs. Startups like Solidfire and CloudByte are really showing interesting approaches: the latter is implementing a sort of virtual controller (each virtual controller/tenant has its set of data volumes and QoS is controlled at that level) while the former has a very sophisticated and fine granular mechanism at the LUN level.
It is amazing that something as simple-sounding as making an array get bigger can be so complex, yet scaling storage is notoriously difficult. Our storage protocols just weren’t designed with scaling in mind, and they lack the flexibility needed to dynamically address multiple nodes. Data protection is extremely difficult and data movement is always time-consuming.
CloudByte is a company partly Indian and partly American, with offices both in Bangalore and Cupertino. Their main product is ElastiStor: it’s a software only solution able to transform a server with some local storage (or connected to a remote storage) in a storage array. Several ElastiStor machines can be connected together to form a distributed, scale-out storage.
CloudByte CEO Greg Goelz tells the story of CloudByte: “What we tell our customers and why we exist”
This morning, I had the pleasure of listening to Greg Goelz, CEO of CloudByte, as he discussed the products provided by his company with the delegates from Gestalt IT’s Storage Field Day 4. As is generally pretty well known, storage has been one of the more difficult aspects of the data center to tame, a problem that has been exacerbated by virtualization and the inclusion of workloads running with all kinds of different I/O patterns.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CloudByte products stand out from the crowd. CloudByte is able to manage different performance requirements on a single Cloud Storage Platform.
CloudByte manages various performance requirements on a single Cloud Storage Platform. Felix Xavier and Umasankar Mukkara founded CloudByte. Netmagic and Citrix are already potential customers. The company has its headquarters in Cupertino, California. CloudByte received $ 6.1 million as seed money.
The Indian startup story continues to grow as the year comes to an end. With quite a lot of emerging startups in the country, there is hope and promise for a lot of product innovators to make opportunities for themselves and many others by creating great products and services within the Indian market. One of these startup companies is CloudByte.
New storage technologies are key to the cloud evolution. Established vendors may recognize this fact but their legacy technologies and install base are holding them back. Further, new technologies such as SSD drives and IP encapsulations such as FCoE are taking up much of their resources and focus. So, new players – such as CloudByte and other startups – with new approaches are critical.