Coho Data Embraces File and Block Storage, OpenStack Cinder

Posted on May 24, 2016 By Pedro Hernandez


Block or file storage? Now Coho Data's customers don't have to choose.

DataStream 2.7, the latest version of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup's storage software platform, now supports both block- and file-based workloads on the same system. "We have consistently heard from customers about wanting a single platform at their datacenter and the 2.7 release is paramount for us to address this particular need," said Ramana Jonnala, founder and CEO of Coho Data in a statement.

Once updated, Coho DataStream systems can serve as the single storage platform for both virtual and non-virtual workloads, reducing complexity. According to company estimates, data center operators can now effectively manage 80 percent to 90 percent of their production workload's on the company's private cloud storage solutions.

Coho Data emerged from stealth in 2013, offering enterprises cloud-friendly, flash-enabled arrays that blended commodity hardware with scalable, Amazon EC2-inspired storage and software-defined networking capabilities to briskly shuttle data across to awaiting private cloud servers and distribute workloads. The company leadership includes members of the team that wrote the Xen hypervisor, on which Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service is based.

Fast forward a few years and the company is taking aim at OpenStack block storage environments.

Last month, during the OpenStack Summit, Coho announced that its DataStream system software would natively support the popular cloud computing software platform and that the Coho Cinder driver – Cinder is OpenStack's block storage service – had been included in the "Mitaka" or 13th release of OpenStack.

"Coho's Cinder integration brings a block storage solution that effortlessly scales on demand and that integrates deeply with datacenter networking to continuously adapt performance in response to workload demands," said Andy Warfield, CTO of Coho Data, in a statement at the time. "I've been excited to see our system used to build successful enterprise private cloud environments for OpenStack customers and I look forward to continuing to broaden our support for other OpenStack APIs as we continue to work with this community."

Now, customers can take those capabilities for a spin.

Coho DataStream 2.7 introduces Cinder API integration, allowing organizations to incorporate OpenStack block storage that automatically scales to accommodate dynamic cloud application workloads. On the storage management front, administrators can now peer deeper into their virtual workloads. New capabilities enable users to view, monitor and manage the individual files that constitute a virtual machine.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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