By Kevin Komiega
--In an effort to expand the capabilities of its CAStor content addressable storage (CAS) clusters, Caringo is set to announce next week a new software product that turns an x86 server into a content router that can move data based on metadata values.
The CAStor Content Router, which is priced at less than $500, enables CAStor users to distribute content based on customizable business rules. The router allows administrators and application providers to set metadata values for mirroring content in clusters, replicate content for disaster recovery purposes, and distribute pre-defined content types or individual content to remote clusters in branch offices.
The Content Router is primarily a rules engine that filters metadata and determines how to process and where to store the content. Users can set rules that will automatically push content to specified remote CAStor clusters. The filtered objects can also be tagged for processing by third-party applications such as virus scanners, indexing, and compression and encryption tools.
The Content Router is also able to roll-up content from clusters located at remote offices to a central facility in one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-one scenarios.
CAStor clusters can scale from 1TB up to petabytes of capacity in a single tier of storage. Derek Gascon, Caringo's vice president of marketing, says an average CAStor implementation is roughly 10 nodes and in the multi-terabyte range. A single CAStor Content Router can support data movement in a 20-node cluster.