Amplidata Himalaya to Power Verizon's Enterprise Storage Cloud

By Pedro Hernandez

Amplidata, a Milpitas, Calif.-based provider of object storage solutions, announced this week that it had signed up a high-profile cloud services provider for its new Himalaya storage software platform.

Verizon Cloud Storage has tapped the Amplidata's new object storage foundation, which the company claims can manage zettabytes worth of data and trillions of objects in a single namespace. The software runs on commodity, Intel-based hardware.

Why Intel? According to Intel's Bev Crair, general manager of company's storage division, Himalaya is optimized for the chipmaker's newest processor innovations. "Amplidata's Himalaya architecture takes advantage of the latest technologies from Intel to deliver a highly scalable and durable storage system," she claimed in prepared remarks.

The announcement comes on the heels of an $11 million funding round earlier this year, led by none other than Intel Capital. "Amplidata is well positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for object-based storage running on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware," commented Ian Cooper, investment director at Intel Capital, in a March 24 statement. To date, the company has attracted $33 million in VC funds.

Verizon plans to leverage the technology to enable low latency, global file access and distributed object management for its enterprise cloud customers, the companies said.

John Considine, CTO of Verizon Terremark, the telecom giant's data center and IT services subsidiary, noted that "enterprise demand for cloud-based object storage" has increased following the ever-growing flood of data generated by today's businesses. His company chose Himalaya for its object store because it provided "the speed, security and scalability large organizations need," he said.

When it is released on July 1, Himalaya will be available in two flavors. The Service Provider and OEM Edition caters to public cloud data center operators and systems integrators with features like an S3-compatible API, customer portals and a brand-able graphical user interface. The Enterprise Edition is the "easy-to-use" business-friendly version with support for LDAP authentication and typical networked storage protocols (NFS, CIFS and iSCSI) via gateways.

Cloud-centric features include non-disruptive configuration, multi-tenant support and heterogeneous service-level agreements (SLAs). Data protection is provided by the company's erasure coding implementation.

Like its namesake, Himalaya can reach some lofty heights, at least in terms of reliability. Amplidata asserted in a statement that the software "provides greater than 15 nines of data durability, which is essential at this massive scale."

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

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This article was originally published on June 13, 2014