TwinStrata CloudArray Widens Storage Migration Options

By Pedro Hernandez

TwinStrata today announced a new version of its flagship software product that offers IT administrators more control over their cloud storage resources.

The Natick, Mass.-based firm's latest release of CloudArray includes support for the Network File System (NFS) protocol (v3 and v4) under the AUTH_SYS and Kerberos security models, allowing organizations to leverage cloud-based object storage with minimal disruption. The feature enables IT departments to extend block and file access to object storage "without any need to modify existing applications or processes," claimed the company in a statement.

CloudArray customers can also benefit from more robust, geographically-optimized file sharing. The platform can span multiple sites and clouds to serve remote, often scattered workforces. CloudArray's capabilities allow "users to select the appropriate topology for each file share, whether optimized for locally biased data access or distributed multi-site data access," said TwinStrata.

New cloud migration options include the ability to selectively move data volumes and file shares to archival cloud services like EVault LTS2. EVault, a subsidiary of hard drive maker Seagate, is a cloud-based backup and archive services provider that includes Microsoft -- with its massive Windows Azure cloud platform in tow -- as one of its partners.

TwinStrata asserts that CloudArray now makes it easier to switch between cloud providers and manage multiple services to help businesses "reduce technology risk, satisfy compliance obligations, gain better pricing or improve security." In addition, it also offers administrators new migration policies that prioritize cloud bandwidth versus local network resources.

New secure cloud seeding capabilities help organizations push data to the cloud without exposing their data at any stage. The solution encrypts data locally and is loaded fully encrypted to a customer's choice of cloud providers, without sharing encryption keys. Customers can also opt to ship encrypted disks for bulk data ingestion.

CloudArray's tools are also easier to work with and better at surfacing storage management metrics. The software boasts enhanced dashboards and improved usability, along with "more granular statistics" that enable administrators to dynamically balance cache resources, improving performance.

The updates are the company's answer to growing demand for "greater sophistication and control" over enterprise cloud storage setups, according to TwinStrata founder and CEO, Nicos Vekiarides, and signs of a maturing cloud storage market. "Just getting them to the cloud is no longer enough -- users want to store more data with reduced administration and more robust functionality than their on-premises storage systems," he said in prepared remarks.

"With this release, we've continued to break down the barriers to using the cloud for all your storage needs," added Vekiarides.

A CloudArray Cloud Storage Subscriptions start at $0.19 per GB per month as part of a storage bundle. TwinStrata's software-only, "Bring Your Own Cloud" plan starts at $99 per month for 1 TB.

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

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This article was originally published on February 11, 2014