ParaScale builds clouds for machine-generated data

By Kevin Komiega

-- ParaScale today released version 2.5 of its Cloud Storage software with new features for data protection, security and multi-tenancy in the cloud storage platform.

Some of the enhancements in Cloud Storage 2.5 are aimed at tackling so-called "big data" – machine-generated content that requires more processing work on the storage systems themselves. To that end, the software now identifies local data on each storage node and supports applications running directly on ParaScale cloud storage nodes to alleviate bottlenecks inherent to moving large data sets across the network.

"The cloud has become fairly watered down to become Amazon-like types of storage services," says Jack Norris, ParaScale's vice president of marketing and business development. "Companies are worried about how they're going to handle machine-generated content using existing protocols and without rewriting applications."

Version 2.5 also includes automated self-healing that protects against silent data corruption in both memory and disk, data encryption that secures data without requiring storage of keys within the cloud or third-party key management, and a Multi-Tenant Virtual File System (VFS) with multi-tenant FTP support

Each virtual file system acts as a unique FTP server with user authentication against a unique external directory to protect shared file access. Within a VFS, the administrator can define data access privileges, shared protocols, replication policies, encryption support and other user-specific settings.

ParaScale Cloud Storage 2.5 beta is available now. The software will be generally available next quarter. ParaScale will announce pricing for the software upon release.

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This article was originally published on May 10, 2010