Cleversafe upgrades dispersed storage appliances, software

By Kevin Komiega

 -- Cleversafe is now offering upgraded versions of its dispersed storage systems and software to entice customers in search of cost-effective ways to store and distribute digital content.

The company has announced new versions of its Slicestor storage appliance and Accesser router, as well as software upgrades for its core Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) technology.

On the software side, Cleversafe unveiled Smart Client, a new feature that gives each client the ability to reassess its data access choice after every 4k downloaded for faster content delivery.

Cleversafe's technology uses dispersal algorithms to carve data into "slices" and disperses them to multiple storage nodes on a dsNet. A dsNet is comprised of three appliance-based components– a Slicestor storage appliance, Accesser storage router, and a management appliance.

On the hardware side, Cleversafe's latest Slicestor 2000 and Accesser 2000 appliances now require 54% less power and include 33% more raw storage capacity (4TB) at a reduced cost compared to their predecessors. Also, the new network manager appliance, the Manager 2000, offers 3X the device management capacity of previous Managers.

Julie Bellanca, Cleversafe's director of marketing and communications, says dispersed storage is a fast and cheap alternative to replication technologies and more reliable than RAID.

"Today users are replicating data and spending tremendous amounts of money in the process or they are not able to afford replication, which puts reliability at risk," says Bellanca. "People can achieve 5 nines of reliability if they are willing to pay for it with a replicated solution. With our system, files can be reconstructed in real-time and the reliability is built in."

The Slicestor 2000 storage appliance costs $9,996, while the Accesser and Manager products are priced from $10,300 and $12,300, respectively.

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This article was originally published on April 15, 2009