EMC Revs Atmos Cloud Storage Software

By Stuart J. Johnston

Storage giant EMC announced it is now shipping version 2.0 of its Atmos cloud storage software -- a revision the company claims is five times faster than Atmos 1.0 as well as 65 percent more efficient than the previous release.

Besides performance updates, however, the new version also adds a feature EMC calls Atmos GeoParity, which is designed to "efficiently protect globally distributed cloud storage environments," the company said in a statement.

Simultaneously, EMC introduced a new product called Atmos GeoDrive that lets a user drag and drop a file from a Windows desktop onto an Atmos storage folder or drive out in the cloud as if it were a local file operation.

"Atmos GeoDrive will allow simple file drag and drop from the desktop into the Ninefold cloud storage service," Atmos customer and cloud storage service provider Ninefold said in the EMC statement.

EMC goes on to say that Atmos 2.0's new GeoParity feature is designed to protect "big data" and cloud storage environments by distributing segments from a single object across an Atmos cloud -- ensuring content is available and accessible by dividing objects into multiple segments and distributing them to one or more designated locations -- and thus guarding against component, rack and site failures.

"Customers using the GeoParity feature of EMC Atmos 2.0 in production today are realizing a 65 percent efficiency improvement across four-site Atmos deployments [from previous versions], resulting in a significant reduction in cost to serve," the statement added.

Atmos is designed for use in distributed cloud environments, and can be used with either purpose-built EMC storage environments or the customer's own storage solution.

In addition, Atmos 2.0 also features a software developers kit (SDK) that supports .NET, Java, C, Flex, and PHP -- and version 2.0 adds support for Python, Ruby, and JavaScript with language bindings.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on July 08, 2011