Snapshot Management Comes to CloudSigma

By Pedro Hernandez

CloudSigma, a Zurich-based provider of cloud storage services, has added snapshot management to the company's flash-enabled cloud platform.

The technology links enterprise data protection systems to the company's fast, SSD-based storage cloud and improves access to off-site data. Describing CloudSigma's snapshot capabilities as "completely non-disruptive," CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins explained in a statement how the feature can help businesses quickly bounce back from a disaster.

"Once the drive snapshot is created, an exact replica can be generated quickly at any time based on that snapshot," he said. Should disaster strike, that replica can "used as a ready-to-go replacement." Combined with the company's private patching capability, he boasted, "companies can also easily pull that clone back into their private compute environment, as if nothing happened."

The offering is fully integrated into the company's existing platform, enabling customers to create automated snapshot policies, an approach that eliminates "the time and cost needed to manually manage storage in the cloud," said the company. It supports scheduled snapshots, the creation of snapshot retention policies and multi-drive, multi-policy scenarios.

Storage management benefits aside, the option is also easy on IT budgets. "Companies can also further save on resources because CloudSigma only charges for the incremental data stored on a per GB basis, with no added premium," said the company.

David Hill, principal of Mesabi Group, a data storage consultancy, said CloudSigma's snapshot management capabilities have applications beyond business continuity. "It's not only able to copy drives for effective, cloud-based disaster recovery, but also applies to other practical use cases like allowing companies to create a fully functional copy of a production environment for testing and development to show what would happen when any changes are put into production," he said in prepared remarks.

CloudSigma made waves last year when it announced that the company was swapping out its HDD-based cloud storage systems with all-SSD arrays from SolidFire. "After pioneering public cloud SSD technology two years ago, we have seen the value of SSD's ability to successfully remove storage bottlenecks and inconsistent performance in the cloud for critical systems and applications, especially when backed by an SLA," said Jenkins in an announcement for the press.

Los Angeles-based Morplabs turned to SSDs for its high-performance private cloud implementation. The converged product, called mCloud Data Center Unit (DCU), leveraged Dell PowerEdge C5220 microservers, a technology platform that also powers Dell's OpenStack Cloud Solution.

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

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This article was originally published on January 06, 2014