And I think this is where ClearSky Data come in. ClearSky are providing a “global storage network”. They will manage your data for you, and optimize hot, warm and cold data. The secret sauce is that ClearSky’s software has the ability to cache data as “hot” (store it locally with a customer’s applications) or “warm” (cached in ClearSky storage inside a data center close to the customer) or “cold” (somewhere not so close I guess).
I had a quick look at what they offer. In a nutshell, it’s an SLA-driven, fully managed set of storage services for enterprise customers:
- A simple, easy-to-use service experience for the whole of the data life-cycle, including primary storage, backup and disaster recovery
- Local performance and availability, with the ability to scale to, and consume the economics of the cloud
- 99.999 percent availability, comprehensive security and data protection
- Reduced data center footprints and one-third the cost of ownership compared with traditional storage solutions
- Portability and data mobility across their storage network for workloads running in data centers or in the cloud
So a lot of claims here. Lots of question in my mind for sure. As I said, I have not yet been briefed by them but I do hope to catch up with them at VMworld next week and learn a little more about what they do. Read more about them here on the ClearSky Data website.