ParaScale Upgrades Cloud Storage Software

ParaScale Inc. is shipping an upgrade to its ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software, which can cluster hundreds of low-cost Linux servers into a enterprise-class file repository. PCS v1.2 upgrades the company's distributed object file system technologies, and is opening new options for well-integrated, well-managed cloud storage.

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ParaScale Inc. is shipping an upgrade to its ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software, which can cluster hundreds of low-cost Linux servers into a enterprise-class file repository.

The PCS upgrade, based on the company's distributed object file system technologies, is opening up new options for well-integrated, well-managed cloud storage.

Combining ParaScale software with standard low-cost Linux servers, managed service providers can build different types of public clouds and offer a variety of storage cloud services, the company said. And enterprises can build their own private, corporate clouds inside their own firewall, ParaScale said.

Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale, said its pragmatic and configurable approach to cloud storage is encouraging easy uptake and new innovative ideas. "At ParaScale, our early customers are excited about storage cloud implementations and dreaming up use cases we haven't considered, striving for new levels of economy, operational management, capacity and performance scale-out."

Inside ParaScale's Cloud Storage Technology
ParaScale is not a 'grid' management system that simply provisions and manages multi-vendor hardware and software. Rather, ParaScale's PCS technology layers an object file system on top of many Linux servers to provide a petabyte-scale storage system under a single namespace.

In this architecture approach, users have the ease-of-use associated with a single storage appliance, yet they gain new levels of extensibility (up to hundreds of Linux nodes) with the complexity.

The ParaScale solution is also largely self-managing. The PCS GUI provides valuable information for monitoring the health, utilization and performance of the storage cloud - whether off-premise or on-premise. Simple policies are used for file based management (e.g. number of replicated copies). The onerous and frequent traditional NAS tasks such as data migration and load-balancing are done automatically by the system. The ParaScale cloud is designed to avoid the need for additional IT staff.

This has benefits to end user customers, as well as cloud providers.

Vembu Technologies, for example, is working with ParaScale to implement end-to-end cloud management solutions. "We have been integrating and testing our StoreGrid online backup engine with ParaScale cloud storage software," said Jayavasanthan John, director of technology, Vembu Technologies, in the statement. "This integrated offering is a big boon to Vembu's service provider partners looking at incrementally scaling their online backup services business."

Analysts say one key to ParaScale's ability to offer quick and varied cloud configurations is its combination of support for Linux with powerful clustering software.

"ParaScale Cloud Storage harnesses the power and cost-advantages of a standard Linux server with clustering software into an infrastructure solution that addresses the need to cost-efficiently store and manage huge amounts of unstructured data," Terri McClure, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, said in a statement.

The PCS upgrade (v1.2) is available now. Pricing is based on the physical capacity within the cloud with deployments starting in North America at a list price of $1.05/GB.



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