CAStor was developed by the same team that developed the FilePool controller and software later purchased by EMC and implemented as a product called Centera. The developers later reengineered their technology, resolving several nagging problems, and created a hardware-agnostic version that could be leveraged to gain the advantages of Centera but without the huge price tag.
CAStor handily facilitates DIY Marketing's needs for data storage, protection, and preservation/archive. Used in conjunction with collaboration products such as Microsoft SharePoint, Caringo argues that DIY's project-centric data sharing and collaboration needs also can be met.
Caringo's solution doesn't provide DIY Marketing with an alternative to rolling its own storage; in short, this isn't really storage as a service. But it does empower DIY to buy much-less-expensive gear and to provide the data management capabilities it's seeking without the price tag of a name-brand box.
Pricing wasn't disclosed, but licenses are provided on a capacity basis, with additional capacity licenses available for purchase and download from the company's Web site.