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StorSimple Dedupes Application Data to the Cloud

I must admit that I've been seduced by the siren song of public cloud storage. The thought of infinite scalability, on demand, without huge upfront capital expense sounds great to me. Cloud storage gateways like StorSimple's address the challenges of public cloud storage usage, object APIs and latency. Like some other cloud storage gateways, StorSimple's appliances present the cloud as iSCSI block storage, but its secret sauce is in the application plug-ins.

StorSimple's application plug-ins allow their appliances to be more intelligent about data placement. The SharePoint plug-in not only puts the database on the appliance's internal flash storage and unpopular content off in the cloud, but also takes a page from Google's PageRank and keeps content that is linked to multiple SharePoint pages locally on flash or SAS disk. 

The Exchange plug-in actually makes Exchange 2010's built-in archive feature usable by determining the difference between a user's primary and archive data and storing the archive data in the cloud.

StorSimple has three appliance models, from the $15,000 flash-only 1010 (supporting up to 10TB of data) to the $50,000 7010 (which can support up to 200TB of data and fault-tolerant pairs of appliances). In addition to deduping the appliances, perform AES-256 encryption on your data to keep it safe from prying eyes.

Howard Marks is founder and chief scientist at Deepstorage LLC, a storage consultancy and independent test lab based in Santa Fe, N.M. and concentrating on storage and data center networking. In more than 25 years of consulting, Marks has designed and implemented storage ... View Full Bio
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