Last May I started a collaboration with Cloudian, a startup with a really interesting product in the Object Storage space (a field that I’m very interested in!). I finally had the chance to write a paper for them (here the link for the free download) and we will host a webinar together on 14th of October to discuss about object storage and next generation storage infrastructures (and you are invited, of course).

The executive summary of the paper follows, just to give you a hint of the content:

Traditional storage infrastructures are not designed to cope with emerging business needs originated by a surge in unstructured data, and they risk undermining the agility and the competitiveness of modern enterprise organizations.
It’s not only about data growth. In fact, applications like Big Data analytics, mobile apps, active archiving, corporation “sync and share”, and cloud-like services, just to name a few, work on wider and expanding data sets but also in a different manner when compared to legacy applications. Longer retention, better availability, low access rate, multi tenancy, geographical distributed access patterns, new resource provisioning/deprovisioning processes, as well as a general cost reduction should all be considered as key aspects of modern storage infrastructures.

At a higher level, cloud computing is emerging as the standard in realizing next generation infrastructures and, besides what is happening in the public cloud, object storage is the right companion for the private cloud too. Take Amazon AWS as an example, Simple Storage Service (S3) is one of its most successful products.

Modern object storage systems can be considered as an holistic platform capable of providing secure, available and reliable storage functions to a multitude of high end services. Services which range from infrastructure support (e.g. backup or archiving repositories) to backend for modern mobile services capable of improving end user experience and productivity (e.g. sync & share).

Cloudian Hyperstore® is enterprise ready public, private, and hybrid cloud storage that delivers a feature rich platform able to be deployed on commodity x86 hardware. Boasting limitless scalability, total S3 API compatibility, and auto-tiering capabilities, Cloudian Hyperstore provides the enterprise with total control while ensuring data can move seamlessly between private and public clouds.

If you want to read more, here the link to download the paper.