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StorSimple emerges from the clouds

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Storage Alert By Deni Connor, Network World
May 05, 2010 12:04 AM ET
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StorSimple, a cloud integration provider, recently launched its cloud services appliance for Microsoft apps such as SharePoint, Exchange, Windows files and virtual machines.

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The StorSimple Armada Storage Appliance features deduplication of primary data, data compression and automated tiering. The appliance makes cloud storage appear as locally-stored data and integrates into a customer's existing storage environment. Armada identifies and stores all 'hot' data and stores it on a tier of solid state drives. When data is identified as less frequently used, it can be automatically migrated to lower cost Serial ATA storage or to the cloud. All data is stored in the cloud encrypted.

With the Armada Storage Appliance, customers have the option of storing data locally and making snapshot backups to the cloud, caching the data locally and storing it in the cloud or replicating data to the cloud.

When an organization uses the snapshot option, CloudClone software will transfer a full snapshot image, which is compressed and deduplicated, to the cloud. Subsequently, incremental changes will be snapshotted.

StorSimple was founded in May 2009 by Ursheet Parikh, formerly product marketing manager for Cisco's WAN optimization business, and Guru Pangal, formerly general manager and vice president at Brocade. The company is funded for $8 million by Redpoint Ventures and Index Ventures.

The appliance is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

Read more about cloud computing in Network World's Cloud Computing section.

Deni Connor is principal analyst for Storage Strategies NOW and host of both the Masters of Storage and Masters of Servers Solution Centers.

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