Claiming it has combined an efficient, global file storage service with a business model well-suited for the current economic climate, storage technology company Scale Eight on Monday kick-started its Global Storage Service.
Scale Eight's Global Storage Service gives customers the ability to securely store and retrieve files either through a Web browser or from an access device that appears to a network administrator as a local drive with unlimited capacity. The service frees customers from having to worry about data backup and disaster recovery routines while simplifying file storage within a business network.
"What (the service) allows customers to do is aggregate their storage across multiple data centers, and into one virtual storage utility," explained Patrick Rogers, the vice president of product management and business development for Scale Eight.
Companies looking to integrate NAS (Network Attached Storage) products for file serving tasks can use Scale Eight's Global Storage Service to provide both local and global file serving without having to trouble over how the NAS system works with the SAN (Storage Area Network), or any other block storage network, said Rogers.
Customers install Scale Eight's 1U (1.75-inch) rack-mounted Global Storage Port appliance at a point on the Network File System. The port then provides the gateway to Scale Eight's four storage centers in California, Sterling, Va., London, and Tokyo.
Scale Eight's Global File System offers a single file system image to users accessing files from either the network or from remote Web browsers. Every file stored is mirrored across at least two storage centers, Rogers said.
"It's a wholly different architecture. We've applied parallel system design to storage so we can handle millions of transactions a day," said Rogers.
By concentrating solely on file serving, Scale Eight not only has a sharper focus for its customers, but a leaner infrastructure for itself, believes Tony Prigmore, a senior analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group.
"Scale Eight is focused on file, not block data. Rather than try and offer a service for every aspect [of users' needs], they focus on file storage only, which is good. It's a big, giant market. They're looking at only half the storage equation, which is a massive component of business." explains Prigmore.
Pricing for Scale Eight's Global Storage Service starts at $US30 per managed, mirrored gigabyte per month. Plans start at 300GB per month, according to Scale Eight officials.