Proposed Global Storage Network would put most important data in a local cache near the applications, less-critical data within striking distance, and cold data at the customers’ public cloud of choice.
Cloud storage is great for holding onto data that isn’t needed for fast, interactive applications. But for jobs that need near-instantaneous data access, the lag time incurred in moving data to and from a distant site—whether it’s a public cloud or a plain old data center—has proven a huge obstacle.
Boston startup ClearSky Data thinks it can solve that problem with its proposed Global Storage Network that will tier customer storage, putting key critical information close to the customer’s key applications, less critical data at a “point of presence” site within about 120 miles, and less time-sensitive archival data at the least expensive public cloud provider of the customer’s choosing. Initially, it is supporting Amazon Web Services S3 cloud service, but will support other public clouds down the road.
“We’re putting front-end edge cache that sits wherever their apps are. It handles the security, is highly available and integrates with VMware,” ClearSky co-founder and CEO Ellen Rubin told Fortune. Typically, hot data is the 10% or so of corporate information that needs to be constantly and quickly available for updates, queries and reports.