ClearSky Data software uses distributed caching to move block storage between local flash, its own data centers and public cloud for data protection.
ClearSky Data in August launched its tiered storage as a service software platform, which targets enterprises with at least 100 TB of primary data center storage. The company was founded by IT industry veterans Ellen Rubin, who serves as CEO, and CTO Lazarus Vekiarides, formerly the executive director of software engineering for Dell's EqualLogic Storage Engineering Group.
ClearSky Data's managed service lets companies run primary storage workloads in the cloud. The company calls its tiered approach a global storage network, which consists of physical, on-site flash storage hardware that replicates data to its point-of-presence (POP) data centers, and then replicates data from the POPs to the cloud as a logical bucket of object storage in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The vendor operates POPs in Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas, with plans to seek additional financing to expand to other metropolitan areas.
Rubin was founder of cloud migration software startup CloudSwitch -- sold to Verizon -- and real-time personalization software company Manna. She also served as a vice president at data warehouse appliance maker Netezza, now part of IBM. SearchCloudStorage sat down with Rubin to discuss ClearSky Data's plans to get customers to embrace the public cloud for storage, how the enterprise storage market is ripe for an overhaul and ClearSky Data's rollout strategy.