Matt That IT Guy, May 30th, 2017
One of the big draws towards any cloud-based storage is expandability: you aren’t responsible for maintaining drives, adding shelves, or even for the cooling and caring of the arrays. The biggest downside is typically speed. Moving data to the cloud usually means that what used to be sub-millisecond to access can now take significantly longer. ClearSky Data saw this challenge and wanted to provide a solution. We went for a bit of a deep into their storage offering at Tech Field Day 14 in order to get a better understanding of how their platform works.
MAKE YOUR DATA POP
I don’t want to rehash what I have previously written, but as a quick overview, ClearSky Data is able to provide very low latency access to storage over their network. This is accomplished by using leased lines that connect directly to their Points of Presence (POP). At the edge locations (e.g. your datacenters), Edge appliances are deployed that contain a read-only cache. Because the cache is read-only, in the event of a catastrophic failure, you won’t be down and out. Reads will be slower since they will now be going over the private WAN, but no data will be lost. A new Edge appliance will be installed, the cache will rebuild, and you’ll be back up and running.Read the full article >