Tim's Tech Thoughts, June 8th, 2017
This last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a Tech Field Day event, in Boston, Massachusetts. During the event, ClearSky invited us to their headquarters and took the time to present their vision and solution. I must admit, I had not heard of ClearSky prior to the event, but doing some quick reading, my appetite was whet to learn more.
Founded in 2014, ClearSky aims to provide storage in a way that is a little outside the box. Most storage admins are aware that the majority of data on their storage arrays is cold data – blocks that aren’t accessed frequently. Hot data, blocks that change very rapidly, is where performance metrics truly matter. Rather than supply boxes of drives to hold all your data, ClearSky instead will provide a box that acts as a storage gateway. With options like Fibre Channel and iSCSI, this box is full of SSD, sized to cache all your hot data. Then, it’s connected to ClearSky metropolitan data centers, via redundant, low latency, dedicated 1gb/s lines to the arrays that hold all the data. The initial buy-in starts at 20TB, and after that is a pay as you go model for additional storage.Read the full article >