ClearSky Data takes advantage of the scalability, redundancy and price of Simple Storage Service with its newly launched storage as a service platform.
A new cloud service provider is presenting a lesson in how to make good use of the cloud: Take advantage of its strengths and engineer around its weaknesses.
ClearSky Data launched a new storage as a service last week based on Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) that piggybacks on the object store's low-cost and pay-as-you-go scalability, but without the poor performance that often afflicts cloud storage services.
"We use the cloud for what it's good for," said Lazarus Vekiarides, ClearSky co-founder and CTO.
Unlike other cloud-based storage services, access to ClearSky's S3 data stores isn't over the slow and unpredictable Internet. Instead, customers connect to the ClearSky service running at a local point of presence (POP) that is directly connected to AWS. In addition, ClearSky places an all-flash caching appliance at the customer data center, where it places hot, frequently accessed data.