While Public Cloud Storage is being adopted by some companies, it may not be suitable for all organizations. Corporations that would like the benefits of Cloud Storage, but cannot use public providers (for numerous reasons), are now actively pursuing their own Private Clouds. The immediate question is: Do you continue to use your standard in-house storage or do you investigate Cloud Storage? Although standard in-house storage methods are familiar and comfortable to IT professionals, these methods are showing their age. Corporate data is exploding, disk drives are getting larger and RAID rebuilds now take days or weeks to complete, exposing IT administrators to potential loss of data.
Object Storage contains new algorithms for replicating data within storage itself. This enables multiple copies of data to reside on multiple disks and in multiple locations. If a disk failure occurs, the failed disk is simply removed from the drive array and replaced with a new disk. The Object Storage will immediately start replicating new data to the disk. The disk can be replaced with a larger capacity as the failed drive probably no longer exists. And unlike RAID technology, the entire capacity of the new disk may be used. The interface used to access object storage is the REST protocol, which was designed for Cloud Storage.
Tradition storage vendors have developed a different approach to enabling Cloud Storage by adding the REST Protocol as a new service to their storage. This allows current products to be used in the cloud. In some cases, storage vendors are dropping hardware restrictions and moving the platforms directly to cloud virtual environments.
Regardless of leveraging object or traditional storage as a Private Cloud, Private Cloud Storage has been slow to adopt. The primary barrier to entry is the REST protocol and doubts about data security and authentication. REST, originally developed by Amazon, has become the standard dialect for all Cloud Storage. REST makes it easy to integrate with your web browser, but poses challenges when working with your IT environment. BridgeSTOR, with its Cloud Storage File System (CSFS) has solved this problem. CSFS has been developed to run in a standard Linux environment and communicates to Cloud Storage utilizing the REST protocol. Combining CSFS, SAMBA and NFS, BridgeSTOR enables IT users to access Cloud Storage with standard management tools. Imagine going into Windows and mapping drive ‘f’ directly to Amazon S3. BridgeSTOR makes this possible. Sending files to Amazon is now as easy as “drag and drop”.
BridgeSTOR’s ProtectedCloud™ Security combined with Windows Active Directory will solve your internal security problems. Authentication is accomplished with your existing Windows environment, setting traditional user and group access to the storage. Optional encryption puts you in control of your encryption. You set and maintain the password. BridgeSTOR only utilizes the password which is hidden inside the Coronado V-NAS Access Point. All data sent to the Cloud Storage Provider is encrypted in-flight and encrypted at-rest using XTS-AES encryption and your password.