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Just a year after it first introduced its Cloud Storage Software, ParaScale has announced it is offering the Beta 2.5 version of the technology.

The announcement comes as the industry is seeing more momentum behind cloud computing. Based on its first cloud computing survey focused exclusively on servers, IDC predicted that server revenue in the public cloud category “will grow from $582 million in 2009 to $718 million in 2014. Server revenue for the much larger private cloud market will grow from $7.3 billion to $11.8 billion [about 62 percent] in the same time period.”

In business since 2004, ParaScale focuses on large distributed scale-out storage, says Jack Norris, vice of marketing and business development. The company has announced the Beta Release 2.5 of ParaScale Cloud Storage software with “advanced features for cloud scale data security, protection and accessibility.” But the key, he says, is that the company’s storage solution has been designed to handle machine-generated data (log files, sensor data, satellite images, equipment output, etc.), the largest and fastest growing data.

“We believe a new architecture is required to automate the management and analysis of machine-generated data.” He says we’re just at the beginning of an explosion of cloud storage. ParaScale’s software can be hosted by a managed service provider or installed locally, says Norris.

The beta partners get their own 4Tb storage cloud, enabling them to test drive it as a strategic platform for adding services, he says. The product will be released next quarter.
Key features of R2.5 include the following:

  • Data protection through data integrity that protects against silent data corruption in both memory and disk with automated self-healing without introducing any bottleneck, with signatures stored locally with no central look-up to enable massive scale and better performance;
  • Highly scalable data encryption that secures data without requiring storage of keys within the cloud or third-party key management, with cloud storage management functions such as replication and migration performed on encrypted content with multiple protocols and algorithms supported;
  • Multi-Tenant Virtual File System (VFS), with each VFS acting as a unique FTP server with user authentication against a unique external directory to protect shared file access, enabling the administrator to define data access privileges, shared protocols, replication policies, encryption support and other customer specific settings; and,
  • Local data services is much more efficient by bringing the processing to the enterprise storage tier and eliminating the time and management tasks related to moving large datasets across the network to temporary computing clusters.