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SwiftStack Launches Private Cloud Storage for Today’s Applications

SwiftStack today announced the general availability of its private cloud storage offering. The SwiftStack solution, powered by the OpenStack Swift object storage system, was developed to provide the integration and control needed to serve the growing data demands of today’s data-intensive applications. It enables organizations to rapidly deploy private cloud storage that offers application users the same experience and scale they have when accessing data on the public cloud. The SwiftStack system has a software-defined storage architecture that runs on commodity hardware, offering flexibility, significantly lower costs, and more control in comparison to legacy storage systems.

“Private cloud storage is an increasingly popular model among enterprises that prefer to have the control associated with keeping their information stored within their own data centers but the flexibility and speed of a cloud service model. This approach is becoming more common as the trend of BYOD and use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) creates increased pressure on IT to speed time to provision and scale the infrastructure,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “Concerns about operational complexity may hinder private cloud storage adoption, which creates a huge opportunity for companies such as SwiftStack.”

Manage Constant Growth and Enhance Data Availability

SwiftStack addresses the evolving needs of storage in the data center that stem from broad and rapid growth of mobile and SaaS applications among service providers and enterprises alike. The storage system consists of two main components:

  • SwiftStack NodesAn integrated stack packaged for turnkey deployment, the Node connects to the Controller, where it obtains its configuration. Its features include management and monitoring agents, load balancing and authentication/authorization, and new support for global clusters to enhance data availability.
  • SwiftStack ControllerDe-coupled from the storage hardware, the Controller automates configuration, expansion, and failure handling of private cloud storage. It also provides management and monitoring alongside other management tools customers use. To best fit the needs of the application and business, customers can choose between a cloud-hosted Controller or the latest on-premise Controller solution.

Easy to Deploy, Operate and Scale

SwiftStack is designed to provide the fastest and easiest experience when deploying and managing private cloud storage. With a software-defined architecture, the storage intelligence is decoupled from the hardware, allowing organizations to use industry-standard (commodity) hardware instead of being locked-in to a specific hardware vendor. SwiftStack automation has the capacity to add nodes and enable large-scale growth without disruption to performance. Automation also applies to maintenance and upgrades, which take place on the fly. Storage clusters can be deployed across data centers or regions for a highly available design.

“The shift to cloud-based applications has created high expectations among users in terms of data access. They expect data to be highly available to them on multiple devices, and data centers need to cater to these demands,” said Joe Arnold, CEO, SwiftStack. “While there are public cloud products available to address these challenges, we found a greater need in the private cloud market, which is why we created SwiftStack as a reliable, highly-scalable storage system. Our approach helps enterprises harness the storage power of a public cloud on commodity hardware in their data centers.”

Pricing and Availability

SwiftStack is currently available with software and support on a subscription basis starting at $249/mo per 25TB in use. For more information, or to inquire about a free 30-day trial of SwiftStack, email [email protected].

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SwiftStack is an active contributor to OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, providing technical leadership for its Object Storage project, code-named Swift. Swift is an object storage system designed for data that needs to be instantly available, stored forever and accessible from multiple devices. Swift is built for Linux and can run on commodity hardware available from multiple vendors. It currently has over 100 contributors with a rich ecosystem of tools and libraries. OpenStack is freely available software under the Apache 2.0 license, with governance managed by an independent foundation. As part of the project, the SwiftStack storage solution has been tested in large-scale production environments. Its foundation, based on open source code, makes it easily adaptable to changing business demands.

About SwiftStack

SwiftStack is a technology innovator of private cloud storage for today’s applications. The SwiftStack software-defined storage (SDS) solution combines a unique, decoupled storage controller with the OpenStack Swift object storage system to provide customers with cost-effective, scale-out storage that can run on commodity hardware. The company was founded in 2011 to help operations teams implement and manage an easy-to-use, multi-tenant and highly scalable cloud storage platform. With SwiftStack, application developers and operations teams can benefit from SwiftStack integration and expertise to leverage the power of public cloud inside their own data center. SwiftStack is backed by top tier venture capital firms including Mayfield Fund, Storm Ventures and UMC Capital. For more information, visit http://swiftstack.com/.

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