ClearSky Data Unveils Global Network for Storage on Demand

Using algorithms to distribute data across the best locations according to a company's workloads, ClearSky Data said it can provide simplified, on-demand and low-latency storage management for enterprises with complex data needs. The Boston-based startup today emerged from stealth mode by announcing the launch of its global network for storage on demand.

ClearSky's service provides managed-service access to points of presence (PoPs) in major metropolitan areas, and also uses dedicated, redundant private networks and other optimization strategies to keep latency low. The company described its offering as a combination of traditional and cloud environments that can help ease storage management for IT administrators.

Operating quietly since late 2013, ClearSky was co-founded by CEO Ellen Rubin (pictured), a veteran of Netezza who also helped establish the tech companies Manna and CloudSwitch, and CTO Lazarus Vekiarides, previously executive director of software engineering for Dell's EqualLogic Storage Engineering group. The company is backed by $12 million in venture capital funding.

Three-Pronged Approach for Data Storage

"Today, almost all enterprise IT teams still buy and consume storage the way they have for decades, with traditional storage arrays, backup and disaster recovery infrastructure in data centers -- but this model is fundamentally broken, not to mention miserable and expensive for enterprise customers," Rubin said in a blog post today on the company's Web site.

Developed based on the co-founders' past experiences with enterprise users' data storage needs, ClearSky's offering takes a different approach to traditional strategies, Rubin added. "We believe this is the new model for enterprise storage, in which customers never have to manage infrastructure again -- instead, they simply plug in," she noted.

ClearSky's architecture is based on three main components: an "edge cache" for storing "hot data" -- the most important and most-frequently accessed information -- in the customer's data center; PoPs across a...

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