Coraid® Inc has unveiled its EtherCloud™ platform for software-defined storage. Built on technology from Coraid’s acquisition of Yunteq in late 2011, EtherCloud delivers enhanced business agility to architects of the modern data centre by radically simplifying delivery of scale-out infrastructure. EtherCloud leverages a powerful policy engine and REST APIs to connect data centre infrastructure to applications, enabling complete programmability and one-click provisioning of enterprise storage.
Traditional storage management in highly dynamic cloud environments is complex, resource-intensive and error-prone at scale. Storage administrators are burdened with translating application requirements into storage configurations, which they then have to set up manually. Frequent changes to the environment necessitate constant monitoring and reconfiguration to ensure conformance to service level agreements (SLAs). Software-defined storage allows storage designers and operators to control how storage is deployed, provisioned, and managed through software, enabling automation, templates, self-service models, and a broader range of cloud computing services.
The explosion of data worldwide, estimated by analysts at 50% annual compounded growth, is testing the limits on the economics and scalability of deploying and managing traditional “big iron” storage. Coraid’s EtherDrive storage brings simplicity, superior price-performance and just-in-time scalability to storage infrastructure. Coraid EtherCloud complements the capabilities of EtherDrive storage with a REST-based interface and policy-based automation to ensure maximum flexibility and programmability at multi-petabyte scale.
“EtherCloud breaks through the complexity of legacy storage management, replacing it with a flexible, automated, programmable platform. This allows enterprise and cloud customers to provision and manage petabytes of high-performance block and file storage, with the same simplicity found in consumer cloud services,” said Anil Virmani, senior vice president of engineering at Coraid. “We are excited to enable the next generation of software defined data centres and drive complexity out of the most challenging layer of the data centre today – storage.”
EtherCloud introduces a powerful policy engine and automation framework that enables one-click provisioning of sophisticated enterprise storage configurations, simplifying capacity and performance management. This allows IT administrators and end users to reduce infrastructure-provisioning times from weeks to minutes. Using a rich set of REST APIs that expose every aspect of storage provisioning and operational management, administrators can easily automate complex workflows and integrate storage management into IT operations.
Key features of EtherCloud include:
· · Ability to create pools of storage that can be automatically created and grown on demand
· · One-click instantiation of VMware ESXi virtual machines, integrated with storage allocation and networking connectivity
· · Multitenancy and integration with LDAP/AD for authentication
· · Metering of compute, network and storage use
· · Designed for integration with open networking and cloud frameworks, as well as with a variety of industry-standard file systems
"Modern data centres are increasingly turning to commodity hardware that is rapidly provisioned into customised services through software. This programmable building block approach to infrastructure offers far greater flexibility and agility," said Clive Longbottom, founder and analyst at Quocirca. "Server virtualisation and now software-defined networking have transformed the top half of the data centre. A storage vendor that can take the lead in building a credible software-defined storage solution on a scale-out storage platform will have a significant early mover advantage."
"We are aggressively investing in the next-generation data centre built on software-defined infrastructure to better serve our customers at scale,” said Tim Dufour, CEO of RackForce, the leading Cloud Service Provider in Canada. “As an early access customer of EtherCloud, we are excited by its potential to automate our storage environment. This directly translates to lower management overhead, more efficient operations, and better economics."