FileStore to help IT managers build and manage cloud storage

Symantec launches new solution for scalable, high-end file storage

Symantec is one of the leaders in cloud storage

Symantec is one of the leaders in cloud storage

Symantec has announced a new solution to help IT managers build scalable, high-end file-based storage services, including private and public clouds.

Symantec claims its FileStore system can manage and protect critical information, maximise system performance and scale performance and capacity non-disruptively as application needs change. It is available to enterprises of all sizes which want to use private clouds for availability and to manage large volumes of data.

The software is platform-independent and Symantec currently deploys it as the file-based storage architecture in its own cloud services, with more than 40 petabytes of online storage for more than nine million active users – the largest software-as-a-service (SaaS) storage environment in the world.

Organisations can add or remove storage dynamically without taking systems offline.

FileStore integrates natively with Symantec’s leading security and information management solutions, which run directly on the FileStore nodes, reducing performance bottlenecks and doing away with the need for additional server and storage resources for backup and security.

The product is designed to scale from entry-level configurations in affordable increments as needs and budgets require, but a single FileStore system can scale up to 16 nodes with 2 petabytes of total storage. The implementation process is based around self-deployment and configuration.

The product is available now and pricing begins at $US6995 for two nodes and two CPU sockets.

IDC research manager, Noemi Greyzdorf, said a growing number of enterprises were looking for ways to improve storage efficiency and reduce management complexity of their growing environments and were considering storage architecture designs already deployed by storage service and public cloud providers.

“In evaluating their options, enterprise storage managers must consider the cost, scalability, availability, manageability and performance of any solution that will serve as the foundation for file-based storage services,” Greyzdorf said.

Jeff Reed, vice president of clustered storage at Symantec, said the company had used its own infrastructure technologies and experiences in the FileStore offering.

“FileStore delivers new innovations in storage architecture driven largely by Internet, service provider and SaaS companies. By combining commodity hardware with high-value storage software, these companies are creating file-based storage architectures with equivalent performance and availability and at even larger scales than enterprises — but for a fraction of the cost,” he said.

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