Cloud providers like to tout how quickly and easily they can scale their environments to meet customer demands, but nothing puts that to the test like cloud storage growth. Even outside of the cloud, storage demands can easily spiral out of control, and there comes a point when it's no longer economical for a provider to keep adding boxes. Anticipating that challenge before launching its cloud services in 2009, Host.net deployed DataCore Software's storage hypervisor, SANsymphony-V, a platform that Host.net credits for providing its customers with 900 days of consecutive, uninterrupted uptime.
In this case-study podcast, SearchCloudProvider.com site editor Jessica Scarpati gets a crash course on storage hypervisors from George Teixeira, CEO of DataCore Software, before diving into the details of Host.net's deployment with Jeffrey Slapp, vice president of virtualization services at the Florida-based cloud and managed services provider.
Listen to this podcast to learn:
- What a storage hypervisor is and how it's suited for cloud provider environments;
- Why traditional storage architectures didn't cut it for Host.net's cloud services;
- How Host.net is using the caching and auto-tiering features of DataCore's storage hypervisor to economically meets the demands of customers, who now expect fast access to tens of terabytes of storage at a time;
- The role that a storage hypervisor plays in ensuring high availability in the cloud;
- Why Host.net doesn't feel chained to any "big box" storage vendor's roadmap.
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This was first published in May 2012