To take up on big data, cloud-based analytics, containerized applications and memory-based storage, we now have a certain set of promising startups adept at tackling these areas through application of software-defined storage and off-the-shelf servers.
A data center’s ability to predict and scale its capacity needs are increasingly changing with larger applications coupled with speed and high performance. Rather than going in for a complete overhaul of the IT infrastructure, most organizations now prefer to purchase storage as a commodity-based service. This points to the great opportunities that innovative data storage startups now have, to get into the market and disrupt the traditional buying and deployment models. A list of promising data storage vendors has been culled amongst newcomers that have come up just recently.
With a three-tiered platform consisting of a public cloud, a private cloud and an on-premise, Aparavi’s active archive simplify long-term data retention while leveraging hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures for true storage independence. Customers have an option of either hosting through Aparavi or having a backup with direct attached storage in a private cloud. The software applies delta differencing to data for file deduplication and byte level increments. By offering a lower priced alternative to other cloud storage giants, Aparavi hopes to make a mark in the market.
Founder: Adrian Knapp
Features: Open data format, multi-tier & Tenant, cloud active data pruning, multi-cloud agile retention
Software-defined storage startup Excelero came up with NVMesh Server SAN software in early March of 2017. The software pools storage from multiple servers with the kind of block storage performance used by hyper-scale public cloud providers for serving mission-critical applications to enterprises.
CEO: Lior Gal
Features: Multiple transports, multiple drive types, interactive interfaces, automated provisioning, flexible topologies, scale-out architecture
Designed to run on an existing storage hardware, Leonovus develops software-defined object storage and data transfer solutions that extends IT controls from on-premises to the cloud to hybrid cloud storage architectures. This addresses governance, risk management and compliance requirements.
CEO: Michael Gaffney
Product: Leonovus software
Features: Scalable, geo-distribution, blockchain hardened security and encryption
To manage unstructured data growth, Minio develops software for cloud-native and containerized applications. DevOps teams make use of Minio’s unified NAS, SAN and object storage to write and port applications to S3 compatible clouds. It makes possible to deploy an Amazon S3 compatible object storage server in few seconds.
CEO: Anand Babu Periasamy
Features: Provide object storage API access to Docker volumes, consistent deployment across multi-cloud environments, orchestrate storage cluster with Docker Swarm
Nyriad is the first spin-out from the Square Kilometer Array, a multibillion-dollar radio telescope and the world’s largest computing project, being constructed by a consortium of 10 nations across Australia and South Africa. To capture 160 TBs of radio data, combining parallel computing and distributed storage processing became necessary. Nyriad was then brought in to develop advanced storage technology for big data and high-performance computing. This technology is now available to OEMs and cloud providers.
CEO: Matthew Simmons
Features: Create DAS arrays with hundreds of parallel storage devices, GPU computing on storage nodes with minimal data movement, compatible with all Linux filesystems and applications
6. Storj Labs
Developer of the Storj open-source decentralized cloud storage platform, Storj utilizes spare storage capacity of its community members to store data that has been shredded and encrypted. It makes use of its own cryptocurrency, the Storj, because micropayments through other forms of currency cannot be processed.
CSO: Shawn Wilkinson
Features: End to end encryption, free and open source software
Since the emerging NVMe standard comes with a promise of massive scalability, Vexata develops storage gears designed to exploit NVMe flash in servers. VX-100 Scalable Storage System, Vexata’s first product has been released. It makes use of the VX-OS software that doesn’t use caching or tiering. Instead, it makes large volumes of data available at low latency and high throughput, with localized SSD scheduling.
CEO: Zahid Hussain
Product: VX-100 Scalable Storage System
Features: Delivers massive bandwidth for all OLTP and analytic systems
8. Wasabi Technologies
Wasabi came out in May 2017 with a promise to store customers’ data six times faster than AWS while charging only about 0.30 cents per gigabyte monthly. Selling storage from leased data centers, Wasabi gives 1TB storage to its customers for a 30 day trial period. Using any S-3 compatible gateway, Wasabi enables to connect to AWS storage object.
CEO: David Friend
Features: S-3 compatible API, insanely fast TTFB Speeds, active integrity checking, internal consistency
All of these companies are worth keeping an eye on in 2018. If they are able to fully execute their plans they should be able to give us leading products this year leading to plenty of storage software choices for 2018 and beyond.