Posted by: Dave Raffo
Since the beta program for the Verizon Cloud Compute and Cloud Storage began earlier this month, Verizon Terremark has been pulling back the curtains on the storage used for those services.
Over the last two weeks, Verizon Terremark launched a partnership with storage vendor NetApp and revealed it is using flash storage from HGST as a building block for its cloud.
Verizon said it would use NetApp Data Ontap virtual storage appliances (VSAs) in the Verizon clouds that let NetApp array customers access Data Ontap data protection and file management features.
This is a different arrangement than NetApp has with Amazon, which allows customers to set up NetApp FAS and V-Series storage on the Amazon cloud and access them via Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“Here, it’s all software. There is no NetApp array involved, “ Tom Shields, NetApp director of service provider marketing, said of the Verizon partnership.
Shields said the VSA used in the Verizon cloud is similar to the Data Ontap Edge virtual appliance NetApp sells for remote offices. “That’s the starting point,” he said of the Edge technology.
Verizon Terremark CTO John Considine said Verizon customers can set up the VSA filer through a template, selecting the capacity and services needed.
This week, Verizon announced it is using HGST’s s800 SAS solid-state drives (SSDs) as primary storage for the Cloud Compute service and as cache for Cloud Storage. HGST acquired the s800 SSDs in the recently closed sTec deal.
The HGST SSDs play a role in Verizon Cloud’s service options, as users can select service levels based on performance. “We allow the customer to adjust the performance level,” he said. “If it’s non-critical data and they just want to have the data out there and not do much with it, they can dial the performance level down an only pay for what they’re using.”
Verizon Cloud Storage uses the same SSDs for caching, with most of the data going on spinning disk.
“We’ll use SSDs to boost performance as we encode data and spread it across spinning disk,” Considine said of Cloud Storage.
Verizon Terremark was already discussing the deal with sTec before the HGST acquisition. Verizon does not use HGST hard disk drives, although Considine said “it is not out of the realm of consideration.”
You can expect to hear about more Verizon storage partners. Verizon has pledged to support cloud gateways and is also using object storage from a vendor it has yet to identify.