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Apr 20 2010   6:21PM GMT

Startup TwinStrata previews cloud storage integration product

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

A new company has emerged from stealth in the cloud data storage industry this week at Cloud Expo. TwinStrata Inc. is previewing what it calls its “cloud enablement strategy” today, though it’s not disclosing product details yet.

One thing TwinStrata’s product is not, according to CEO Nicos Vekiarides, is a cloud storage service. Instead, the company bills itself as a Storage Cloud Enablement specialist.

In its slide deck for press, TwinStrata listed the key requirements for Storage Cloud Enablement as the following:

•Non-disruptive integration w/existing business + data protection apps
•Supports all industry file systemsandblock-level access
•Intelligent caching architecture, delivers local performance
•Supports virtual and physical IT environments
•Easy to deploy, manage in self-service manner via UI, CLI and API
•Compute AnywhereTMapplication accessibility: on/off-premise, cloud
•Local and cloud data copies, zero-footprint snapshots
•Encryption for security
•Bandwidth savings via caching, compression, deduplication
•Support multiple cloud providers,with data mobility across providers
•Support providers that offer SLAs for regulatory & compliance

These aren’t confirmed product features, but the picture that’s emerging for me is a cloud gateway similar to Nasuni or StorSimple. Analysts have described these hybrid cloud gateways as the next frontier for file virtualization, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see more competitors enter this space this year.

Whatever the product turns out to be, TwinStrata says it will target medium-sized businesses (which it defines as companies with between $25 million and $99 million in annual revenue) and midsized enterprises ($100 million – $999 million).

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