Storage Soup

Dec 3 2009   3:24PM GMT

Stealth startup wants to ease cloud storage connections

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

I first met with representatives from Cirtas, a new storage startup still in semi-stealth mode (say that five times fast) at the 451 Group Client Conference last month. At the time, CEO and founder Dan Decasper and vice president of marketing Josh Goldstein didn’t have much to share about Cirtas’s plans except to say the goal was to “build cloud storage technology to make adoption much easier.”

More recently, however, the company’s website has gone public with a few more details:

Bluejet Cloud Storage Controllers reside in the enterprise data center on the existing network. To servers on the network, Bluejet looks and performs just like an on-site shared storage array. However, Bluejet stores the data in the cloud storage service of your choice, delivering infinite capacity and simplifying storage management.

Bluejet combines advanced storage array features with proprietary technology to seamlessly make cloud storage work like local storage.  

The site also contains this diagram:

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From the looks of it and the claim about making the cloud perform like local storage, I would imagine the hardware box contains some solid-state storage for caching, and possibly some deduplication IP. The “Internet Cloud APIs” portion suggests it will also have a protocol translation layer for delivering storage to and from cloud systems with object interfaces via standard network protocols like NFS, CIFS, or iSCSI.

If so, it could be seen as a higher-end answer to CTERA’s CloudPlug, or similar to technology Riverbed says it’ll have out in 2010. Emulex is also working on a cloud HBA.

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