ParaScale Announces Cloud Scale Data Protection and Security

ParaScale, Inc. has introduced a new version of its cloud storage platform with advanced features for data security, protection and accessibility.  Release 2.5 of ParaScale Cloud Storage software also includes features to efficiently address 'big data' requirements by enabling data services and application integration directly onto storage nodes.

"Data is growing quickly but not all data is growing equally," Jack Norris, Parascale vice president of marketing and business development, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Citing information from Parascale customers and industry analysts, Norris says that what is driving customers' data growth is the explosion of machine-generated data such as log files, images, sensor data, and backup streams, and that requires a new approach.

According to the company, the next generation of cloud storage provides a new architecture that is optimized to address the demands of large files and fast-growing content with highly scalable, easy-to-use storage and provides a platform for new enterprise applications to reduce costs and management complexity and drive faster business results. This new generation of cloud storage introduces a paradigm shift, says the vendor, of bringing the processing to the data ... full article.

Built to meet the needs of enterprise data centers or managed hosting providers, release 2.5 of ParaScale Cloud Storage software provides a global namespace, thin provisioning and easily incorporates additional storage nodes to scale.

The new release protects against silent data corruption in both memory and disk with automated self-healing without introducing any bottleneck. Signatures are stored locally with no central look-up to enable massive scale and better performance. In the area of security, the new release also provides scalable data encryption that secures data without requiring storage of keys within the cloud or third-party key management. Cloud storage management functions such as replication and migration are performed on encrypted content with multiple protocols and algorithms supported.

With the 2.5 release, ParaScale adds advanced multi-tenancy features including multi-tenant FTP support. Each virtual file system acts as a unique FTP server with user authentication against a unique external directory to protect shared file access. Within a VFS, the administrator can define data access privileges, shared protocols, replication policies, encryption support and other customer specific settings.

And, addressing 'big data' requirements, Parascale says it is more efficient to bring the processing to the enterprise storage tier, eliminating the time and management tasks related to moving large datasets across the network to temporary computing clusters. ParaScale identifies local data on each storage node and supports applications running directly on ParaScale cloud storage nodes.

ParaScale Cloud Storage software R2.5 beta is available now. For more information, go here.