Feeds

Toshiba floats enterprise cloud storage-as-a-service

Promises single-tenant experience at multi-tenant prices

Boost IT visibility and business value

Toshiba has entered the cloud storage game with a new enterprise-grade service designed to deliver SAN and NAS capabilities to cloud provider customers.

The Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service is being rolled out from March 1 with a focus on Quality of Service, even for huge data volumes.

It’s based on the Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) storage-as-a-service offering from Zadara, a start-up in which Toshiba America Electronic Components invested $US3 million last year.

VPSA has been designed to work with every business database and application, offering elastic capabilities for live repository, archive, and disaster recovery storage, the firm said.

As El Reg reported last year, Zadara offers a “single-tenant experience in a multi-tenant environment”, with features including encryption, clustering, DR mirroring and separate networking.

The idea is for the Toshiba Cloud Storage Array service to offer predictable performance at low price.

Cloud providers using the service can offer each customer its own management interface. From here, admins can control their own cloud storage environment, adding or removing drives or switching from HDD to SSD, for example.

“Demand remains exceptionally high in Japan for solutions to address the rapid increase in data volumes while avoiding the need for purchasing storage hardware and paying for all the attendant floor space, maintenance and on-going costs associated with it,“ said Koichi Kagawa, Toshiba’s ICT Cloud Service Division GM, in a statement.

The Toshiba Cloud Storage Array service will initially be available only in Japan and will presumably be aimed at local users.

However, the growing demand for high performing, full-featured and enterprise-grade cloud storage could prompt a roll-out elsewhere, not least among Japanese users who surely appreciate the benefits of storing data in less tectonically-tenuous locations. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything
Enter credit card details if you want that system you bought to actually be useful
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts
Samba implementation? Time to get some devs on the job
Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes
Linux Foundation lights a fire under storage devs with new conference
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.