Feeds

Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

For people with whopping great files, apparently

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead.

The company already has a Media Shuttle product which is used by many digital media customers to send large files to customers and partners in the digital media production process. It uses the UDP protocol which is faster than FTP, many times faster, by being less chatty.

IBM bought competitor Aspera, with its Fasp protocol, in December last year, and it supported file movements to Amazon, Google and Microsoft clouds.

Signiant customers could use Dropbox and similar services to transfer, and synch, files between systems but – although they are faster than FTP – such services may have limits of file size which Signiant’s products do not. Media Shuttle is offered as a hybrid SaaS service, the Signiant software is delivered from the cloud, but a customer’s data stays on-premise and is transferred to remote sites directly over the internet without having to be stored in a cloud vault with consequent security concerns.

Signiant Media Shuttle speeds

Signiant file transfer speeds

Why not use a WAN optimisation product like Riverbed’s Steelhead to transfer the files instead?

Signiant’s CTO, Ian Hamilton, said: “Signiant is a software solution implemented at the edges of the network whereas Riverbed Steelhead appliances are a hardware solution embedded in the network. They can achieve similar benefits, but Riverbed is typically targeted at remote offices accessing central resources where it can optimise protocols associated with storage access and office productivity by identifying redundant information traveling over the network and not transferring it.

“Signiant is targeted at inter and intra enterprise transfers of big data (eg, digital media) which does not typically exhibit much redundancy due to prior compression, encryption and other factors.”

On to SkyDrop: it transfers files into and out of Amazon’s S3 and Microsoft’s Azure cloud storage. Because of this, Signiant says: “Workflows that require fast exchange of files to and from cloud storage, including active archiving, media processing and big data analysis, can now be implemented much more easily and cost-effectively.”

The cloud virtual machine resources (compute) and software required for this are operated by Signiant as a fully managed service, only requiring customers to simply install light-weight local client software and connect to their cloud storage tenancy in S3 or Azure.

Rick Clarkson, Signiant’s product management VP, said: “The cloud is transforming how companies in media & entertainment and a wide variety of other industries are doing business – and now they need an easier, faster and more reliable way to move bit data into and out of cloud environments.”

SkyDrop is Signiant’s way of providing this.

We’re told SkyDrop “autoscales during high-volume transfer cycles to maintain performance, and is fully redundant and load balanced for reliability. … [It] provides developers with a choice of tools to make integration easy.”

Although Dropbox and similar file-sharing systems storing data in the cloud have security concerns, cloud storage of big media data and big data generally is becoming more popular because of its affordability and savings on on-premise storage.

With this move Signiant has equalled EMC/Aspera’s cloud support and its customers will be reassured that Signiant is not sitting back on its laurels. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.