7 Emerging Vendors in Cloud Computing Storage: Page 3

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6. SolarWinds

What problem do they solve? To manage multi-vendor, heterogeneous storage environments successfully, organizations must be able to quickly pull data from multiple arrays into a single report that displays capacity, allocation, usage and forecasting at all levels of the storage environment (Raw, RAID, LUN, Datastore and file system).

According to a recent Storage Switzerland industry survey, the firm found that more than a quarter of IT administrators believe that the biggest storage problem caused by virtualization is capacity management. Half of the respondents reported that they were not confident in how they are using storage resources, believing they are wasting valuable storage assets. And that's just a rating of confidence.

Without getting an overview of storage utilization, how can admins really make the best choice for their organization and industry? How do they know where problems exist in the operational environment?

What they do: SolarWinds’ Storage Manager is designed to appeal to storage managers and their pain points. According to the company, Storage Manager can quickly assess how much storage is available, whose data is hogging up server space, how rapidly storage space is diminishing, and other critical statistics that help IT and business pros make choices about storage needs. The solution also helps them manage a dynamic environment utilizing multiple arrays.

The Storage Manager monitors, collects, and analyzes data from SAN arrays, NAS arrays, and fiber channel switches, so administrators can then access the management platform to view real-time and historical statistics and availability of storage infrastructure from any web browser.

Why they're an up-and-comer: SolarWinds is well positioned to take advantage of all the problems inherent with storage sprawl in heterogeneous environments. Traditional storage resource management solutions are notoriously difficult to deploy, cumbersome to use and extremely expensive.

According to the company, “Storage Manager gives users unprecedented visibility into shared storage that is not available through other SRM solutions. Users gain perspective not just through the perspective of the hypervisor but into the individual arrays all the way to the disks.”

SolarWinds claims that Storage Manager was designed with ease-of-use being as much of a priority as the feature set. The solution lists at just under $3K and is available as a download at the SolarWinds website.

7. TwinStrata

What problem do they solve? With more and more companies moving to the cloud, the challenge for many organizations is integrating the cloud with existing IT environments and sustaining the same performance, security and availability needed to conduct business each day. In moving to the cloud, gaps in how data is stored and protected – as well as how it is managed in case of a disaster – can impact day-to-day business productivity.

What they do: TwinStrata’s CloudArray solution is intended to deliver the many benefits of cloud storage combined with the enterprise-class features, as well as the performance and availability, traditionally associated with on-premise storage solutions.

Key features include iSCSI plug-and-play connectivity to any host OS, high-availability software and hardware form factors, options for local and/or cloud data copies, snapshots for recovery and retention, encryption at-rest and in-flight, compression to reduce capacity utilization and bandwidth, disaster recovery capability on-premise, off-premise and in the cloud, and dynamic policies to meet application performance needs.

CloudArray is available either as a virtual or physical appliance, and is delivered on a pay-as-you-go, utility model.

Why they're an up-and-comer: The company is backed by more than $6 million in funding. Since emerging from stealth mode in 2010, the TwinStrata began adding customers at an impressive clip. According to a TwinStrata spokesperson, the company’s revenues increased by 400 percent in Q4 2010.

Customers include Karmaloop, American Academy of Dermatology, Westway Group, Color Kinetics, the American Federation of Government Employees and NSK Inc.

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