FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudian®, Inc., the market-leading S3-compatible cloud storage software company, today announced the availability of two free white papers detailing the technology behind and market opportunity for object storage and Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS). Both white papers can be downloaded from the Cloudian Resource Center now.
The first paper, authored by industry analyst firm Neovise and titled "Object Storage: A Growing Opportunity for Service Providers," discusses how growing trends such as mobility, big data, file sharing and cloud computing are creating demand for STaaS. In order to serve each of these growing needs, several different types of cloud storage services are coming online, of which object storage is one of the most promising due to its low cost and reliability. This comprehensive white paper covers the basics of object storage and helps service providers explore whether it is right for their organization. Topics include: understanding object storage; why object storage is better; and object storage requirements.
The second white paper, authored by Cloudian and titled "Service Providers' Greatest New Growth Opportunity: Building Storage-as-a-Service Businesses," outlines the market size for STaaS and details the technologies and ecosystems which make STaaS a revenue opportunity for service providers. Indeed, according to recent data from 451 Research, STaaS represents a large – and rapidly growing – market with a CAGR of 47% and a total market of nearly $6B by 2015. This white paper also explains how leveraging the Cloudian Community Edition – which allows a 100 TB system to be deployed with no software license fees – can help service providers evaluate at no cost what STaaS has to offer.
Cloudian delivers a fully S3 API compliant, multi-tenant, multi-data center cloud storage platform that enables enterprises and service providers to cost-effectively deploy an extremely scalable and reliable object storage service within public and private clouds. The platform leverages a fully distributed, peer-to-peer architecture, with no single point of failure. Cloudian also provides a comprehensive user interface for both end user applications as well as administrative functions, including billing, monitoring and provisioning. The solution easily scales from one node up to hundreds of nodes across multiple data centers, supporting petabytes of data, enabling system operators to leverage heterogeneous, commodity servers for cost-effective horizontal scalability.
Last fall, the company released the free Cloudian Community Edition, which will support up to 100 TB of useable storage and offers forum support, opening up the scalability, reliability and power of cloud object storage to anyone building an Amazon S3-compatible cloud, be it public, private or hybrid. The Cloudian Community Edition can be downloaded from http://www.cloudian.com/get-started.html.
"We believe that object storage and STaaS offer remarkable new business opportunities for service providers," said Giorgio Propersi, Cloudian General Manager, Americas and EMEA. "We are pleased to offer the community these white papers to help educate the market and drive even more business in this already exploding marketplace."
Cloudian, Inc. is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage software. The main product is Cloudian®, an Amazon S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable cloud storage solutions. Cloudian is actively partnering with leading cloud computing environments including Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, and OpenStack, cloud on-ramp providers, and the vast ecosystem of tools and applications that is afforded through true S3 compatibility. Cloudian's customers include Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, SoftBank, Nifty, and Lunacloud. The company has additional offices in China and Japan. For more information or to try Cloudian today, please visit www.cloudian.com.
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