Hot off the presses, NetApp to acquire Bycast. If you’re unfamiliar with Bycast, they are a leading developer of object storage software designed to manage large scale global content repositories of images, video, and records for enterprises and service providers. This technology is currently available with their StorageGRID technology.
Object-based storage is an emerging approach to storing unstructured data. Unlike traditional NAS systems where on manages volumes or ‘containers of storage’; object storage is a ‘container-less’ model that manages globally distributed data through a front end metadata database. This architecture allows applications to access data from the same location independent of where the data is actually stored, and offers much simpler data queries.
Policies can be used to control where data is stored, but the user doesn’t manage the data by containers. It also enables a globally-distributed data model by providing a location-independent access layer. Customers can have a consistent access method for their global users while they consolidate data centrally to drive efficiency and cost savings.
We have already been working with Bycast on a number of deals where the combination of our products offers a compelling solution. For now check out Bycast and the press release, and I’ll share my thoughts on regarding the future storage with VMware later this week.