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Seagate unveils open storage platform

Dubai, November 7, 2013

Seagate, a leader in storage solutions, has unveiled its open storage platform to simplify enterprise data management.

The Seagate Kinetic also aims to lower total cost of ownership of the average cloud infrastructure by up to 50 per cent.

New software-defined and ‘cloud’ infrastructure enterprise storage systems have replaced hardware-centric systems over the past decade, owing to the growth of data-driven applications, social media and ecommerce, said a report.

Research from Gartner estimated global spending on data centres will hit $143 billion by the end of this year and rise to $149 billion by 2014.

“With the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, our internal R&D teams have designed a storage architecture to enable cheaper, more scalable object storage solutions that free up IT professionals from having to invest in hardware and software they don’t need—empowering them with the most innovative storage technology available,” said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

The platform combines the company’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems to integrate a new open-source API (application program interface) with Seagate’s hard drive technology, said a statement.

Designed for rapid implementation in any cloud software stack, the technology can be deployed across a wide portfolio of storage devices enabling system builders and software developers to design new solutions that will deliver against a full array of cloud data-centre uses, it said.   

A number of leading open-source hardware and software providers are now developing on the Seagate Kinetic platform to improve capabilities of storage architectures, said the statement.

“Dell is the leader in hyperscale data centre solutions because we’re intently focused on delivering cost-effective solutions—tailored to address our customers’ workloads and maximise application performance—and the Seagate Kinetic Open Source platform helps us on that mission,” said Tracy Davis, vice president and general manager of Dell’s Data Center Solutions group.

The Seagate Kinetic platform eliminates the storage server tier of traditional data centre architectures by enabling applications to speak directly to the storage device, thereby reducing expenses associated with the acquisition, deployment, and support of hyper-scale storage infrastructures.

Companies can realise additional cost savings while maximising storage density through reduced power and cooling costs, and receiving potentially dramatic savings in cloud data centre build outs.

The platform enables cloud service providers and independent software vendors to optimise scale-out file and object-based storage simply and effectively. With the platform, applications can now manage specific features and capabilities and rapidly implement and deploy in any cloud storage software stack. The technology also increases I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimising cluster management, data replication, migration, and active archive performance. - TradeArabia News Service




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