If the watchword for IT today is above all elasticity, the storage sector still needs to take several steps forward in this direction. This is DataCore’s point of view, according to which the path of Software-Defined Storage is clearly the one to follow, if we want to eliminate the more or less consistent walls that still separate many storage solutions. The US software house aims to develop a unifying platform for all storage in the company: ” to avoid silos created by different types of traditional products and approaches,” explains CEO Dave Zabrowski. Approaches for which, after all, each technology vendor has its own specificitywhich translates into more or less proprietary solutions and, therefore, limiting for customers.
Not that DataCore offers a single solution suitable for any storage environment. Its model is more like a synergistic integration of targeted solutions in a “best of breed” style, specifically aimed at the reference applications of the storage world: blocks, files, objects. And today, more and more, unstructured data related to containerization. A different approach, therefore, compared to others that are much more transversal, in particular – to give an obvious example – Ceph. But also other unified file and object storage solutions.
It is also the result of the historical evolution of Datacore. The software house started from the world of block storage, considered as the most demanding from the point of view of performance, and then extended to file and object storage applications. At the product level, this meant the development of a solution for block storage (SANsymphony), one for file storage (vFilo), one for object storage (Swarm, which derives from the acquisition of Caringo). Also worth mentioning is FileFly, which acts as a bridge between the world of file storage and that of objects.
The unification – or rather, given the DataCore approach, the integration – of all these environments is the basis of a strategic vision that the company defined long ago, a vision that was dubbed DataCore One. Today this vision includes in particular the developments related to the container storage sector. Software-Defined Storage is growing in all its forms, but on the one hand ” containers are the best way to implement new applications on any IT infrastructure “, recalls Zabrowski, on the other, these new applications ” generate large amounts of data. unstructured “.
One of the hot names at, a software house with which DataCore has effectively defined a joint venture, “corroborated” by an investment of 26 million dollars. MayaData has developed OpenEBS, in a nutshell an open source platform with which to associate persistent storage containers, entrusting Kubernetes with the task of orchestrating both the containers and the storage controllers. Technically, it is a form of Container-Attached Storage (CAS), which thanks to the collaboration between the two companies becomes part of the DataCore platform.
The strategic vision of DataCore One does not only include the progressive addition of technological components. It must also go towards simplification from the users’ point of view. The inevitable complexity of the SDS must be transparent for those who use it, also because – recalls Abhijit Dey, DataCore Chief Product Officer – ” For customers, the most important thing is data: storage is only the means by which data ‘lives. ‘in the IT infrastructure… Customers know they have problems they want solutions to, not to talk about technologies. ” For this reason, the most recent news of DataCore is the preview release of DataCore Central (but the definitive name could be different): a dashboard from which to see the status of all your storage, regardless of its type, and from which to manage the main operations.
Also good in Italy
The general considerations of DataCore obviously also apply to Italian customers and have guaranteed a decisive growth of the local market even during a 2020 marked by the pandemic. DataCore Italia is based on two distributors (Esprinet and Ready Informatica), two branches (first Milan, more recently Rome) and a network of 150 certified system integrators which – explains Rémy Bargoing, Country Manager Italy – ” guarantee an extended coverage of the territory “. Coverage that also takes place through 24 Service Providers who serve about a thousand client companies, plus the over eight hundred served directly by system integrators.
In particular, Bargoing points out, in 2020 the business linked to the Service Provider sector grew more than double compared to the traditional market. This growth is also due to the fact that the DataCore software platform aligns well with the evolutionary path chosen by the many system integrators who are organizing themselves to operate as Service Providers. The PA market is also doing well, moving to have more flexible IT environments and reduce costs. Two results that, according to DataCore, the Software-Defined Storage allows to achieve.