As cloud computing gains a foothold in the mainstream computing world, a number of serious issues have emerged. Two among the forefront are security issues with data that is on cloud servers and storage problems that are experienced by companies who have large amounts of data ported to cloud options. While security issues will likely be an ongoing and in some ways an impossible concern to fully address, a startup company is trying to target the problem of virtual storage issues.
Run by Kieran Harty, former head of R+D at VMware, Tintri is a startup company that is looking to reevaluate how virtual storage is handled. The problem up until now is that virtual and cloud storage has not been treated any differently than standard storage, resulting in a situation in which data recovery and access times have fallen dramatically. Those at Tintri are of the mind that cloud options need their own, specialized form of storage, and have set out to create one that addresses the special concerns posed by operating a system which contains the data of multiple companies spread across hundreds or thousands of virtual machines. Tintri’s current storage project involves 1 TB of flash memory and 15 SATA drives that have de-duplication and compression utility along with RAID6 protection. Using this type of technology, Tintri claims that they are able to reduce the footprint of a 1 TB database to 170 GB of physical space – a significant improvement over current methods.
With virtual sprawl becoming more and more common, companies like Tintri are looking to create a cloud world that is not so cluttered and that allows quick and easy access to any data that a company has stored, whenever that company needs it.