12.07.2008 11:58 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Bycast announces StorageGRID 8

Bycast, a provider of storage virtualization software for large-scale digital archives, has announced the general availability of StorageGRID 8. This latest release improves on the standard for large-scale, long-term digital archives by delivering an open platform that virtualizes information retention and access across a spectrum of storage devices ranging from high-performance disk to archival media, distributed across multiple sites.

In addition to providing a flexible, general-purpose archive platform, StorageGRID 8 delivers the performance, scalability and reliability required by the most data-intensive applications.

StorageGRID 8 features the new distributed file system gateway (DFSG), a high-performance clustered file system frontend to complement StorageGRID’s distributed multitier object store. By delivering the high performance and throughput of the DFSG clustered file system, together with the reliability and scalability of the StorageGRID distributed archive, StorageGRID 8 allows clients to easily scale their environments to support a variety of applications. With this advancement, StorageGRID 8 provides a unified storage solution that integrates storage assets ranging from ultra-high performance disk to deep archive devices in a single system that is accessible by applications through a standard file system interface.

StorageGRID 8 also includes innovative multitenancy functionality specifically aimed at enabling service providers, as well as internal IT departments running their operations as a service, to address the rapidly emerging storage service provider market using the StorageGRID platform. Discrete security partitions ensure that multiple clients or departments leveraging the same storage service have their own independent secure archives.

Together with the launch of StorageGRID 8, Bycast is also announcing the availability of StorageGRID 8 Express Bundles for small and medium-sized businesses. StorageGRID 8 Express Bundles are simplified configurations of StorageGRID that offer smaller enterprises the same robust platform used to protect some of the largest life-critical digital archives in the world and are available for storage hardware systems from leading manufacturers.

For more information, visit www.bycast.com/.

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