Remote Cloud/Object store plugins for Cloud Ext product
We are a cloud provider to the educational space and are getting ready to deploy the F5 cloud extender product to our clients.
CE has some really compelling benefits to customers looking to take advantage of cloud based storage, the plugin architecture makes not only choosing a cloud provider less of a risk since it's easy to change/migrate later to another external cloud storage vendor but also provides the rich feature set of having a virtual ARX in house.
In our space one of the most powerful policies is to move and stub out local data that has not been accessed in a year. We are finding over 70% of our unstructured file data meets this criteria alone, and having the ARX/CE combination to be an amazing way to manage the huge growth we see.
We are currently doing an evaluation of object stores ourselves to host on premise and wondered if anyone else was running them and what their results have shown.
I am at SNW Fall 2011 now and there are some compelling companies in this space, a few we are watching are:
Open Stack (swift)
What are others thinking about and doing with tiering their files securely both in house and to the cloud?