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Andreessen Horowitz-backed Startup Unveils Cloud-Inspired, Bottleneck-free Storage that Delivers 2x the Price/Performance of All-Flash Arrays at Public Cloud Pricing
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – October 15, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ –Coho Data today emerged from stealth mode to unveil a completely reimagined storage model called Coho DataStream that packages the value of public cloud – including pay-as-you-grow economics, rapid scaling and high resiliency – into an on-premise solution for datacenters of all sizes. With a software-defined approach, the Coho DataStream product line combines commodity hardware with software that’s tuned for the latest PCIe flash technologies to deliver twice the price/performance of all-flash arrays and give businesses the peace of mind that they’ll always have fast, reliable access to their data. With its unique architecture, Coho Data offers a level of scale and predictable high performance that is unprecedented, enabling businesses to focus on their data instead of managing storage hardware and performance issues.
Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Peter Levine explained, “As we saw with Nicira and networking, Coho Data is shaking up how storage has traditionally been delivered; instead of focusing on the storage hardware, it’s all about using software to extract the best performance from commodity hardware. I’m thrilled to work with the founding team, comprised of veteran product visionaries and architects, to usher in storage for the cloud generation.” Read more from Peter Levine on his blog: http://peter.a16z.com/2013/10/15/re-inventing-storage-from-the-inside-out
Virtualization has enabled greater efficiency and flexibility for servers in datacenters of all sizes. But as the compute side of the datacenter has become more efficient, storage has remained unchanged for decades. While cloud computing has given companies more options for easily storing and managing data in hosted environments, these cloud generation services have opted to use new approaches leveraging commodity hardware and smart software instead of buying traditional storage products. Inspired by this cloud approach and leveraging their experience building the virtualization layer that powers Amazon’s EC2, Coho Data’s founders built the DataStream to address underlying scale and performance limitations in traditional storage architectures. The DataStream brings a fundamentally new storage building block to the datacenter that delivers the modularity and economics needed to enable businesses to rapidly scale data capacity and performance on demand to any application. Read why CTO, Andy Warfield, believes buying storage today is like buying Tupperware:http://www.cohodata.com/blog/enterprise-tupperware
“Even as new advancements in flash memory have come on the scene, the storage industry has remained stagnant, relying on a 30-year-old architecture to deliver performance and accessibility,” said Ramana Jonnala, CEO, Coho Data. “By redesigning the storage stack itself, we have taken the best ideas from public cloud-based architectures and improved them for demanding on-premise datacenters. DataStream uses sophisticated software to take advantage of flash in such a way that it can be used for all applications, not just the top tier ones. Whether data is in the public or private cloud, it should be on a storage architecture that can meet the scalability and performance today’s cloud generation companies need, at the pricing they demand.”
Businesses Find Relief from Performance and Scale Bottlenecks
Coho Data starts with a cloud-inspired storage model that combines scale-out software on commodity hardware to deliver pay-as-you-grow economics and investment protection: customers start with a system that meets their immediate capacity and performance needs and then grow the system as their business demands it. By embracing open commodity hardware, DataStream enables customers to take advantage of continuous improvements in hardware costs. Then, by adding breakthrough innovations including a storage stack optimized for PCIe flash and the use of software-defined networking (SDN) to embed storage intelligence in the network, the patented Coho DataStream architecture guarantees linear performance scaling with zero bottlenecks that is 18x the performance of traditional storage products.
“We deliver services to a range of internal customers and require a storage solution that can provide cloud-level scale to help us manage the 12PBs of data and 4K VMs we currently have,” said Mario Angers, Systems Manager for University of British Columbia Central IT. “We’ve looked at lots of flash solutions, but they deliver performance that doesn’t scale. Coho DataStream is the first flash-tuned architecture we’ve seen that addresses scale and performance for our large VMware environment.”
Fast, Cloud-Inspired Storage for On-Premise Datacenters
The end result is brilliantly simple storage that is engineered to be delivered as a scalable, cost-effective storage service by businesses of all sizes. With 10-minute plug and play installation times, single system management, and automated performance tuning and load balancing, businesses can eliminate the time spent molding traditional storage to fit their varying applications and instead focus on more important business priorities.
Coho Data will be showcasing its product at the Hands-On Lab at the Storage Networking World Conference this week in Long Beach, CA.
About Coho Data
Founded in 2011 and funded by Andreessen Horowitz, Coho Data has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit http://www.cohodata.com and follow us on Twitter at @cohodata.
Blog Post about “Reinventing Storage from the Inside Out” from General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Levine:http://peter.a16z.com/2013/10/15/re-inventing-storage-from-the-inside-out
Blog Post about “Coho Data’s Xen Heritage” from Founder and CTO of Bromium and XenSource, Simon Crosby:http://www.cohodata.com/blog/2013/10/14/coho-datas-xen-heritage/
Grant Cermak, Development Manager, Global Medical Imaging Software Company with more than 5K customers:
Mario Angers, Systems Manager, University of British Columbia:
Brent Dunington, Infrastructure Architect, University of British Columbia:
Bob Plankers, IT Architect at Major Midwestern University and Top Virtualization and Storage Blogger (LoneSysAdmin.net):
Cormac Hogan, Top Virtualization and Storage Blogger (CormacHogan.com)
Duncan Epping, Top Virtualization and Storage Blogger (Yellow-Bricks.com)
Stephen Foskett, Independent IT Analyst and Chief Organizer, TechFieldDay:
See live videocast of Coho Data Founders discussing product architecture on 11/15 at http://techfieldday.com/event/sfd4/
Source: Coho Data
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