What Capabilities are Needed for a Startup Storage Company?

It’s one thing to have a good idea. StorageOS seems to have that with the distributed storage solution for containers. There’s something compelling of using a container itself act as a controller in this capacity. But making that good idea work in the enterprise is another matter.

Eric Shanks came away impressed by the feature support offered by StorageOS. This is made all the more impressive given that they’re really just entering into offering a commercially available product. I’m used to seeing products roll out with the idea and slowly gain practicality as a solution in subsequent releases.

The StorageOS founders have a background in the financial IT sector, so it’s not too surprising that their solution would be ready to hit the ground running. Still, I’ve heard enough briefings with companies telling that support for things like dedupe is “in the pipeline” that I can appreciate a full featured implementation.

The IT Hollow comments:

At this point I assume everyone is tired of hearing about storage arrays. They seem to have saturated the market to the point where the new storage companies have all but evaporated, or got bought by a larger company. Couple that with a focus on moving to public clouds and the storage array seems to have been beaten to death.

While I was at Tech Field Day 12 I had the opportunity to see the folks over at StorageOS present on their fancy new storage solution. I was fully prepared to be lulled to sleep with another storage device but StorageOS had an interesting new take on the storage array. Their solution is to use containers to provide a global namespace to a clustered file system. Having a lightweight 40MB container acting as a controller for your virtual storage array could be an interesting topic all by itself.

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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