You’re getting warmer and warmer. ClearSky Data is offering another storage option for enterprise businesses with high volume, complex data needs. Though the business model follows a similar structure incorporating the cloud into what has become the new hybrid standard approach, there is some originality and important points of consideration for ClearSky Data’s storage solution. ClearSky Data’s tiered, multi-focus alternative aims to reduce costs by how it organizes the data in addition to catering to customers’ needs.
What seems to be the most fundamentally valuable is the data ranking system that then appropriately assigns a storage place based on the decided rank. “Less than ten percent of an enterprise’s overall data is accessed with any regularity, and the composition of that ten percent of data changes over time and across workloads,” ClearSky wrote in one of its white papers. This fact is foundational to its ranking and storage system.
Data that is considered high priority and needs to be easily accessed is deemed “hot” and stored in an edge cache in the customer’s data center (or Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services) within the storage architecture. “Warm” data may be acquired at PoPs or points of presence that ClearSky Data maintains in major metropolitan areas. Finally, the remaining “cold” data collects like an Ice Age in a cloud.
ClearSky Data recognizes that the data required and deemed hot will undoubtedly change over time so they have developed new ways to predict and adapt the ranking as needed. They have created software and algorithms that manage and move the data between the various storage locations automatically based on usage patterns, policy and customer requirements. The service, which utilizes VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, also enables users to access system alerts and updates around the clock.
In addition to easy on-demand, structured and categorized data, ClearSky Data promotes low latency storage management. It maintains dedicated, redundant private networks in addition to a number of other optimization strategies to uphold its low latency. For proof, the company asserts, that the storage framework can handle up to hundreds of thousands of input/output operations per second with latency levels never exceeding two milliseconds.
When the company originally went live last August, they had received $12 million for support and development. A few months following the launch, it received $27 million in Series B funds led by Polaris Partners.
Recent investors are impressed by the combination of algorithms and thoughtful processes that have been incorporated into the ClearSky Data model. CEO Ellen Rubin has also noted that though there have been more modern storage solutions like Pure Storage encroaching on the market. However, she views the goal and ultimately, the ideal customer of ClearSky Data as different from the others.
She described ClearSky Data’s customer as one who is a more adventurous, risk-taker in the market and one who is willing to exit data storage center management all together. Rubin is proud that the ClearSky Data solution is one that minimizes the work and worry for the customer and instead provides and does all the work to give a true data storage service.
With the additional funding, ClearSky Data has already begun to improve upon its already scalable and fluid business model by strengthening its de-duplication, backup and disaster recovery services. Clearsky Data has also added locations for its PPS services beyond the Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas areas.
ClearSky Data is an enterprise storage solution that is coming in hot.