As part of its all-encompassing “Cloud OS” strategy, Microsoft today announced new and updated products and services for its StorSimple hybrid storage solutions, which combine local SAN (storage area network) with cloud storage.
This Cloud OS vision is backed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this year said that Redmond’s strategy is “cloud-first, mobile-first.”
The rollout includes two new storage appliances for the StorSimple 8000 series arrays. The StorSimple 8100 offers 15-40TB of local storage and 200TB of cloud storage. The larger capacity 8600 model, provides 40-100TB of local storage along with 500TB of storage in the cloud.
In addition, Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance is a service that works with the 8000 series appliances and provides access to local data via Azure. Customers can centrally manage these types of hybrid storage environments with the new Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager.
In a demo this week, Redmond offered some common use cases for its new StorSimple solution. In one, a customer’s data center containing applications that reside on physical and/or virtual servers could connect to a StorSimple appliance via a 10GB Ethernet iSCSI connection. The StorSimple appliance performs deduplication, compression, and automatic tiering of stored data. The appliance can also connect via WAN to Azure.
In such a setup, customers not only have a hybrid on-premise and cloud storage solution, but also a disaster recovery option. Cloud snapshots can be sent from one datacenter, up to a StorSimple virtual appliance. A second, remote datacenter can receive and restore snapshots of production data and that site can be up and running in the event of a disaster.
StorSimple also provides data mobility. Multiple StorSimple appliances can access data uploaded to Azure for migrating between sites.
Taming Data Sprawl
Microsoft is also highlighting how StorSimple can combat the problem of storing old data.
“The problem with data growth is managing all of the old data,” said Marc Farley, senior product marketing manager for StorSimple. With StorSimple’s automatic tiering capability, inactive data is automatically archived to the cloud, he said.
Redmond projects that businesses can reduce their TCO by 40-60 percent with StorSimple over other traditional enterprise storage solutions.
Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and the Microsoft Azure StorSimpleVirtual Appliance are only supported with the StorSimple8000 series arrays and not with legacy StorSimple appliances.
Microsoft acquired StorSimple in October 2012, stating at the time that the acquisition would further its cloud OS strategy and help its customers better leverage hybrid cloud computing.
In a blog post, Redmond gave insight into what will be announced at its upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference next week in Washington D.C. A few key announcements include:
- A new Microsoft Dynamics CRM online government cloud offering and an expanded preview of the Microsoft’s Azure government cloud.
- New IaaS capabilities added to the Azure Preview Portal
- The offical name of Codename Oslo is Delve. Delve is a search and discover capability of Office 365 which will be rolled out later this year.
- A revamp of Office 365 partner sales plans.