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Yottabyte unveiled an enhanced version of its software for virtualizing commodity server, storage and networking hardware into a virtualized data center designed to help smaller companies build cloud data centers.
Yottabyte Enterprise 2.0 software can be used by small, midsize and even large enterprise companies to build a scalable public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure with all the required critical network functionality in a single package, said Duane Tursi, vice president of sales and marketing for the Bloomfield Township, Mich.-based software developer.
"When we look at the world's largest, most scalable clouds, they're from the public cloud providers like Amazon and Google," Tursi said. "But the channel can't really take advantage of that kind of infrastructure. Those companies use PhD-type people to build software that can use commodity hardware. So channel partners turn to the OEMs, but they've built their business with disparate technology."
Yottabyte saw a gap between the large public cloud providers and those OEMs such as EMC, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM that provide converged infrastructure platforms for building cloud infrastructures and filled it with software that allows smaller companies to build their own infrastructures with the security and performance businesses require, Tursi said.
"Our virtual data center software allows the virtualization of server, storage and networking resources to allow data and operations to move seamlessly in the data center and between data centers, regardless of the underlying hardware assets," he said.
Yottabyte Enterprise 2.0 starts with the company's Yottabyte File System to virtualize the server, storage and networking resources into an infrastructure abstraction layer, Tursi said. Those resources can be provided to a business' users as a public, private or hybrid cloud on a subscription basis, he said.
"We show people that, without having to use expensive controllers and ASICs, they can provide a cloud using commodity equipment," he said.
Included in the software are such storage capabilities as thin provisioning, caching, scheduling, distributed file system (DFS), content delivery networking (CDN), deduplication, snapshots, replication, synchronization and search, he said.
Because Yottabyte Enterprise 2.0 is a software application, customers and their channel partners can use whatever hardware resources they need, Tursi said. For instance, they can order hardware optimized for either performance or scale.
"Applications really want to live in the software, not the hardware," he said. "The goal is to decouple the application from the physical hardware."