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ioFabric Unveils Automated Storage-as-a-Service Software

Vicinity Dashboard Just in advance of attending the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Toronto-based Storage-as-a-Service specialist ioFabric has announced Vicinity, a flash-optimized, storage software solution with advanced automation that delivers application-specific Quality of Service (QoS) levels.

Last month, ioFabric closed a fundraising round immediately after coming out of a long stealth mode period.

“The growth of storage capacity and performance needs will continue to outstrip storage budgets for the foreseeable future, putting IT administrators behind the 8-ball with regard to effectively and efficiently housing their business-critical data, while simultaneously making it readily available for their end users,” said Mark Peters, Practice Director & Senior Analyst at ESG. “Automated solutions such as ioFABRIC’s Vicinity are an excellent way for organizations to optimally leverage their existing storage investments by ensuring that only the most-important data is utilizing the most-expensive storage media while using commodity hardware for plain capacity purposes – all achieved without the traditional management headaches and costs of doing it manually.”

ioFabric’s solution is an example of SDS 2.0 (software-defined storage). Where SDS 1.0 was about virtualizing storage, SDS 2.0 is about offering IT professionals a degree of automation and control over how their storage works.

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Vicinity hides the complexity of how it uses storage infrastructure behind an easy to understand user interface that automatically places active data on high-performance media enabling fast access while pushing lower priority data onto higher capacity, less expensive media.

Optimization of media also extends storage life, making data access more efficient and making the most of unused capacity.

As the limits of on-site storage and network maintenance continues to take a toll on every company’s IT department, and the real costs of badly used infrastructure becomes apparent, cloud-based storage solutions like ioFabric’s Velocity will likely continue to make inroads into traditional data management practice.

“The industry’s move towards software-defined storage solutions is a crucial first step towards driving more value out of storage systems for less cost, but it is just that – a first step,” said ioFABRIC co-founder and CEO Steven Lamb. “Rather than manually provisioning storage on multiple point-solutions, Vicinity is a fully-automated storage fabric that allows users to define what they need from storage and let the software do the rest, gaining data center agility and ongoing cost savings.”

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