Cloudian provides on-premises object storage on Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Jon Toor, Chief Marketing Officer at Cloudian

Cloudian announced that its HyperStore object storage is validated to work with Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. The combined solution gives Azure Stack HCI clients scalability and flexibility benefits of public cloud in a secure, cloud-native storage platform within their data centers.

As a result of the integration, it provides a strong foundation for hybrid use cases that demand data residency and low-latency data access in sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, telecommunications, and government. Cloudian’s announcement follows the recent integration of HyperStore with Microsoft SQL Server 2022.

What are the features of Cloudian’s Hyperstore?

Named a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for three consecutive years, Cloudian’s HyperStore features and benefits include:

  • Modular, limitless scalability: Start with three low-cost nodes and expand to exabytes without interruption simply by adding devices to the cluster.
  • Data residency: Store data locally, ensuring compliance with data governance regulations.
  • Low latency: Access data from Cloudian’s HDD-based storage for optimised performance.
  • Geo-distribution: Manage data globally across multiple sites within a single namespace. 
  • Data immutability for ransomware protection and compliance: Employ S3 Object Lock to prevent cybercriminals from encrypting data, enabling easy recovery of an unencrypted backup copy without paying ransom, and to meet governance and legal hold demands.
  • Robust security: Further protect data through secure shell, integrated firewall, RBAC/IAM access controls, AES-256 server-side encryption for data at rest and SSL for data in transit—all in a platform certified with U.S. Department of Defence, SEC Rule 17a-4(f), FINRA Rule 4511, and CFTC Rule 1.31(c)-(d) security requirements.
  • Fully native S3 compatibility: Integrate with S3 apps on-premises or in a public cloud.
  • Advanced metadata tagging: Accelerate data searches and more easily integrate with artificial intelligence and machine learning analytics applications.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the integration?

Commenting on the integration, James Wright, Regional Director A/NZ, ASEAN, and Oceania for Cloudian said, “The question we put to A/NZ organisations we speak to is: ‘what data could your business not survive without, and how quickly do you need that data restored?’.”

“On-premises is the obvious answer for that data profile from the perspective of visibility, ransomware protection, sovereignty, and control. And when we consider that solutions like Azure Stack and HyperStore also make the experience as simple and flexible as the public cloud, it’s a no-brainer and ideal for the great hybrid cloud transition firms are going through.”

“Our growing collaboration with Microsoft reflects Cloudian’s leadership in enabling enterprises and service providers to meet their evolving hybrid cloud needs. We designed HyperStore to give customers a cloud-native storage foundation that would support modern apps on-premises while integrating seamlessly with public clouds, thus helping them achieve greater business and operational success,” said Jon Toor, Chief Marketing Officer at Cloudian.

“Microsoft Azure Arc extends the Azure platform across hybrid, multi-cloud and edge environments,” said Vijay Kumar, director of product marketing, Azure, Microsoft. 

“Azure Stack HCI is our first-party Azure Arc-enabled infrastructure that enables customers to run services and applications in their own data centers. With solutions like Cloudian’s HyperStore, customers will now be able to benefit from one of the leading object storage platforms to support their data residency and latency requirements,” Kumar concluded.

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