Seagate Helps Indian Firms Reduce Data Center Costs

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 12, 2015

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As companies have to harness the huge volume and velocity of data everyday, they have no option, but to expand their storage capability. While this may involve a lot of investments on the hardware front,  Seagate Technology is redefining its cloud storage infrastructure with its internally developed Seagate Kinetic Open Storage (KOS) platform. Introduced globally in November 2014, now the $13.4-billion storage major has forayed into the Indian market with KOS solution, creating a strong ecosystem that effectively ensures that enterprises can derive drastic cost benefits by reducing the amount of hardware being consumed.

The US-based company said in a press release that its KOS platform simplifies data management, improves performance and scalability while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) of average Cloud infrastructures by up to 50%.

“Over the past decade, the unprecedented explosion of data has been driven by social media, smartphones, tablets, and the rapid growth of every sort of Internet-connected device,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Cloud service providers (CSPs) are increasingly looking for solutions that will simplify infrastructure, improve scalability and reduce costs— Kinetic HDD addresses these needs revolutionizing the data storage economics for today’s cloud and beyond.”

The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems to integrate a new key/value API – which will be open sourced - and Ethernet connected with Seagate hard drive technology. Designed for rapid implementation and deployment in any cloud storage software stack, this technology can be deployed across a portfolio of storage devices enabling system builders and software developers to design new solutions that will deliver against a full array of cloud data center use cases.

The Kinetic platform allows servers and storage to be scaled independently. Cloud data centers can add servers and storage at entirely different rates, matching each precisely to their needs, Seagate officials said claiming that by eliminating the storage server middleman, storage application performance can increase up to four times and total cost of ownership can be cut in half by eliminating servers and staff admin time.

“The drives are aimed at large telecoms, cloud storage service providers and government agencies,” according to Rajesh Khurana, Country Manager, South Asia(India/Saarc and Asean), Segate Technology.

Several drive chassis manufacturers, such as SuperMicro, have already built systems to house the serverless drives, and Dell is in the engineering stages of bringing a “Kinetic” chassis — able to hold 60 drives each — to market.