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March 28, 2010

Cleversafe releases new version of storage software

Divides data into slices and then disperses them to multiple storage nodes

By CBR Staff Writer

Cleversafe, a provider of storage offerings, has released Cleversafe 2.0 software to address the cloud security challenges existing with legacy storage approaches.

The company said that the Dispersed Storage technology divides data into slices and then disperses them to multiple storage nodes across three or four data centres. Each individual slice is unrecognisable as data and therefore inherently secure. This approach replaces replication with a 30-60% storage expansion and has higher availability than four replicated copies.

According to Cleversafe, the key functionality enhancements within its new software align with the CIA principles of information security. The SecureSlice allows securing data in multi-tenancy environment, which virtualises data using keyless encryption and advanced secret sharing techniques, making slices unrecognisable.

The Cleversafe 2.0’s PerfectBits integrity guarantees bit-perfect data storage and delivery, while ensuring that the data cannot be modified without authorisation. It detects malicious threats, monitors and corrects data integrity through a background process on storage nodes.

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In addition, it includes features to enable upgrade, expansion, and migration, and guarantees availability for writing data by ranking Slicestor nodes. The SmartRead optimises content distribution, even under failure conditions of storage nodes, or an unbalanced network, the company said.

Chris Gladwin, CEO of Cleversafe, said: Cleversafe has committed its research and resources to ensure information resiliency by architecting it into the DNA of our storage platform, thereby decreasing costs and complexity for organisations deploying cloud storage.

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