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April 6, 2009

Zetta to launch enterprise storage-as-a-service

Enterprise Cloud Storage readied for action

By CBR Staff Writer

Start up Zetta Inc has said it is getting ready to supply enterprises with reliable cloud-base data storage services, as an option over using expensive on-site network attached resources or slower less accessible tape.

Zetta Enterprise Cloud Storage is being marketed as a housing for primary data in the cloud, and is aimed at medium-sized and large enterprise customers with approximately 10TB of online storage capacity.

It is being priced at $0.25/GB and will generally available to all customers after the current, second phase of staged customer testing.

The company explained that Enterprise Cloud Storage is intended as a store for all unstructured data types such as active file archives, home directories, data migrations, media storage for online distribution, and data warehouse extensions.

Zetta said its service includes a cloud file system that delivers all the necessary enterprise features such as RAID, PKI-based security, standard CIFS and NFS interfaces, snapshots and replication.

The company said it is not simply hosting third-party technologies but has engineered its access, controller and storage Service Manager Platform from the ground up to be suited for cloud computing. 

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Zetta claims its founders all have a deep background in operating storage infrastructures, and an even deeper background in leveraging distributed computing principles to solve business problems in new ways.

They developed the Zetta business plan after they experienced the day-to-day difficulties associated with management of large-scale commercial storage deployments.

Zetta is led by Jeff Treuhaft who has come in as CEO from VeriSign where he was GM of the global digital content and messaging business unit.

Founded in 2007, it is venture backed by Sigma Partners and Foundation Capital as well as some angel investors.

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