Today, clients across all industries, including banks, retailers and government, are embracing Cloud computing to drive business innovation and growth, but underlying concerns about security, reliability and vendor lock-in have inhibited widespread Cloud adoption.
IBM's patent-pending invention overcomes concerns about data resiliency, security and service continuity via an innovative technique which seamlessly stores and moves data across multiple Clouds. The method employs a "Cloud-of-Clouds" approach that invokes the resilience of separate Clouds to offer stronger protection against service outages and data loss than any single Cloud can deliver.
"Our Cloud-of-Clouds invention can help clients avoid service outages and security incidents that impact the reliability and security of individual Clouds", stated IBM Fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou. "We are adding multiple levels of redundancy and reliability by making Cloud migration and back-up easier and faster than is currently possible."
IBM scientists have developed a software toolkit, which enables storage systems to access and use third-party private and/or public Clouds for data migration, back-up or file sharing.
The toolkit uses an "object storage" interface that permits clients to drag and drop files to be backed up or shared on the cloud(s) of their choice - independent of the vendor. ICStore explicitly addresses space efficiency, data synchronization, and metadata co-ordination when storing data redundantly on object storage. Once a cloud fails, the back-up Cloud immediately responds and ensures data availability - transparently to the user. No synchronization or communication among Cloud clients is needed due to the innovative approach that adds redundancy and tolerates failures.
SoftLayer, an IBM company, is the default storage provider and it provides the robust object-based interface. The combination of the toolkit and SoftLayer enables clients to overcome limits in their Cloud storage capacity by dynamically routing to an alternative storage system - such as easily migrating from a remote public-Cloud to on-premise private-Cloud-optimizing the overall efficiency of data storage management.
IBM scientists have developed patent-pending algorithms which were published in a paper titled "Robust data sharing with key-value stores" at the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN).
The technology was demonstrated in June at the IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas in conjunction with the IBM Storwize platform and is available for early trial testing.