CTERA aims for converged infrastructure customers with updated cloud storage portfolio

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CTERA Networks has introduced a number of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio to improve flexibility, efficiency and storage capacity for remote office IT environments.

The new line-up can be deployed from KVM or VMware servers, which is suited for organisations investing in virtualised or converged infrastructure IT. It also includes a virtual application configuration for enterprises to use current their remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware, while also getting the full benefits and functionality of their CTERA cloud storage gateway.

Additionally, CTERA has re-engineered its gateway file management system, with the primary file system executed and maintained within the cloud. It selectively syncs files to branch or remote offices according to the policies defined by the user or IT administrator. The appliances work as extra storage tiers in a cloud-based file synchronisation and management system. CTERA Sync Gateways can now support up to 64 TB of local volume size, which is a fourfold rise from older models.

CTERA's virtual and physical cloud storage gateways can function as comprehensive storage applications to replace legacy tape backup, file/NAS servers and proprietary systems with a single cloud-integrated system. The gateway is part of the Enterprise File Services Platform from CTERA, enabling organisations to protect and manage data cross applications and offices from their own virtual or private cloud.

The company's new cloud storage portfolio aims to lower total cost of ownership with its virtual form factor, implement high-availability office file services for remote environments, and expand virtual storage volume. The portfolio also enables on-demand file and data protection service deployments using a virtual appliance, and provides a path for converged IT.

Previous research from the company, released in July last year, found that three quarters of organisations were looking at an alternative for their public file, sync and share services. Speaking to CloudTech at the time, VP strategic marketing Rani Osnat explained how both public SaaS services and enterprise-grade storage can harmonise together. "The market is growing so much there is room for both of these things," he said. "Companies like Box will continue to grow while private deployments also grow in parallel; these things will live side by side."

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