​XenData Launches Hybrid Cloud Storage Appliance

XenData’s new CX-10 includes 10TB of on-premises RAID and manages unlimited Microsoft Azure cloud storage.

XenData has launched its CX-10 Appliance, which can manage a single hybrid file system across two storage tiers: 10 TB of on-premises RAID and unlimited Microsoft Azure blob storage. The $6,950 appliance allows existing file-based applications to use cloud storage without the need for modification.

The CX-10 has RAID retention policies that determine which files are written to the cloud, local RAID or both, allowing users to set policy rules for different file types and folders. The RAID retention policies keep frequently accessed files on local storage, which maximizes restore rates and minimizes both cloud access costs and Internet bandwidth usage. For example, current projects can be stored on local disk with a data protection copy on Azure. Once a project is completed, retention policies may be updated to replace the project files held on disk with sparse files (stubs), freeing up local disk storage while maintaining immediate access to the content from the cloud.

The appliance runs XenData Cloud File Gateway software on a Windows 10 OS. The hybrid file system is presented as a logical drive letter, which can be accessed locally or as one or more Windows network shares. Optimized for media files, it includes certified integration options for a wide range of media applications, including many media asset management systems, and supports partial file restore, which allows clip creation from large video files without downloading the full file.

“The CX-10 is a smarter way to implement cloud storage for media professionals. It combines high performance and continuous backup for files that are often accessed together with unlimited storage in the cloud for less frequently accessed content,” said Phil Storey, XenData CEO and co-founder. “It is perfect for organizations that need to manage large volumes of creative video files, image files or files from a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications.”

The 1U rack mount unit has two mirrored enterprise class 10 TB disks for the on-premises storage. These keep the system running even in the event of a disk drive failure. It also includes a solid-state boot volume and two USB 3.0 ports, which are ideal for direct connecting USB drives with content to be offloaded to the CX-10 hybrid storage. The base model has two 1 GbE network ports and options for additional 10 GbE ports are available. 

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