EMC recently announced the Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, which the company says decreases the amount of time it takes enterprises and third-party service providers to build cloud storage, or storage-as-a-service, platforms. The software-only solution works only with EMC’s Atmos software and hardware.
EMC officials claim that the “cloud enablement platform” enables companies to deploy cloud storage services in a matter of days, as opposed to the months that would typically be required.
on Martin, director of product management and marketing in the Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC, cites two examples of early adopters that were able to build and deploy cloud storage services offerings in less than 60 days.
Martin says that the Cloud Delivery Platform differs from competing platforms in that it provides self-service functionality so that users and service providers’ customers can create and monitor Atmos accounts without any intervention by IT personnel or the services providers. The self-service functionality also enables user identity provisioning, as well as chargeback (for private clouds) and billing integration (for private or public clouds).
A metering module in the Cloud Delivery Platform measures bandwidth and storage capacity consumption at a granular (user) level.
EMC also introduced a portal with the Cloud Delivery Platform.
As part of the announcement, EMC also added new multi-tenancy enhancements to the Atmos Cloud Storage Infrastructure, including network-level separation.
“Previously, Atmos customers could separate departments, applications and customers from a data access and management perspective,” says Martin. “Now they can logically segregate tenants’ network access.” According to Martin, the advantages are increased security and operational efficiencies.
EMC claims to have shipped more than 40PB under the Atmos program. Of its existing customers, 53% are service providers, 21% are in the media market, 10% in government and 8% in healthcare.
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