Lenovo teams with Cloudian for object storage appliance

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Lenovo teams with Cloudian for object storage appliance

Software-defined storage vendor Cloudian is partnering with server vendor Lenovo to bring an object storage appliance compatible with Amazon’s S3 public cloud to the channel.

Cloudian and Lenovo on Monday US-time unveiled an appliance combining Cloudian's HyperStore software with a Lenovo Storage DX8200C system, touting it as a simple way to bring object storage with unlimited scalability and multitenancy to the Amazon S3 cloud.

The solution ships preconfigured, making it a rack-ready solution targeting big data applications, said Paul Turner, Cloudian chief marketing officer.

"This is a best-of-breed solution for a market moving towards more compute-based storage," Turner told CRN USA. "It features native object storage capabilities, and is Amazon S3-compliant."

Stuart McRae, director of product planning and marketing for the Lenovo storage business unit, told CRN USA that his company is still a relatively small storage provider, and that building appliances in partnership with companies like Cloudian gives it flexibility in how it will approach the storage market.

"The growth of data is huge," McRae said. "Traditional legacy storage solutions can't scale to meet the growth. We have relationships with a wide range of industry partners, and are looking at how to leverage those partnerships to solve customer solutions."

Customers may not yet be ready to fully embrace public clouds, but they are ready to take advantage of cloud-like flexibility, McRae said. "So we looked for the right partner," he said. "Cloudian is such a partner with object storage and scale-out capabilities. Software-defined storage can be complex. We work with Cloudian to give one avenue for support and a complete solution."

Lenovo is no stranger to combining its x86-based server hardware with software from strategic storage partners. The company earlier this year signed a partnership to build hyper-converged infrastructure appliances with Nutanix.

Lenovo will handle Level 1 and Level 2 support for customers and partners of the Lenovo-Cloudian object storage solution, and will escalate support to Cloudian if needed, McRae said.

The solution includes the full range of Cloudian capabilities, including erasure coding, replication, encryption and multitenant support, Turner said.

McRae admitted that a lot of Lenovo partners do not yet have the skills needed to tackle the object storage market. "We have a dedicated team of sellers to help our partner community, and we're helping them work with Cloudian sales reps," he said. "Our model is to identify opportunities and pull in our storage specialists."

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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