The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Smoke Free Office
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Jamerson
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud: Magical

CloudSigma Introduces Innovation in Cloud Computing with Solid State Devices (SSDs)

CloudSigma Introduces Innovation in Cloud Computing with Solid State Devices (SSDs)

Now, Switzerland can add innovation in cloud computing to its list of achievements that include banks, chocolates, cheese and fine watches. The country’s leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider CloudSigma (www.cloudsigma.com) recently set the cloud computing world buzzing by announcing the addition of solid state drive (SSD) storage to its public cloud portfolio. SSD, or flash memory as it is better known, has significantly faster access capabilities and reduced energy consumption as compared to the traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) that sit inside servers powering cloud computing.

It’s only a few weeks ago that I had mentioned SSDs in passing (See: Thailand Floods May Cause Problems for Cloud Computing). While SSDs are a niche product even in laptops, CloudSigma’s move opens up whole new possibilities in cloud computing.

The use of SSDs can address one of the concerns that experts predict will occur with the growth of cloud computing – input-output (I/O) bottlenecks. As things stand today, CPUs in servers that process data run much faster than HDDs that store data. Consequently, in times of high traffic, CPUs have to wait until the I/O transactions have completed, thereby holding up data access, resources and performance. Some theorize that this may become a serious problem and even end up discouraging cloud migrations.

However, with CloudSigma’s new offering, businesses will be able to create a tiered storage system by staging critical application data and files on SSD which allow faster read-write of data. Additionally, since SSD storage doesn’t have physical moving parts like HDDs, it can handle the more random nature of I/O loads in public cloud environments, while sustaining a higher level of performance and without slowing down. The result is a high-speed, low-latency, stable storage configuration.

Many companies try to tackle storage problems in the cloud by adding more servers with magnetic storage; however, this only creates a disparity in computing resources with under-utilized servers, over-provisioned storage drives, excessive costs and storage sprawl,” said Patrick Baillie, CEO of CloudSigma.

With our new SSD storage product, companies can, for the first time, easily handle the random nature of I/O loads in public clouds while minimizing necessary servers and realizing significant cost savings. Because the storage performance of hard drives has not kept pace with server performance or networking bandwidths, incorporating an SSD storage solution was a necessity, and will significantly expand the breadth of computing tasks that our public cloud can handle effectively,” he added.

This is not the first time CloudSigma has shaken up the cloud computing space. Earlier in January, CloudTweaks had recognized the company as one to watch out for, with a platform that could potentially challenge the likes of Amazon and Rackspace (See: Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: CloudSigma). With this SSD announcement, it seems to be living up to that promise.

By Sourya Biswas

sourya

Sourya Biswas is a former risk analyst who has worked with several financial organizations of international repute, besides being a freelance journalist with several articles published online. After 6 years of work, he has decided to pursue further studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he has completed his MBA. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology. He is also a member of high-IQ organizations Mensa and Triple Nine Society and has been a prolific writer to CloudTweaks over the years... http://www.cloudtweaks.com/author/sourya/

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Popular

The Cloud In 2015: Eight Trends To Look For

The Cloud In 2015: Eight Trends To Look For

The Cloud In 2015 For organizations of all sizes, in 2014 the cloud emerged as a critical part of the default consideration set when implementing any new application – in large part due to the cloud’s proven ability to handle data storage and processing demands in an elastic manner, improved verifiable standards around data security and…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services For Your Company

12 Promising Business Intelligence (BI) Services Business Intelligence (BI) services have recently seen an explosion of innovation and choices for business owners and entrepreneurs. So many choices, in fact, that many companies aren’t sure which business intelligence company to use. To help offer you a solution, we’ve compiled a list of 12 Business Intelligence companies…

The History Of Back-Ups

The History Of Back-Ups

The History of Back-Ups There’s no doubt about it – we are spoilt. With external hard-drives, CDs, USB memory sticks, SD cards, online storage and multiple devices with vast memories we can save, access and back up our data more easily and more efficiently than ever before. (Image Source: Maxim Yurin, SoftLogica)  It’s not always been…

Recent

The Importance Of Cloud Security For Wearable Technology

The Importance Of Cloud Security For Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology Starts With Cloud Security The integration of wearable technology into our society is all but inevitable. Today, major players in the wearable tech field include Google, Fitbit, Boston Scientific and Apple. As users continue to demand ever increasing availability and functionality from their devices, so do security concerns for wearable tech. The future…

Customer Success Guidelines – In A World Gone Cloud

Customer Success Guidelines – In A World Gone Cloud

Customer Success Guidelines for Maximum Upselling and Cross-Selling in a World Gone Cloud With the growth of the subscription economy, companies can no longer assume that a sale means that the deal is closed. Companies need to prove their worth every minute of every hour, every hour of every day and so on. A big…

Why You Should Be Concerned About Drone Security

Why You Should Be Concerned About Drone Security

Why You Should Be Concerned About Drone Security Over the past decade, drones, also known as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), have become a fact of life. Beginning as underpublicized but extremely effective items in the U.S. military’s arsenal, drones have since come into wide use by government agencies for everything from geographic surveys to law…

Contact Us

Sending
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising