DC BLOX, a multi-tenant data center provider, has deployed SwiftStack software to power its own multi-region, hyper-scale cloud storage service for their customers’ business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) requirements.
DC BLOX builds and manages secured data center facilities in traditionally underserved markets for clients including enterprises, content providers, governments and educational institutes, managed service providers (MSPs), as well as organizations within healthcare and life sciences.
DC BLOX’s software-defined network services would enable access to a wealth of providers, partners and platforms to businesses across the Southeast. The company’s connected data centers are located in Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN; and Birmingham, AL.
To meet the growing demand for “affordable” secondary storage services and expand to more regions, DC BLOX required a new storage platform that could perform, scale seamlessly, leverage many geographic regions, give its end users the ability to specify where the data should be located, and support both traditional and cloud-native applications.
Evaluating Object and File Storage Options
After evaluating several leading object and file storage options, the company selected SwiftStack to provide a turnkey platform for its DC BLOX Cloud Storage. With SwiftStack, DC BLOX created a multi-region cluster that currently spans three locations, with one under construction – and 15 more to come.
DC BLOX had already invested a great deal in its existing storage hardware, and appreciated that SwiftStack could repurpose and utilize that existing infrastructure, which kept their costs contained. It began with eight petabytes of raw capacity and as they scale, they can add standard, off-the-shelf hardware and ensure costs are always optimized. It was able to integrate additional provisioning, user management, and security capabilities for its unique needs.
“SwiftStack helped us reduce the cost of storing and utilizing data, based on a comparison with other choices we considered, including the ability to manage more data with a smaller head count,” said Chris Gatch, CTO at DC BLOX. “Along with savings at scale we are able to offer innovative data services for a more compelling, more competitive solution.”
Another priority was to give customers confidence in the durability and availability of their data. SwiftStack‘s multi-region capability allows for data to be stored in and accessed from any data center, for highly flexible ways to use cloud and hybrid cloud workflows, while operators and end users have full control over where the data is placed. For example, one application’s data can be stored in Atlanta, while another application can have its data exclusively stored in Huntsville and Birmingham. This would help meet availability and data protection scenarios. With SwiftStack’s 1space, organizations with private SwiftStack clusters can use DC BLOX as an alternative to AWS and other large public clouds.
“DC BLOX offers a cloud solution that addresses the needs of the business communities they serve, and also has unique differentiators to let them compete with global public cloud providers,” said Erik Pounds, Vice President of Marketing at SwiftStack. “Giving its customers both object and file access to data ensures cloud storage is compatible with their users’ modern and legacy applications, which is a fairly unique feature compared to what is available from big cloud vendors.”