SwiftStack, vendor of data management software for enterprise workflows founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco, has announced “major” enhancements to its platform, offering new capabilities for multi-cloud use cases and “simplifying” workflows spanning both private data centers and public clouds, such as AWS Cloud and Google Cloud Platform.

The technology at the core of SwiftStack‘s new multi-cloud capabilities has been contributed to the company’s new open-source 1space project. The charter of 1space is to connect data namespaces across multiple private and public clouds. It enables multi-cloud data placement and access capabilities in SwiftStack and supports both the S3 and Swift APIs. 1space is SwiftStack’s third major contribution to the open-source community and is also available now on GitHub.

SwiftStack software adds new data migration capabilities, new ways to apply policies so data is stored in the appropriate location, and enhanced search options for end users who need access to data. Because SwiftStack provides universal access to both file protocols and object APIs to a single storage namespace, it would increasingly be used for distributed workflows across multiple geographic regions and multiple clouds.

Now, SwiftStack enables live migration of applications and data between private or public clouds. The single multi-cloud namespace would allow the migration to be transparent to the application while utilizing all bandwidth across the cluster to move data quickly.

“Organizations are actively looking for ways to use all the capabilities of public clouds, especially for data created on-premises,” said Don Jaworski, CEO of SwiftStack. “These product and technology innovations help workflows span both private and public infrastructure, where data is automatically placed via policy where applications can best utilize it. Getting your data on cloud-native infrastructure is a key first step in realizing multi-cloud.”

Controlling Policies

SwiftStack has enhanced its policy engine that manages data across its entire lifecycle in multi-cloud deployments. By controlling policies, administrators would ensure their data is automatically placed in the optimal location for compute, analytics, access to external clients or third parties, or for low-cost archive. As the value of data changes, its location can change, while remaining within the single namespace.

“When data is managed using open-source technologies and accessed using open instead of proprietary protocols, organizations maintain ultimate control over their data,” said Joe Arnold, founder and chief product officer of SwiftStack. “At our core, SwiftStack is a member of a broader collaborative community, and we are proud to bring two new technology stacks to our colleagues.”

SwiftStack’s customers include eBay, Pac-12 Networks, Verizon, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The company received B-series funding from OpenView Partners, Storm Ventures, UMC Capital, and Mayfield Fund.