Vocus Powers Its Object Cloud Storage Solution with SoftIron HyperDrive

Telecommunications firm Vocus New Zealand, a company over 4,600km of fiber in the ground enabling the delivery of network solutions throughout the country, has deployed SoftIron HyperDrive for their new DataHub storage infrastructure. DataHub is an object cloud storage solution that helps businesses and government agencies improve their network infrastructure.

Powered by SoftIron’s HyperDrive family of technologies, the DataHub infrastructure will be housed at the Vocus Albany data center in Auckland. Vocus New Zealand has direct connections to over 120 data centers, including 22 of its own, and has direct peering relationships with over 500 content suppliers.

Vocus is a provider of high-performance network and cloud solutions. Their reach is global, spanning both the Southern Cross and Hawaiki cable networks, and they have an on-net presence in Australia, where they provide carrier-grade services across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, and the Western United States.

“In a world where industry is creating more data than ever through mobile, edge applications, sensors, and AI, the challenge of future-proofing storage infrastructure to meet customer needs is increasingly impractical using inflexible, proprietary storage solutions,” said Stephen Kurzeja, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Vocus New Zealand. “We chose SoftIron to provide our open-source storage infrastructure because their hardware is purpose built to optimize Ceph. And, we chose Ceph because it is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, distributed storage platforms available. SoftIron’s proven Ceph-optimized technology provides Vocus with substantial advantages in the metrics that matter the most in data storage; density, efficiency, capacity, speed, and heat emission. Together, we provide a completely safe “pair of hands” for our end users. Coupled with Ceph’s proven flexibility as a unified storage platform that offers object, file, and block storage – along with infinite scalability – it was an obvious choice for us.”

Open Source, Ceph

“Ceph has effectively become the ‘Linux-of-storage’. Many organizations are increasingly recognizing Ceph’s maturity and its ability to deliver enterprise-grade storage features, without the usual vendor lock-ins, license costs and inflexibility associated with traditional proprietary solutions. We’ve built the ultimate productization of Ceph in our unique, task-specific HyperDrive storage appliances” said Phil Straw, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SoftIron. “Our combination of ‘task-specific’ and ‘secure provenance’ manufacturing methods mean that customers can expect optimized performance on every front through engineering that maximizes Ceph, while reducing total cost of ownership. What’s more, SoftIron hardware is manufactured in our own facilities, is fully auditable at the source code level, and can be verified free of the hidden “extras” that are so often at the root of common supply chain attacks. SoftIron has re-engineered the IT manufacturing process to deliver value for the next generation of scale-out IT infrastructure challenges, in a world where Sovereign Resilience is becoming increasingly important.”

The SoftIron HyperDrive family storage appliances span from high-value to high performance. SoftIron offers both traditional purchasing (CAPEX) and as-a-Service (OPEX) options.

Mr. Kurzeja says that Vocus is embracing open source Ceph, using SoftIron’s HyperDrive, to bring unique customer benefits that include secure provenance with data sovereignty, and ransomware protection through immutability. “Open source solutions return control to providers like Vocus, and allow for the creation and delivery of storage solutions which accurately match individual customer requirements,” said Mr. Kurzeja. “DataHub is ideal for those organizations with vast quantities of data and elevated privacy and security priorities, including enterprises, government, and other organizations where security and data fidelity are a priority.”

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