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TwinStrata integrates storage gateway with OpenStack-based clouds

The gateway allows enterprises to use multiple cloud storage platforms at the same time

Enterprises can now use TwinStrata's CloudArray to access storage capacity hosted in OpenStack-based clouds, the company said on Tuesday.

CloudArray is a gateway used to add cloud storage and mix it with existing storage environments. OpenStack is the latest addition to a growing list of public and private cloud platforms the product can integrate with, including Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic, Nirvanix and EMC Atmos.

The integration with OpenStack includes the ability to use the private beta of Hewlett Packard's upcoming Cloud Services, according to TwinStrata.

OpenStack is open-source software for building private and public clouds. The project was founded by NASA and Rackspace Hosting, and is backed by over 140 companies including Cisco Systems, Citrix Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

In October, Internap launchedthe world’s first cloud service built using OpenStack.

An enterprise could connect directly to a cloud storage provider of their choice. But the addition of TwinStrata's CloudArray allows for migration between different providers to help avoid lock in, according to the company.

Another advantage is that the gateway presents the available storage using iSCSI, which means users don't have to learn cloud storage APIs, the company said. To improve availability, CloudArray can be configured to replicate data to two storage providers at the same time.

CloudArray is available as a virtual appliance or as a physical appliance. The latter is for enterprises who prefer dedicated purpose-built hardware, according to TwinStrata.

Possible uses include primary storage, backup and disaster recovery.

TwinStrata was founded in 2007, and CloudArray arrived in May last year. The company is based in Natick, Massachusetts.

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