Home-grown Cloud storage service launched

Open source API support for better Cloud integration

Sydney-based Cloud computing provider Ninefold has launched a storage service it claims is the first local equivalent of Amazon Web Services’ S3 offering and announced its inclusion into the jclouds multi-cloud library.

Ninefold Cloud Storage was launched in March as a public beta, but now the company is confident enough to open the service to the broader market.

The infrastructure is hosted locally and is based on the EMC Atmos platform. Pricing begins at $0.092 per gigabyte per month.

Sydney-based SaaS accounting business, Saasu has moved some of its local storage to Ninefold’s Cloud. The company’s CTO Paul Glavich said Ninefold storage augments the main hosting provider and forms part of the data replication cycle.

“Saasu has multiple geographic locations around the world where data is replicated for security and redundancy purposes,” Glavich said. “Using Ninefold Cloud Storage, we have been able to set up a local server, quickly and cheaply, with which we could also replicate data. This ensures Australian financial data is kept local.”

Another early adopter is O2 Networks, which is using the service to deliver a Cloud replacement to tape backup in conjunction with Riverbed’s Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway.

Ninefold managing director said Peter James said Cloud Storage can be used as a primary or backup solution and should result in lower latency and fewer data residency issues while “remaining highly competitive with the major global providers”.

Ninefold Cloud Storage has also been included in the jclouds API, which is designed to simplify the management if multiple Cloud services from the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace.

Jclouds is an open source library that allows the reuse of Java and Clojure development skills. The API allows the use of portable abstractions or Cloud-specific features.

Adrian Cole, one of the jclouds founders, said version 1.0.0 fully supports Ninefold Cloud Storage, allowing developers to integrate data with other storage resources like file systems or alternate Cloud providers like Amazon S3.

“Through jclouds’ Ninefold support, those developing portable Cloud compute and storage architectures now have Java and Clojure access to resources locally in Australia,” Cole said.

Representatives from Jclouds and Ninefold will be at the DevOps Down Under conference in Melbourne next month.

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