IBM has developed new cloud storage software that provides a simple interface for clients to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds, while keeping it confidential and secure.
IBM's addresses concerns about data resiliency, security and service continuity via a technique which seamlessly stores and moves data across multiple clouds. The method employs a "cloud-of-clouds" approach that invokes the resilience of separate clouds to offer stronger protection against service outages and data loss than any single cloud can deliver.
"Our cloud-of-clouds invention can help clients avoid service outages and security incidents that impact the reliability and security of individual clouds," said IBM Fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou. "We are adding multiple levels of redundancy and reliability by making cloud migration and backup easier and faster than is currently possible."
IBM scientists have developed a software toolkit, which enables storage systems to access and use third-party private and/or public clouds for data migration, backup or file sharing.
The toolkit uses an "object storage" interface that permits clients to drag and drop files to be backed up or shared on the cloud(s) of their choice — independent of the vendor. ICStore explicitly addresses space efficiency, data synchronization, and metadata coordination when storing data redundantly on object storage. Once a cloud fails, the back-up cloud immediately responds and ensures data availability — transparently to the user. No synchronization or communication among cloud clients is needed due to the innovative approach that adds redundancy and tolerates failures.
IBM scientists have developed patent-pending algorithms which were published in a paper titled "Robust data sharing with key-value stores" at the IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN).
The technology was demonstrated in June at the IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas in conjunction with the IBM Storwize platform and is available for early trial testing.