Friday, May 29, 2015
I recently took the opportunity to try out one of the new solutions that EMC picked-up through the acquisition of TwinStrata rebranded as CloudArray. The point here isn’t to give you a deep dive into the product, but instead, show you how to download, install, deploy, and use it to provide a CIFS share using AWS S3 as the object store. SAY WHAT!?!?! File on object? Yep, that’s essentially what EMC CloudArray does; it gives you (through a virtual or physical appliance) Block (iSCSI) and File (CIFS, NFS, SMB) storage with up to 60TB of local/on-premise cache (see tech specs here) for performance of data that resides in the cloud vendor of your choice. CloudArray works with 20+ cloud providers like: vCloud Air, AWS, RackSpace, AT&T, Verizon, etc…the theme here is CHOICE.