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Igneous Systems strengthens public cloud integrations

New public cloud enhancements give Igneous customers granular control of their data, letting them move individual data sets to any storage tier in public clouds.

Igneous Systems tiered up its public cloud integration.

The vendor broadened its support in public clouds this month with API integration to the Amazon Web Services S3 Infrequent Access tier and Google Coldline storage.

That extended the data management startup's support to hot, cold and archive tiers in AWS and the Google Cloud Platform. Igneous Systems also supports storage across all of Microsoft Azure's tiers.

This allows customers to move data sets within the three tiers of each of the public clouds through Igneous Systems' platform without having to go through that cloud provider's interface. That provides more control over where data sets live in a tiered storage setup.

Igneous Systems has a single interface for delivering its three as-a-service products: DataProtect, DataFlow and DataDiscover. The new public cloud capabilities provide Igneous customers an easier time managing their data.

"Once the account is set up, the management of that service is done programmatically via the Igneous solution, so you don't have to spend time managing the cloud service provider's storage tier based off of what you need for archive or backup," said Allison Armstrong, vice president of marketing at Igneous Systems, based in Seattle.

Altius' research depends on collaboration through the cloud

Igneous built a toolkit for moving data around. They built a generalized platform for data distribution.
Michael CockrillCTO at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences

Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences uses Igneous and public clouds to distribute data to make collaboration easier for geographically dispersed workers.

"One of the features I'm looking forward to is the ability to selectively pick particular bits of data and push them out into any other S3 interface, regardless where it is," said Michael Cockrill, CTO at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

Seattle-based Altius is involved in genomics research, turning tissue into data, and it generates about 50 TB of data per week. It currently houses 2.2 PB of live data at its data center, 850 TB of warm data on Igneous Systems' servers and overflow in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.

Cockrill said collaboration with people and pharmaceutical companies around the world was important to the work of a research lab.

"Igneous built a toolkit for moving data around," Cockrill said. "They built a generalized platform for data distribution."

When shopping for backup-as-a-service providers, Cockrill found that no other vendors could provide this "data distribution hub" as easily and affordably as Igneous Systems. The flexibility of backup- and disaster-recovery-as-a-service and Igneous' maturity in managing unstructured data ultimately led Cockrill to a purchase.

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