Tier 3 Delivers Object-Based Cloud Backup Data Storage
At the core of the service is a feature that copies cloud data on a per-file — or "object" — basis to a secondary data center. By backing up data at the object level, the company says, Tier 3 can provide a degree of redundancy that is both scalable and highly automatic, since no additional engineering work is required to back up or restore the objects in case of failure.
Meanwhile, beyond the relative novelty of the object-based approach to cloud storage, Tier 3's new service is notable for two other key reasons:
- Geo-location: The service backs up data to secondary servers located in the same country as those hosting the primary cloud. Although the whole point of cloud computing, in one sense, is to nullify the significance of the physical location of data, that issue can actually matter a whole lot when it comes to auditory compliance or legal constraints. Ensuring that information is automatically backed up in the same jurisdiction may therefore simplify operations for some enterprises.
- Open-source distributed storage: Tier 3 is delivering the service via the Riak CS distributed storage platform, one of a growing number of distributed storage systems for the cloud. Basho Technologies, which created Riak CS, open-sourced the code a few months ago, placing Riak CS in a tight niche that also includes platforms like Ceph and GlusterFS. The collaboration between Basho and Tier 3 in this area is thus notable for those tracking who is likely to win the storage wars as open-source cloud computing evolves.
The service, which supports both public and private clouds, is available starting now in Canada, where Tier 3 runs two data centers. The company will roll out the platform in the United States as well starting next quarter, with Europe to follow later.