Mountain View, CALIF. — TurboLinux founders Cliff and Iris Miller, along with industry renown file system and data storage authority Dr. Peter Braam, announced the launch of a new, global storage service company – Mountain View Data. Leveraging advanced open source distributed file systems and commodity hardware, Mountain View Data will provide ISPs, ASPs, and enterprise data centers with reliable, scalable, high-performance and cost-effective offsite data storage and management solutions.
“Right now there are two major trends that impact our industry: one is the tendency for companies to outsource their IT and the other is the wolf-like appetite that everyone is showing for storage,” said Cliff Miller, president and CEO of Mountain View Data. “We will provide highly reliable and scalable storage solutions at a fraction of the cost of traditional mainframe- based storage. And our leadership in storage technology will allow us to stay ahead of the pack.”
Mountain View Data is developing advanced storage services based upon InterMezzo technology. Under development since 1998 by Dr. Peter Braam, Mountain View Data co-founder CTO and EVP of Engineering, InterMezzo is an open source file system capable of tracking file system changes, and reintegrating these to other systems for mirroring, backup and synchronization. With this, Mountain View Data can offer highly robust solutions to manage high-availability file replication, server mirroring, and dissemination of streaming content.
The company will also offer advanced snapshot and versioning file solutions through the deployment of SnapFS, which makes it ideally suited for data centers and companies in vertical markets, such as financial enterprises, where retention of multiple versions of files and folders is critical.
Lastly, Mountain View Data is deploying LinuxDisk technology, whereby data centers can leverage a Linux-based, commodity hardware SAN solution. This gives data centers an alternative to mainframe storage capabilities, management and security features, scalability and redundancy at PC hardware prices.
According to a recent survey of IT executives, more than half of businesses estimate that their storage capacity is growing between 25-to-50 percent annually. At the high-end, five percent of businesses put annual storage growth above 101 percent. In addition to the growth, Forrester Research reports that data storage is expected to account for 17 percent of all corporate IT expenditures by 2003.
In connection with storage, data synchronization via the Internet is a virgin market and should grow quickly as companies globalize and realize the need to keep data current at multiple sites around the world. “Mountain View Data holds three key advantages in the storage services arena: technology leadership, market savvy and price competitiveness,” concludes Cliff Miller. “Mountain View Data leads the industry with advanced InterMezzo-based solutions, will be the first to offer total storage services to all major Pacific Rim markets, and finally, by leveraging storage services based upon commodity hardware, Mountain View Data will be able to offer advanced solutions at attractive prices.”
Applying the reliability, scalability, performance and cost-effectiveness of open source technologies, advanced file system architecture designs and commodity hardware storage, Mountain View Data brings next-generation storage solutions to ISPs, ASPs and enterprise data centers around the world. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Mountain View Data is opening offices in Japan, China and the U.S. For more information, visit: http://www.mountainviewdata.com .