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HP Partner, TwinStrata, Offers Their View on HP Cloud Services

TwinStrata is aggressively testing HP Cloud Services’ performance and functionality

The following article was contributed by Margot Rudell from the HP Scaling the Cloud Blog.

From time to time, we’ll post articles about how specific partners and customers use HP Cloud Services.  Today, I’d like to introduce TwinStrata’s CEO and co-founder Nicos Vekiarides and Engineering Manager Mark Aldred.

Nicos co-founded TwinStrata four years ago to bring cloud storage to market in a way that is easy for enterprise customers to use. Today, TwinStrata delivers connectivity to cloud storage with an easy to use web-based user interface and a pay as you go business model.

TwinStrata’s CloudArray 3.0 appliance provides access to cloud storage so that it performs seamlessly with customers’ existing IT infrastructure.  The appliance makes cloud storage an attractive option for those enterprise customers, who lack the time to use online storage on their own through APIs. Customers use CloudArray for backup and archiving, offsite storage capacity, and disaster recovery.

According to Nicos, TwinStrata chose to work with HP Cloud Services for three reasons.

First, HP Cloud Services is a good match for TwinStrata, as HP will deliver reliable cloud computing and cloud storage offerings that enterprise customers can trust.

Second, open source software is attractive to application developers and businesses of all sizes, and HP Cloud Services integrates key elements of OpenStack, the emerging standard for open source cloud infrastructure.

Thirdly, working with HP Cloud Services will broaden TwinStrata’s customer market. Through TwinStrata’s CloudArray appliance, traditional hardware and software enterprise customers will soon have access to a business grade cloud provided by HP Cloud Services for their storage needs.

Since HP Cloud Services is still in private beta, TwinStrata is aggressively testing HP Cloud Services’ performance and functionality. Nicos and Mark indicated that HP Cloud Services is performing well in TwinStrata’s tests. “While still in private beta, HP Cloud Services is already very reliable and comparable to other public clouds. We are already impressed,” said Mark Aldred, Engineering Manager, TwinStrata.  Nicos, Mark, and the TwinStrata team said they are happy with they’ve seen, including the high performance levels and the speed with which they were able to make progress. Benchmark tests of HP Cloud Services versus other cloud services have been positive.  Functional testing of HP Cloud Services has been quick and easy, and the RESTful APIs work exactly as expected. HP Cloud Services’ online forum community is already active and responsive. Mark told us that he was very impressed that he received a very accurate response to a question he posted in the HP Cloud Services forum in less than an hour.

Welcome, TwinStrata! We’re pleased to have you as part of the HP Cloud Services family.

A growing number of customers and partners have already joined the HP Cloud Services ecosystem. If you’re already an HP Cloud Services private beta customer or partner, come tell us your story, share and comment on this article. Feel free to tweet this article or share it through Facebook and LinkedIn. If you’re not yet signed up to participate in our private beta, come join us. Sign up now.

PS: Download a free trial of TwinStrata CloudArray cloud storage gateway for instant iSCSI access to HP cloud storage beta.

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Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.