Elastifile is reportedly shipping its Cloud File System for a time period of more than two years. However, on 11th December, the company announced that it has collaborated with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and are now fully integrated with GCP. The company by fully integrated means –

  1. The monitoring, deployment and the UI are completely GCP native.
  2. The service will be billed as a part of a single GCP bill.
  3. It will have a provision of a turnkey file storage capacity within a few minutes.
  4. There will be a provision to all access to internal GCP APIs such as monitoring and security.
  5. The pricing would be consumption based just like in clouds pay-as-you-go service.
  6. It includes any GCP region and zone.

Some prominent features of Elastifile

The data or anything that we store is some sort of files which means there are no-brainers for scale-out file storage. GCP is already equipped with Cloud Filestore which is their own system. Nevertheless, the Elastifile Cloud File Service is relatively flexible and is believed to be a lot cost-effective. Its features include –

  1. Capability to aggregate performance and capacity of many VMs.
  2. Elastically scale-out or -in; on-demand.
  3. Multiple service tires too with cost-effectiveness
  4. Multi-zone or region, cross-cloud support, and hybrid cloud.
  5. Package of enterprise features such as standard protocols and snapshots.

Other prominent features

The aforementioned features are quite common, but Elastifile has brought up ClearTier a prominent feature. The feature provides intelligent tiering between file and object storage.  Now, the points are what does that mean for the customers? The object stores cost at a relatively less. This is due to effective erasure codes as well as commodity hardware. This means the customers can store hot files on the chosen GCP tier with ClearTier’s user-defined policies.

For instance, for the requirement of frequent snapshots supported by Elastifile. Using the ClearTier the users can store the snapshots on object storage, access them as per the requirement and transfer them to the user’s application.

The company has already made available the access for the Elastifile Cloud File Service from December 11. The general availability, however, is scheduled for Q1 2019.

Although the cloud industry is in its early stage, it is amazing to see how three tough competitors- Microsoft Azure, GCP, and Amazon Web Services have taken up to invest in developing innovative services as well as capabilities.

Google took a step back when it first failed to live up with the expectation of bringing Google cloud storage product to market and left the market to Amazon. The company, however, has learned from its mistakes and is now working hard on the cloud storage products.

It is believed that the customers of cloud infrastructure, whether known or unknown, would largely be benefits as soon as the smart and well-invested engineering teams finish with the project to enhance their services. In the next 10 years, a lot of interesting stuff is likely to be seen in the cloud market.