Learning about Cloud Storage from Nirvanix’s Geoff Tudor


On Friday I grabbed lunch with Geoff Tudor, SVP of business development and co-founder of Nirvanix .  After they cleared the plates I talked to Geoff about what Nirvanix does and where he saw cloud storage heading.

Some of the topics Geoff tackles:

  • Providing cloud storage for the enterprise from five data centers around the world that are pooled and presented as one large global file server.
  • The Nirvanix “secret sauce”: the file virtualization layer that sits on top of pooled/virtualized commodity storage.
  • How Nirvanix’s offering is different than Amazon’s S3 (hint: one’s targeted at enterprises and one’s targeted at developers)
  • Customers such as the NASA/ASU library which is the largest cloud storage use ever and stores images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera.
  • Security and how Nirvanix addresses customer’s concerns.
  • What Geoff sees in the future for cloud storage.

Pau for now…

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4 Responses to Learning about Cloud Storage from Nirvanix’s Geoff Tudor

  1. peter b says:

    the nirvanix asu/nasa deal is NO WHERE NEAR the largest cloud storage deployment yet. its not 100s of tb and not significant revenue.

  2. Geoff T says:

    @Peter – thanks for the feedback. The NASA/ASU image repository starts at about a quarter petabyte–which makes it the largest single cloud storage customer announced. You’re correct that it’s not the largest cloud deployment. That award would likely go to Symantec/Swapdrive, which stores over 40 petabytes of hard drive backup data for about 9 million active users–or about 4.5 gigabytes per customer.

    Here’s more info on the NASA use case including storage figures:
    http://searchdisasterrecovery.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid190_gci1350630,00.html#

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