Are you building a public- or even an enterprise-scale private cloud? The key to your success will be low TCO, even at very high scale. And if you want low TCO, you need to forget about traditional storage solutions. They have a big environmental footprint; they require too many administrative staff, and they leave you with little ability to adapt rapidly to changing business conditions.

Move towards software-defined architectures

In 2014, Chris Gladwin, founder and vice chairman of Cleversafe, explained the situation this way in InformationWeek: “A decade from now, when you look at the capacity-optimized segment of enterprise storage—which is the big enterprise storage systems—we’re projecting that zero percent of the market will be systems that are a petabyte or less.”

In other words, by 2024 all large enterprises will need at least 1PB of storage. More than 60,000 enterprises will need that much in just the next five years.

And when we start talking about petabytes, it becomes necessary to move away from dedicated appliances for storage and networking and towards software-defined architectures that have a high degree of flexibility and automation.

Reliable software and scalable hardware

On the storage side, this means you need a common hardware platform that enables a wide variety of software-defined storage solutions optimized for different purposes, rather than a range of different storage appliances serving only a single purpose.

For instance, one major driver of increased storage demands is Tier 2 and Tier 3 capacity storage that is, in many cases, most economically and scalably stored in an object store.

Reducing the cost of storage cannot, however, come at the expense of reliability, availability, and ease of management. The object storage solution you choose should be proven in production at a capacity exceeding 100 PB to ensure you do not quickly outgrow your chosen solution. You also should look for a solution that has been in production for multiple years across a wide range of customers and environments.

An object storage solution that features the necessary scalability and reliability must be built on a foundation that includes a shared-nothing architecture, data protection via geographically dispersed erasure coding, and thorough integration with a scalable hardware platform.

In the era of software-defined storage, it is still critically important that your hardware platform and your object storage software have been put togther in a way that will maximize the value you receive. Thorough integration requires that your supplier test the hardware/software combination, and that they also advise you on the best hardware and software configuration to meet your specific requirements. The benfits of a well-integrated solution include faster deployment, lower deployment risk, reduced operational complexity, and better system performance.

Lower TCO by 60 to 80 percent

With the right software and the right hardware platform, it’s possible to reduce the total cost of ownership by 60–80 percent, compared to traditional storage area networks and network attached storage systems, and by 30–60 percent compared to public cloud providers—all without increasing your administrative staff. The environmental footprint of your storage system, in both space and power costs, can also be reduced by 50 percent, further lowering capex.

This is why Cleversafe and Ericsson have worked to certify Cleversafe software on the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 cloud system. To dive deeper into our common view of secure cloud storage for the hyperscale cloud, read more here:

Cleversafe, an IBM company, is the market share leader for object storage with a breakthrough software platform that solves petabyte-and-beyond storage challenges. Ericsson and Cleversafe have formed a partnership to drive innovation for digital industrialization. As part of this, Ericsson has adopted the Cleversafe object storage system as part of the Ericsson Secure Cloud Storage solution.


Daniel Catrein


Daniel works as a product manager for software-defined storage solutions in Ericsson’s Cloud stack. With more than 10 years of experience in the ICT industry, he originally worked on mobile network security before turning his focus in 2009 to cloud and the innovations enabled by it. He has extensive experience with Cloud, from hands-on development over system architecture to cloud adoption and product strategies. Daniel has a PhD in Communications Engineering and Diploma in Physics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Rob McCammon


Rob McCammon is the Vice President of product management for Cleversafe. With more than 20 years of product management experience Rob and his team combine input from Cleversafe customers with market analysis to define a product roadmap that keeps Cleversafe at the forefront of web scale storage systems. Rob has engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and University of Southern California as well as a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Cleversafe Rob lead product management teams for Wind River (a world leader in embedded software for intelligent connected systems), and Open Kernel Labs (an innovator in the development of smartphone virtualization and secure microkernel technologies).

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