Caringo is mating its technology with that of Coraid. The object is to pair its object storage system with Coraid arrays, accessible by AoE, said to be the simplest storage network in the world.
Caringo's CAStor software presents object storage facilities running on commodity X86 servers with their direct-attached storage virtualised into a scalable object storage repository. Dell OEM's CAStor is in its DX6000 object storage line, by the way, and this will compete with the Coraid Storage.
Coraid's EtherDrive storage arrays are accessed by the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol, said to be parallel and much simpler than iSCSI. A NAND-based EtherFlash product was added to the line-up earlier this week.
Caringo has added AoE support to CAStor. It means EtherDrive arrays can be used by CAStor as object storage vaults. The benefit put forward by Coraid CEO Kevin Brown is cheaper object storage: "Our Ethernet SAN technology offers a 5-10x price/performance advantage over legacy storage, while radically simplifying the deployment and management of these environments."
Mark Goros, Caringo's CEO, sang off the same hymn sheet, with a slight variation: "Combining the two technologies to offer a unified solution, while retaining the inherent benefits of each, means that businesses now have the flexibility to choose the best storage method with almost no impact to operational resources."
Note the "almost no impact": worth finding out what that means in your own situation if you are thinking the price/performance looks compelling.
The Caringo/Coraid CAStor/EtherDrive product pairing is available right now. ®