Cleversafe: Bringing Web-scale Data Storage to the Enterprise

John Morris, President and CEO
Today, an enormous amount of data is being generated. Unlike the files of the past – relational databases, indexes, census registries and the like – 79 percent of today’s data is unstructured:large file formats such as images, videos and audio. This poses new scale, security and reliability challenges and exposes the weaknesses of legacy systems that weren’t designed to meet these challenges. Today, CIOs are turning to innovative object-based storage solutions that not only scale, but also lower the total cost of operation. Cleversafe, a pioneer and market leading object-based storage provider, is on a mission to solve these issues with its web-scale data storage solutions.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Cleversafe offers its Dispersed Storage® Network (dsNet) platform–a scalable, efficient data storage solution designed to store unstructured data at extreme scale and maximum efficiency and security. The company serves prominent clients across¬industries from cloud service providers to traditional financial services, insurance, media and entertainment, healthcare, life sciences, government and beyond. “We help our customers scale to hundreds of petabytes and more and simultaneously increase data security while dramatically reducing costs. Customers also appreciate that our innovative software-based approach to storage integrates seamlessly with other systems,” states John Morris, President and CEO, Cleversafe.

Cleversafe’s dsNet® platform delivers web-scale –with multiple customers already into triple-digit petabytes–continuous data availability, ease of operation and granular, built-in encryption and security. The solution has been proven to reduce the total cost of storage by 80 percent while enabling secure and reliable data operations. Most organizations are familiar with file systems that organize files into a directory hierarchy, which is inefficient because as the number of files grows, the management of that structure eventually becomes a bottleneck. To achieve better scalability, Cleversafe’s solution eliminates the hierarchy and replaces it with a flat namespace where every object is directly locatable using a unique object ID.

The company’s sturdy market presence was established through its highly effective team who works with some of the world’s largest organizations to tackle growing web-scale data issues. One example is Hightail; a leading cloud service provider that enables 98 of the Fortune 500 and 45 million professionals across 193 countries to share and control files remotely.
Hightail found its customer data was growing by more than a petabyte a month and data storage costs were becoming uncontrollable. Cleversafe enabled Hightail to increase its storage capability while dramatically reducing capital and operating costs. The solution’s ease of use allows the company to operate without a dedicated storage team, making Cleversafe four to five times less expensive than the company’s previous provider. “With our web-scale data storage platform underpinning their cloud services, Hightail now spends 50 percent less time on administrative storage tasks. That’s time their team can use to deliver additional value to their business,” says Morris. Numerous Cleversafe customers store more than 100 petabytes of data. This is possible due to the platform’s adaptability, flexibility, reliability and efficiency. “Our platform scales horizontally to massive levels with zero compromise in performance, availability or reliability. Our government-grade security is designed into our architecture, rather than being an add-on, so there is no compromise for customers on security, either,” states Morris.


We help our customers scale to hundreds of petabytes and more and simultaneously increase data security while dramatically reducing costs. Customers also appreciate that our innovative software-based approach to storage integrates seamlessly with other systems


Cleversafe is committed to the path of innovation to stay ahead in the market. “We’ve invested ten years and more than $100 million in storage innovation leadership. But it’s really been by ensuring the success of our customers – who are some of the largest and most demanding in the world – that we have become the market share leader,” he concludes.

Company
Cleversafe

Headquarters
Chicago, IL

Management
John Morris, President and CEO

Description
Cleversafe is the market share leader in web-scale storage, proven at the world’s largest data repositories, delivering security and availability at 80 percent lower cost