Caringo debuts Swarm 8 for actionable insights through organization, search at massive scale



Caringo announced Tuesday its Swarm 8 offering that gives users a storage platform that integrates data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Users no longer need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis.

Offered as a complete software appliance, Swarm consolidates all files, finds data quickly, and decreases total cost of ownership by continuously evolving hardware and optimizing use of resources.

The Swarm object storage solution includes adaptive power conservation technology, compliance features like WORM and Legal Hold, and the ability to seamlessly shift between protection methods—all automatically enforced by policies.

With Swarm 8, Caringo offers dynamic insight and organization at massive scale to gain insight and view relationships between objects through ad hoc search and query of object attributes or custom metadata. Results can be viewed via the new Swarm Portal or Caringo’s comprehensive API, or exported to JSON or XML.

All searches are dynamic and can be saved as Collections for reuse.Rapid file use case development. Object versioning and object renaming dramatically reduce the development effort of integration with file system-based applications and interfaces. Swarm 8 comes standard with functionality enabled that includes unique Swarm features like Darkive adaptive power conservation, all compliance features, HDFS, all multi-tenancy features (for public/private/hybrid cloud), NoSQL-like search and more.

Flexible deployment to meet any operational business requirements. Swarm 8 is available as software that can run in own data center(s), as a service in any of the Microsoft Azure globally distributed data centers or as a fully managed service within BT or Telefonica’s globally distributed data centers.

Additionally, Swarm offers integration into enterprise applications like Veritas Enterprise Vault, Commvault Simpana and compute and orchestration platforms like OpenStack, Spark and Hadoop. Search results can be seamlessly accessed via Kibana for visual analysis and discovery.

Currently available, Swarm 8 installs on any mix of standard hardware, runs in RAM, and unlike file system based storage, maximizes disk efficiency with 95 percent of drive capacity for content. Swarm 8 radically simplifies an organization’s ability to apply the value of data in an actionable way, providing insight at scale.

One of Caringo’s latest customers, iQMedia, who specializes in media analytics across television, online, social, and first-party data sources, is already reaping the benefits of Swarm 8.

“The way Swarm 8 automatically moves files from filers and the ability to consolidate, access and dynamically organize files at massive scale optimizes our storage operations and frees up resources to focus on continuing to deliver value to our customers instead of managing the storage infrastructure,” said Lakshmi Venkataswamy, founder and CTO of iQMedia.

Last month, Caringo announced availability of its Swarm object storage software on Microsoft Azure, enabling rapid deployment of highly reliable, scalable and compliant storage to developers and enterprises in any of the worldwide network of managed data centers that Azure offers. Now, applications using Amazon S3 can seamlessly move to Azure using Caringo Swarm.

When combined with Azure, Swarm provides an instant global infrastructure designed for the Cloud Age and beyond by integrating with Windows or NetApp file servers and using policy-based movement to provide an infinite tier of storage. Once on Swarm, files can be combined and protected in a searchable pool for continued use and complex analysis.

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