Hedvig CEO and Cassandra database inventor Avinash Lakshman has set a lofty goal for his software-defined storage startup. The data storage company wants to provide storage ranging from server virtualization to cloud-based commodity storage to virtualized big data database workloads. Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform aims to turn commodity servers into petabyte-scale deployments of block, file and object storage. Hedvig replicates data between data centers and the cloud and has the ability to automatically recreate a failed node on a separate node within a cluster. The vendor supports iSCSI and OpenStack Cinder block access, Network File System storage and REST-based object access via OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3 cloud compatibility. Built-in data protection and data management includes asynchronous replication, auto tiering, inline compression and deduplication, server-side caching, snapshots, thin provisioning and wide data striping.
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