March 20, 2018

Toshiba launches ‘KumoScale’ for cloud infrastructure

The launch seeks to provide cloud-based data center customers with flash storage capabilities without affecting its performance.

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Toshiba’s American SBU, Toshiba Memory America, (TMA) has launched KumoScale, an NVM over fabric (non-volatile memory) accelerated storage software for cloud-based data centers. With this launch, TMA aims to enable cloud-based data centers with flash storing capabilities.

According to TMA, KumoScale is designed in such a way that it will comply with all kinds of cloud data centers. They further added that this product will be able to provide scale, performance and carry intense workloads without interfering with the performance of these data centers.

Speaking about the launch, Steve Fingerhut, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SSD and Cloud Software business units for TMA, commented:

The cloud was built on Direct Attached Storage (DAS) SSDs due to their low cost and ease of deployment. With the availability of KumoScale software, these cloud data centers can scale and provision server and flash storage independently to accommodate unexpected and peak workloads. This increases data center efficiency and gives the agility needed to respond to new revenue opportunities.

TMA also say that KumoScale will also support container and orchestration frameworks. They also added that this flexible nature of the product will open avenues for large-scale customers like Lenovo.

Explaining this, Chris Verne, Executive Director, Data Center Group for Lenovo, said:

Toshiba is an important strategic partner for Lenovo’s servers and storage offerings. We’ve recently collaborated on the KumoScale software solution, demonstrating its ability to work on Lenovo’s platforms. We see the Toshiba software solution as a key innovation for future NVMe-oF offerings that enable increased flexibility and efficiency.

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