Ex-Netscapers tackle cloud storage

Enterprise-class product announced

A new cloud storage vendor is entering the market, promising an enterprise-class file system with snapshots, replication, and other features designed to simplify adoption for existing users and applications.

Zetta, founded in 2007 by veterans of Netscape, has announced Enterprise Cloud Storage, a web-based storage platform that will compete against Amazon's Simple Storage Service and a growing number of cloud vendors. Zetta's goal was to build a web-based storage system that would be accepted by enterprise IT professionals for storing primary data.

Zetta's not yet ready for prime time — its system has been live with more than 20 beta customers since January and a full commercial launch is not expected until the third quarter. But Zetta claims it will offer enterprises better availability and security than existing cloud storage platforms. Zetta encrypts data at rest, and has built a system that can withstand multiple hardware and network failures without losing data, the company says.

Zetta has also written its own file system that will look and act like other file systems customers are accustomed to. The name "zetta" refers to a numerical prefix denoting a "1" followed by 21 zeroes.

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