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Seagate rolls out storage-as-a-service platform

01 Mar 2021

Seagate and Equinix are partnering to extend the reach of Seagate’s brand new storage-as-a-service platform Lyve Cloud, and to drive interconnect capabilities for cloud services and expansion.

The platform is an S3-compatible storage-only cloud and is designed to combine mass capacity HDD innovation with the aim of enabling enterprises to make better use of their data. Currently it is only available in the United States, however, it will be rolled out to other countries in the future.

Seagate’s executive vice president, storage services, and chief information officer, Ravi Naik, explains, “According to Seagate’s Rethink Data report, as much as 68% of data available to enterprises goes unused. By providing a reliable and cost-efficient cloud storage solution at the metro edge, closer to where their data is generated, Lyve Cloud lets enterprises store and activate their data at scale, securely and efficiently.”
 
With so much data remaining unused, Seagate took this concept to create a platform that enables organisations to use that wasted data.

Lyve Cloud infrastructure can be located in close proximity to Equinix Metal, within the Equinix International Business Exchange data centers. According to the companies, this can result in opportunities for data to feed into edge and cloud-based applications for both hybrid and multicloud architectures.

Equinix chief strategy officer Eric Schwartz says,  “We see a lot of synergy in collaborating with Seagate to help our customers increase their digital advantage.” 

“Leveraging Lyve Cloud and Platform Equinix, customers have an optimised, cost-effective object storage option to make their cloud truly composable. Equinix’s position at the Metro Edge enables Lyve Cloud to address use cases that demand data storage and activation, accelerating digital transformation initiatives such as disaster recovery, hybrid and multi-cloud, storage for bare metal services, AI and machine learning.”

Lyve Cloud offers privacy, no lock-in, and no egress fees, allowing customers to retain full control of their data while lowering TCO for storing massive datasets. Lyve Cloud’s ISO27001 and SOC2 certifications meet the data security needs of enterprise customers and provide always-on encryption for data in motion and at rest. 

“As CIO, three things I most seek from any solution are predictability, security, and no lock-ins,” notes Lattice Semiconductor CIO Sudhakar Chilukuri.

“Lyve Cloud features fit these needs very well. We don’t have to replace anything but can add Lyve Cloud for certain data workloads. It's critical to choose a cloud storage strategy that has transparent pricing, no ingress, and egress fees, and is reliable and performant.”