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Cloud Computing: ParaScale one of top 20 vendors

Venture-funded ParaScale, founded in 2004, has just begun beta testing software, called ParaScale Cloud Server, for creating clustered storage using Linux servers. ParaScale's software can be used by other vendors to offer cloud services, similar to Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3), or by IT departments to create S3-like clouds inside their own data centers.

ParaScale specializes in bulky, unstructured data that's served up on request--video, virtual machine images, and medical images, for example--rather than structured or transactional data. In a typical configuration, ParaScale offers throughput of 100 MBps, which is roughly 10 times the performance of Amazon's S3 service, says CEO Sajai Krishnan.

ParaScale hasn't announced pricing, but Krishnan estimates its software will cost between $1 and $1.50 per gigabyte, including hardware. Compared with a monthly rate of 15 cents per gigabyte for cloud storage services, ParaScale would pay for itself in 10 months in a corporate data center. IT pros need to do their own benchmarks and cost comparisons, but ParaScale's eye-opening claims illustrate how startups get potential customers to take a look.


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