Ocarina Networks made a splash this week, officially launching itself and introducing its key product at the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando, Florida. Ocarina’s technology offers relief from the mounting storage nightmare that threatens to swamp Internet data centers—especially those for sites that offer free, unlimited storage of photos, email or other web content.
Such influential technology trades and blogs as Byte & Switch, GigaOm, TechWorld, and InfoStor jumped on the news, giving Ocarina plenty of ink and top billing at the event. Click here for more coverage.
If you’ve ever sat down and thought about it, you’ve probably guessed that the files you share—whether pictures of your dog, or that new Amy Winehouse track you sent around to fifty of your closest friends—all have to be stored somewhere. Ocarina’s optimization solution winnows these files down to never-before-seen levels, freeing up more space for everyone else’s web content, and having a major impact on costs and upkeep for companies who are storing that data on your behalf.
It should come as no surprise that Ocarina’s first customers are photo sharing sites and web-based email providers, which are groaning under an increasingly huge load of data that must be not only stored, but made immediately accessible to users. As one customer, European photo sharing company Photoways Group puts it, “We believe that Ocarina will pay for itself within six months of installation, save us millions of Euros over the next few years, and change the way we buy storage and the overall economics of our business in the future.”
But this is just the beginning. Ocarina’s solution can be applied to a number of other companies that face storage headaches, in such sectors as medical records, oil and gas, and banking, to name a few. With backing from Kleiner Perkins and Highland Capital and an impressive group of storage and technology execs, the future is bright for Ocarina.