Wednesday, September 20, 2017


BigTec, Elastifile partner to advance cross-cloud data fabric architectures



Collaboration comes at a time when the market is registering growth in cloud and industrialised services and a decline of traditional data centre outsourcing.

Data centre transformation VAD, BigTec UK, has partnered with Elastifile to develop new business models around hybrid clouds as 90% of businesses worldwide are expected to operate in such environments by 2020.

The collaboration between the two companies has been built to enable BigTec partners to build a scale-out storage foundation for their customers that is ready to operate in on-premise, private or public cloud.

Elastifile offers a flash-native Elastifile Cloud File System for active data sets and a global namespace across on-premises sites and clouds. For inactive data, Elastifile CloudConnect is an integrated extension for object tiering that maintains the file system semantics and granular check-in/out for any S3-compatible storage.

Under the agreement, Elastifile will utilise BigTec’s UK channel partner network and joins a host of other technologies on NEO, BigTec’s platform for delivering Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

Jason Dance, managing director at BigTec UK, said: “Our core values align very closely with Elastifile’s vision to disrupt the cloud market through innovation.

“Many customers see hybrid cloud as the panacea and are seeking a solution that will provide data freedom, rather than being locked to a specific location, premises or cloud.”

The partnership comes at a time when the growth of cloud and industrialised services and the decline of traditional data centre outsourcing indicate a massive shift toward hybrid infrastructure services, according to Gartner.

Analysts have warned that worldwide traditional data centre outsourcing spending is expected to decline from $55.1bn in 2016 to $45.2bn in 2020.

However, cloud compute services are expected to grow from $23.3bn in 2016 to reach $68.4bn in 2020. Spending on colocation and hosting is also expected to increase, from $53.9bn in 2016 to $74.5bn in 2020.

In addition, infrastructure utility services will grow from $21.3bn in 2016 to $37bn in 2020 and storage as a service will increase from $1.7bn in 2016 to 2.7bn in 2020.

Building on the market opportunity, Sebastiano Tevarotto, Elastifile’s President, said: “We chose BigTec as a partner due to its track record of success in next generation infrastructure and strong investment in go-to-market support for its partners.”