Memset takes open source to cloud storage market

Jennifer Scott News
16 Sep, 2011

Amazon faces more competition with the launch of UK-based Memstore.

Memset is entering the ever-more crowded cloud storage market, continuing its commitment to open-source technology for enterprise.

Today saw the company launch its Memstore offering – cloud storage based on Rackspace and NASA’s joint software project OpenStack – with packages to suit businesses of any size.

Memset has drawn specific attention to its added security features – knowing full well it is still the issue holding many customers back from putting their data into the public cloud – as well as touting its simplicity.

On-disk encryption and https security – for accessing the storage through a web-based interface – help to reassure users, whilst it also offers infrastructure to set up a private cloud in-house for those specific bits of data customers just can’t face letting out from behind their own firewall. There are also three copies made of everything stored as standard back-up.

Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of Memset, told Cloud Pro: “We have confidence in the public cloud data segregation systems and we ‘eat our own dog food.’ However, many customers for their own reasons want private cloud.”

“Those can be regulatory, in the case of Government, or the small price differential may mean that they would just rather have the comfort of knowing their data is not co-located on the same hardware.”

She added: “There is a demand for both, and we are trying to address the whole spectrum of requirement.” 

For those willing to go public though, data will be replicated three times and Craig-Wood claimed Memset were working on a second data centre to mirror the storage, giving further backup reliability.

The web interface is based on industry standard APIs to reduce complexity and pricing is simple to get your head around.

With a small business deal of £4.95 per month for 50GB, £9.95 for 100GB, £19.95 for 200GB or a pay per use model starting at 0.07p per GB per month, Memset claims to be “one of the cheapest available.”

It also offers free inbound transfer for data, although it does charge 15p per GB to download from Memstore.

However, its UK data centre location - in Reading - will be where it can win companies over from Amazon, allowing British firms to stick within data storage regulations and avoid the likes of the Patriot Act in the US, which allows law agencies to examine their data without warning.

Memset makes bold claims for availability - 99.995 per cent for Memstore - which is also likely to appeal and thanks to its web-based access, users can get hold of their data from any device when on the move.

The service is available now.