US Signal Expands Distributed Storage Infrastructure Capabilities with SoftIron
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US Signal scales its Storage As A Service (STaaS) offering to help meet growing demand
US Signal Expands Distributed Storage Infrastructure Capabilities with SoftIron SoftIron demonstrated its deep understanding of complex storage environments and how to maximize Ceph to provide the best of its feature set. They've delivered value over and above the hardware and software, providing expert guidance and support as we execute on this project together

SoftIron Ltd., the world leader in task-specific appliances for data center solutions, and a global leader in Ceph expertise and implementation, today announced that it has successfully engaged with Michigan-based IT solutions company, US Signal, to seamlessly upgrade and expand its Storage As A Service (STaaS) infrastructure. The initial implementation, which immediately increases US Signal's storage capacity by over a petabyte, leverages SoftIron's Ceph-based HyperDrive™ storage appliances and is being facilitated with a no-downtime migration across multiple distributed data center sites in four midwest states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The US Signal expansion is being driven by the company's need to scale its critical infrastructure due to increasing customer demand. Having already established a Ceph software-defined storage architecture in 2012, the company took the opportunity to re-evaluate its incumbent solution against evolving requirements. These requirements included the need for cluster management across multiple, disconnected sites, the need for seamless integration with services billing, stringent cloud service SLAs, as well as limited resources (including skills, space and power). Because customers were in current operation, zero downtime during the capacity expansion was a critical requirement. SoftIron's expertise and Ceph-based HyperDrive solution proved to be an ideal fit for the expansion, which is being accomplished with zero downtime.

"The strategic focus for this project was to ensure a truly future-proofed and seamless growth plan for US Signal,…
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