San Francisco, CA – May 1, 2019 – LucidLink, an innovator in cloud file services, announced today the availability of Filespaces™, a high-performance cloud file service for distributed workloads with remote access to large files or terabytes to petabytes of data. It is the first-of-its-kind SaaS offering that changes the way organizations handle the challenge of sharing large files over long distances to enable access to huge data sets across globally distributed locations. LucidLink works with any cloud, on-prem object storage, and with any OS.
“LucidLink has taken a different approach in delivering cloud file services,” said Steve Anderson, Founder, Baseline Ventures. “As cloud services are increasingly adopted, workloads run in a distributed manner and demand instant access to data and files, regardless of size and where they are located. LucidLink solves the problem of immediate file access regardless of size and location by streaming the data you need, when you need it, and where you need it. I believe this is the future of data management.”
LucidLink addresses the problem of distance and latency in cloud environments by reducing the traffic between applications and remote storage. By dramatically boosting responsiveness, file data is delivered efficiently and streamed on-demand. Filespaces is a cloud-native file system that sits on top of any object store. It mitigates the effects of latency when using cloud storage as primary storage while allowing users to mount and use it as a local disk. It is ideal for companies looking to extend or replace file servers and NAS devices with a cloud-native approach in industries like media and entertainment, healthcare, and video surveillance.
“The on-premise vs. cloud storage has thus far been two independent and decoupled offerings. By seamlessly transforming any S3 storage into just another tier of local storage, LucidLink allows organizations to leverage the cloud economics for high-capacity data workloads,” said George Dochev, co-founder and CTO. “This, in turn, frees previously siloed data stored on NAS devices, making it accessible from anywhere with the highest degree of confidentiality.”
LucidLink works with any AWS S3 compliant storage provider working with cloud, on-prem, or hybrid storage. It supports all major operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS.
Filespaces provides a file interface to object storage – streaming data securely and eliminating the need to download and synchronize. Both users and applications can connect to the same single namespace and use it natively as if it was a local, shared volume.
Files are presented as if they are stored locally, streaming only the data that is needed as required. Servers and applications have instant access to large sets of data, even over long distances, without consuming local storage.
Using their own encryption key, customers have complete control over their files. Neither LucidLink nor a storage provider can access the data.
“LucidLink has enabled the use of object storage – on premises or in the cloud – with S3 access to work for file access – giving new levels of scale and storage cost economics to their customers,” said Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, and Analyst, Evaluator Group. “The benefits can be significant for customers in allowing existing and new applications to work transparently with object storage and will remove limitations that previously dictated the storage architecture.”
Direct read/write access from the cloud
Desktop and server applications can read or write portions of large files without the need to download or upload them in their entirety from the object store. This results in true random read/write access to large files or data sets, where only the portion of the data currently being used is streamed across the network. This, in turn, provides an exceptional performance boost for a large number of applications, like viewing or editing rich media files.
LucidLink, based on advanced log-structured design, allows the entire filespace to be instantly preserved at any point in time without incurring any performance overhead. These snapshots allow users to restore prior versions of either individual files or revert the entire filespace to an earlier point. In addition, snapshots do not require a complete copy of all the data, but only what’s changed between two snapshots, resulting in very efficient space utilization. This feature is particularly useful for backup purposes and as a defense against ransomware attacks.
Persistent caching and prefetching
LucidLink utilizes the local storage on each device to cache the most frequently accessed data and employs sophisticated prefetching techniques that dramatically improve the overall performance when accessing data remotely.
User access control
Filespaces can be easily shared across a large number of connected devices or users. To facilitate this, LucidLink gives administrators complete control over which parts of the filespace users can access. This fine-grained access is achieved while maintaining a powerful encryption model, ensuring users cannot decrypt information they are not allowed to see.
Global file locking
Remote teams working on shared projects, such as architects collaborating on a shared Autodesk Revit model, work seamlessly, as if collocated, without sacrificing performance. LucidLink achieves this by implementing global file locking, giving applications native support for serializing access across multiple users.
“As more companies adopt a cloud approach and embrace an increasingly distributed workforce, we realized that the problem of file access over distance is far from solved,” said Peter Thompson, co-founder, and CEO, LucidLink. “Old protocols built for LAN environments simply do not work well in a high latency world. LucidLink is a filesystem built specifically for the internet.”
LucidLink offers a cloud-native file service, designed specifically for extensive data access over distance, to improve organizational workload efficiency and maximize productivity. LucidLink continues to rapidly grow its customer base in media and entertainment, managed service providers, and the US government. LucidLink’s investors include Baseline Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, S28 Capital, Fathom Capital, and Bright Cap Ventures. Founded in 2016 by former DataCore executives, LucidLink is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Bulgaria, Europe, and Australia. For more information, contact us about our resellers and partners program at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us at www.lucidlink.com