By Dikla Michlin, Senior Software Engineer @ Cloudian

[Q] Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Dikla Michlin and I grew up in Israel where I caught the technology bug early on. I started coding when I was a kid so naturally I chose to study Computer Science. Two years ago I got an opportunity to move to California. I couldn’t be happier to start working at Cloudian whose HyperStore solution allows enterprises to extend their private data centers to public clouds. I’m a strong believer in a true hybrid cloud architecture. I contribute to HyperStore evolution as a Senior Software Engineer responsible for Java development with focus on server side programming.

Let me tell you about the newest HyperStore functionality that my team has just finished developing. With Cloudian HyperStore you can now schedule automatic transfers of objects stored on premises to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier. Regardless of file size, your data will seamlessly sync up to the public cloud.

[Q] It sounds like enterprises can now get the best of both private and public cloud worlds. What’s the feature on Cloudian Hyperstore that enables that?

The feature is called auto-tiering and it is a powerful tool in implementing a hybrid storage model. You decide which data is too sensitive to offload to AWS and should be stored on premises, while all other data can be tiered to AWS. In addition to enabling hybrid storage model, auto-tiering feature also helps overcome on-prem capacity constraints. You can simply choose to send excessive data volumes to AWS and spare precious space for your business critical and frequently accessed data. Thanks to HyperStore you no loger have to perfectly size your on premises storage.

With the auto-tiering feature you can configure which objects you want to tier, and when to move them. It can be all objects in a bucket, or only objects with a specific prefix. You can tier objects that were created X days ago or objects that have not been accessed in the last X days.

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Any bucket can be configured with an S3 bucket lifecycle policy, which defines the rules for the transitioning and/or expiring objects.

  • Transitioning rules specify how and when objects will be moved from Cloudian HyperStore to the public cloud or another Cloudian HyperStore storage system.
  • Expiration rules define when objects will be deleted from the HyperStore system or from a system into which the objects were auto-tiered.

To tier objects into Amazon, you can use a Cloudian-managed AWS account, or you can also use your own enterprise Amazon account. Bucket owners can also specify Amazon account credentials per bucket, and they will override the enterprise credentials and the Cloudian license credentials.

Objects stored in HyperStore storage and objects tiered to Amazon S3 storage have consolidated billing and usage data.

You can learn more about auto-tiering feature by watching a demo:

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[Q] Congratulations on releasing the auto-tiering feature! Now, besides always being on the frontier if IT innovation, what else do you like about working for Cloudian?

A: It’s great to work for a company the size of Cloudian because it is so easy to communicate with the team. Our group of developers meets several times during the week to talk about new ideas and catch up on what we are all working on. I feel I can always speak my mind and my input is heard and appreciated by the management team.

 [Q] To finish this interview off, what’s the one thing no one knows about you?

A: I don’t think any of my coworkers knows that I’ve recently signed up for acting classes. It’s so much fun to practice acting and I enjoy being on stage. Perhaps I’ll use my next Cloudian blog update to invite you to the premiere of my play.

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