After careful market analysis, brainstorming and development, we now have several exciting new AiRE IntelligentFiler upgrades coming your way this year. From hardware to software, from individual in-demand features to a unified data platform, we are giving you all the data management and storage capabilities you need to accelerate your digital transformation journey in the 2020s.

Multi-cloud and inter-cloud demand a new data fabric

The Flexera State of the Cloud 2020 survey found that 93% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 87% have a hybrid cloud strategy. These are year-over-year increases, especially for hybrid cloud, which the Flexera State of the Cloud 2019 survey reported at only 58% in 2019 and 51% in 2018.

These figures show that the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud trends are growing stronger than ever. For data storage, this means that the days of choosing one location for all your data, whether on-prem or in the cloud, and then backing it up to another location are long gone. Instead, enterprises are increasingly combining, adding and switching among multiple on-premises and cloud-based storage targets to suit their needs. The reason is to keep up with rapid technological progress in AI and machine learning, enable greater agility and optimize storage costs.

This increasing use of multi-cloud and inter-cloud data storage demands a flexible data fabric that reduces complexity and drives optimization. The key to this is the ability to seamlessly move and intelligently manage all your data in these different locations from a single interface. At STORViX, we have taken this to heart and are in the process of reimagining AiRE IntelligentFiler to be a next-generation unified data management platform for a multi-cloud and inter-cloud data fabric.

Upgrading hardware so you can do more with less

One of the drivers of the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud data fabric trend is the need to optimize storage costs. The latest AI algorithms also require more processing power to be effective and deliver agility. Therefore, we are rolling out extensive updates to our hardware platform powering AiRE IntelligentFiler. We will bring you the latest improvements in terms of CPU and computer architecture to deliver more power using less energy without any cost increases. This is true to our motto for cutting-edge data storage optimization – do more with less.

Taking data storage to the next level with AiRE version 3

Our vision is to make AiRE IntelligentFiler a next-generation unified data platform for a multi-cloud and inter-cloud data fabric. Now we are taking the next step in making this vision a reality by reimagining the key components of our software, AiRE, and aligning them with this vision. This intensive development process culminated in AiRE version 3, which will help you take your data storage to the next level.

Check out a few highlights of AiRE version 3 to see what you have to look forward to:

  • VSA – By adding a virtual storage appliance (VSA), AiRE will empower you to fully leverage hyper-converged architecture. This is also an important step in enabling a multi-cloud and inter-cloud data fabric, given that IDC Research Vice President Eric Sheppard forecast that hyper-converged systems would increasingly become the backbone of the multi-cloud world in 2020.
  • Public cloud service provider availability (coming in fall 2020) – Connect AiRE to your AWS, Azure, Google or other public cloud service providers and start intelligently managing your cloud data using AiRE’s intelligent algorithms. This will be powered by Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric.
  • Hypervisor (coming in fall 2020) – We have listened to our business partners and customer feedback and our development team is working on a hypervisor function. This will give you the ability to run virtual machine workloads directly on the system and achieve highly competitive deployment in terms of resource optimization.

AiRE version 3 will be generally available by the end of Q2 2020. Please contact our support team to learn how to update your AiRE version. And don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any suggestions for more AiRE features that would help you manage your data more intelligently and easily across storage targets.