Chaos Sumo Launches Data Management Service for Amazon S3

Chaos Sumo, a Medford, Mass. startup, has launched its flagship offering, a smart object storage service for Amazon S3. It is available for purchase four months after it received $1 million in seed financing.
This week, the company launched Smart Object Storage, along with a free community edition. It claims it is the first Amazon S3-specific data discovery and management service.
The Smart Object Storage solution was first revealed as a private beta in June. It aims to address the problem managing large volumes unstructured data. Chaos Sumo believes this will become more common as object-based storage services such as Amazon S3 gain popularity.
Chaos Sumo Co-Founder Les Yetton stated in a blog post that object storage was “cheap, reliable, and incrediblyscalable” and said that it eliminated a historic challenge in bringing new and exciting products to market. S3 and similar services are schemaless and do not provide the tools to extract value out of the huge amounts of data they store.
He argued that organizations often have to resort to outside services to make sense their data, which can lead to additional costs and risk to the integrity of the data.
Chaos Sumo’s solution is to add an abstraction layer on top of assets stored in Amazon S3, obviating the need for extract/transform/load (ETL) code. According to the company’s Thursday press release, proprietary technology “creates an universal file format that can easily be discovered and organized without moving data.”
Chaos Sumo claims that its Smart Object Storage product can find all data sources for a company in Amazon S3 and organize them by type, size, and other attributes. It can also identify duplicated data and private or public objects.
Chaos Sumo founder and CTO Thomas Hazel stated in a prepared statement that “all the new, powerful analytics tools available on the market have one fatal flaw – they can’t do AWS S3 discovery themselves without significant customization or specialists.” Smart Object Storage’s vision is to inject analytics directly into data stores.
More information about Smart Object Storage can be found here.