EMC Atmos software connects to the ACDP via management APIs. Service providers and enterprises can install the Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, providing self-service for end users who connect into the ACDP portal. Users can provision their storage and monitor storage consumption and bandwidth through a metering module. On the other end, IT administrators also can monitor storage bandwidth and usage and input the data into a chargeback or billing system.
Most of Atmos' customers are service providers, such as U.K.-based cloud backup provider Redstor, which recently signed on to deploy Atmos and ACDP in full production in January.
Redstor Business Development Director Tony Ruane said the ACDP component will let him quickly integrate Atmos with billing systems from Redstor and its partners. "It gives you a billing and metering process, which sounds dull, but it is really important," Ruane said. "I need to provide my customers with an accurate, timely and flexible billing process. It gives us a leg up, and it greatly reduces our time to market."
EMC said the ACDP gives service providers the ability to offer storage as a service and compete more effectively with cloud storage providers such as Amazon and Iron Mountain.
"If you have [Atmos'] portal, you can plug into the programmatic interfaces of the [Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform]," said Jon Martin, director of product management and marketing for the EMC Cloud Infrastructure Group. "If a developer wants to get access to storage from a service provider, he signs up for an account and then gets access to storage. He can also see how much storage he is using. Behind the scenes is a service provider or IT person who gets to measure the utilization and plugs it into a tracking billing system. This shortens the development time to deliver a cloud storage offering."
EMC also enhanced the way Atmos handles multi-tenancy for providers supporting multiple applications, departments or customers in a shared environment. Instead of logically separating data and administration by tenant and subtenant, EMC Atmos now lets service providers separate tenants through the network for improved security and operational efficiency.