Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main technology components?

A distributed block manage module that runs on any physical or cloud server to aggregate local storage resources into a common storage pool. Storage is composed on the fly to meet the unique requirements of applications using templates called profiles.

A virtual disk module that provides kernel virtual disks to local apps running natively, in containers or virtual machines. Each virtual disk is managed as a block object to match individual application requirements. Metadata reflect the individual properties of each virtual disk.

The cio server provides a cluster management interface and API hooks for orchestration systems to provision on demand. Backup CIO servers ensures that the control plane is always available.

Where does your software reside?

The cio server runs in user space with main software components running as Linux kernel modules in Centos 7.4 and Ubuntu 14.04.

Are you a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI?)

Yes, we are a software layer that enables either a hyper-converged or a converged approach, e.g. with EBS storage on AWS

What's the secret sauce?

CIO is built around an Elastic Data Architecture that virtualizes at the top and bottom of the storage stack. This inherent agility combined with the insight to ensure performance isolation is what enables storage for applications to be managed as individual objects.
The agile foundation combined with embedded storage expertise in software is what enables easy to use scale-out storage. Any developer or user can deploy a private cloud with persistent storage in less than 10 minutes.


We support both REST API and command line interfaces. Our Web UI is presented via a Portainer container.

Can I run it on my servers?

Yes, CIO runs on standard X86 servers.

We have guidelines for cpu, memory, network and storage to take full advantage of the CIO software.  See hardware requirements for developer version of CIO.

Does it run in AWS? Google Cloud? Azure?

We are testing an AMI for AWS that supports Centos 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.
Using CIO with ephemeral storage provides redundancy, improved performance, persistence and reduces the number of required instances for lowers costs.

We plan to support Google Cloud and Azure in 2018.


Is there a commercial version available?

A commercial release of CIO is scheduled for Q1 2018. The commercial version will support both capacity and node based licensing.

More details coming soon at