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AWS Introduces Cheaper, Less Reliable S3 Option

Amazon Web Services recently introduced a new class of S3 Object storage called S3 One-Zone Infrequent Access.  This extends the options for S3 to four levels of availability and associated cost.  What is the point of introducing another option and what could it be used for? S3 Options Until now there were three S3 classes. … Read more »

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Cloudian Acquires Infinity Storage

Cloudian Inc, a vendor of object storage solutions has recently announced the acquisition of Infinity Storage, a Milan-based developer of file systems and file storage technology.  In December 2017, Cloudian announced the availability of HyperFile, a NAS controller addition to HyperStore, which we now know was based on Infinity Storage IP.  Clearly, Cloudian saw a… Read more »

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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #4 – Performance

This is the fourth in a series of posts covering object storage requirements.  Other posts in this series can be found at Object Storage Capabilities Series. Object stores are seen as the repository for large volumes of data, much of which can be inactive.  As a result, performance is probably not top of the list of… Read more »

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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #3 – Searching, Indexing and Metadata

This is the third in a series of posts covering object storage requirements.  Other posts in this series can be found at Object Storage Capabilities Series. Object stores are intended to store large volumes of data.  Capacities are usually measured in hundreds of terabytes or petabytes rather than smaller units.  As a result, an object… Read more »

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Delivering File Protocols on Object Stores

When object stores first started to appear on the market, the aim was to target a very specific niche.  Unstructured data growth demanded better ways of storing data than file servers.  Object stores offered the ability to scale to billions of objects, without the issues of managing a file system.  However, rewriting applications for REST-based… Read more »

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Storage Field Day 14 Preview: Scality

I’ve followed Scality for a long time, through many previous presentations at Tech Field Days (see the further reading below) and at UK events too.  I also recently presented at Scality SDS Day in London talking about the future of Software Defined Storage.  So what is object storage and what do Scality do? Object Storage… Read more »

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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #2 – Data Protection

This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017. Previous Posts Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 – Scalability Protecting data in an object store represents different challenges to those for traditional storage.  In block-based storage, for example, capacity reaches a level… Read more »

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It’s Time for Hard Drives to Join Tape In The Archive Tier

This week we’ve seen the announcement of 14TB 3.5” hard drives from one vendor and 12TB from another. It’s hard to imagine the concept of 14TB in a single hard drive when ten years ago we were looking at only 1TB devices. However, these devices have a problem. The throughput and latency has remained relatively… Read more »

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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 – Scalability

This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017. Object storage has been positioned as a platform for storing vast amounts of unstructured data, the main area in which we’re seeing significant industry growth.  Systems need to have the capability to… Read more »