Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data and Object Storage Center page
Why Cloud and Object Storage?
In addition, people and data are living longer, as well as getting larger (hence little data, big data and very big data). Cloud products and services along with associated object storage, file systems, repositories and access methods are at the center of big data, big bandwidth and little data initiatives on a public, private, hybrid and community basis. After all, not everything is the same in cloud, virtual and traditional data centers or information factories from active data to in-active deep digital archiving.
Cloud Object Storage Fundamentals Access and Architectures
There are many facets to object storage including technology implementation, products, services, access and architectures for various applications and use scenarios.
A common theme for object storage is flexibility, along with scaling (performance, availability, capacity, economics) along with extensibility without compromise or complexity. From those basics, there are many themes and variations from how data is protected (RAID or no RAID, hardware or software), deployed as a service or as tin wrapped software (an appliance), optimized for archiving or video serving or other applications.
Many facets of cloud and object storage access
One aspect of object and cloud storage is accessing or using object methods including application programming interfaces (API’s) vs. traditional block (LUN) or NAS (file) based approaches.
Keep in mind that many object storage systems, software, and services support NAS file-based access including NFS, CIFS, HDFS among others for compatibility and ease of use.
Likewise various API’s can be found across different object solutions, software or services including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) HTTP REST based, among others.
Other API’s will vary by specific vendor or product however can include IOS (e.g. Apple iPhone and iPad), WebDav, FTP, JSON, XML, XAM, CDMI, SOAP, and DICOM among others.
Another aspect of object and cloud storage are expanded and dynamic metadata.
While traditional file systems and NAS have simple or fixed metadata, object and cloud storage systems, services and solutions along with some scale-out file systems have ability to support user defined metadata.
Specific systems, solutions, software, and services will vary on the amount of metadata that could range on the low-end from 100s of KBytes to tens or more Mbytes.
Where to learn more about cloud and object storage
The following is a growing list of links and resources exploring existing, new and emerging object storage and related themes.
Yellow-Bricks site. Note that VMware VSAN uses one of many different forms of object storage (e.g. its not S3 or Swift or CDMI) rather a means for storing VMware vSphere entities and items (e.g. various types of objects)
(Via Enrico Signoretti aka @esignorettii)
Martin Glassborow aka @storagebod)
Additional related object storage center resources
- The Human Face of Big Data, a Book Review
- Amazon cloud storage options enhanced with Glacier
- Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC PRess) Intel Recommended Reading
- Resilient Storage Networks: Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures (Elsevier)
- SAS SANs for Dummies (Wiley)
- Seven databases in seven weeks, a book review of NoSQL databases (Book review)
- StorageIO Podcast, videos, backup, restore, BC, DR and archiving, resources, events and in the news pages
Watch for more content and links to be added here soon to this object storage center page including posts, presentations, pod casts, polls, perspectives along with services and product solutions profiles.
Ok, nuff said (for now…).
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