Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined and Object Storage page
Software defined, Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage exist to support expanding and diverse application data demands. There are various types of cloud and object storage including public provider service such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer among many others. Likewise there are various software defined storage stacks and solutions including open source such as Ceph or OpenStack Swift, along with commercial offerings of those and many others such as Dell EMC ECS, HDS HCP, IBM Cleversafe and NetApp StorageGrid to name a few among others.
There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated, moved, processed, stored, preserved and served, granted there are economic realities. Likewise as a society our dependence on information being available for work or entertainment, from medical healthcare to social media and all points in between continues to increase (check out the Human Face of Big Data).
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.
Via StorageIOblog: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look
Via StorageIOblog: S3motion Buckets Containers Objects AWS S3 Cloud and EMCcode (with podcast)
Via StorageIOblog: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits
Via ComputerWorld: Amazon offers network file storage in the cloud
Via ComputerWeekly: HGST marries helium HDDs and Himalaya in object storage Active Archive
Via GoogleCloudPlatform Blog: GCS Nearline Online storage at Offline price
Via MarketWatch: Global Data Center Provider CyrusOne Announces Direct Connectivity to Google Cloud Platform
Via PRNewsWire: Quantum Announces New Archive Solutions Designed To Reduce Unstructured Data Storage Costs
Via Enterprise Storage Forum: Lustre buying guide
Via StorageIOblog: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements
Via StreetInsider: Western Digital (WDC) to Acquire Object Storage Software Amplidata
Via Enterprise Storage Forum: Dell Invests in Object Storage Startup Exablox
Via Enterprise Storage Forum: Introducing s3motion (S3 and object access docker based appliance)
Via Computerworld: Quantum enhances their cloud and object storage management with new StorNext software versin
2014 IDC MarketScape perspectives and companion post here
OpenStack Juno Offers Automated Hadoop Provisioning
ScaleOut Software Releases Version 5.2 of Its In-Memory Computing Platform
HP Inks Global Reseller Agreement With Object Storage Startup Scality
NetApp Introduces Software-Defined Object Storage for the Hybrid Cloud
NetApp intros software-defined object storage for hybrid cloud adoption via ZD
Are more than five nines of availability really possible? via SearchCloudStorage
How do primary storage clouds and cloud for backup differ? via SearchCloudStorage
What should I consider when using SSD cloud? via SearchCloudStorage
Given outages, are you concerned with the security of the cloud? via SearchCloudStorage
Is the cost of cloud storage really cheaper than traditional storage? via SearchCloudStorage
Panzura Collaborates With Microsoft Azure To Transform Cloud Storage Into A Globally Distributed NAS via HostReview
Caringo Awarded Patent for Erasure Coding, Replication in Storage Cluster via ITBusinessNet
Western Digital Capital Makes Strategic Investment in Amplidata via PRWeb
Dovecot in for the long haul via ITwire
Top Tips for Object Storage via InfoStor
Object Storage Buying Guide via Enterprise Storage Forum
Cloud Gateways 101via Enterprise Networking Planet
HP Unveils Smaller, Less Costly Helion Cloud Platform via eWeek
CA Technologies, AWS and Riverbed bring mainframe Cloud to big four banks via PCadvisor
The Enterprise Cloud is Finally Moving Beyond Storage via CMS wire
Microsoft 365’s Massive Cloud Storage Is ‘Icing on Cake’ to University’s Upgrade via Edtech
Quantum Acquires Symform, Plans To Bring Cloud-Based Backups To Enterprise via CRN
OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) Adds Storage Policies for Enterprise Users and Cloud Operators via BusinessWire
EMC ViPR and Data Services (including Object storage) via SearchStorage
Cloud Appliance Buying Guide via Enterprise Storage Forum
Verizon, Amplidata and Cloud Object Storage via Datacenter Dynamics
IBM drops SoftLayer cloud storage costs closer to its rivals – Via ZDNet
How long will VSAN rebuilding take with large drives? via Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB) and his
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)
Object storage: An architecture for the petabyte era? via Simon Robinson (@simonrob451) appearing at Computerweekly
Western Digital/HGST announce alternative to Seagate Kinetic HDD for object storage via MarketWatch
EMC Announces Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance via EMC
OpenStack Spring 2014 (Atlanta) Summit Day 1 via OpenStack.org
RedHat acquires InkTank provider of Ceph services via TechCrunch
DataDirect Networks (DDN) WOS enhancements via ComputerWeekly
Storage Decision Making for Fast, Big and Very Big Data Environments (Recorded for Playback: BrightTalk Webinar)
Open Source and Cloud Storage – Enabling business, or a technology enabler? (Recorded for Playback: BrightTalk Webinar)
Hybrid Clouds: Bridging the Gap Between Public and Private Environments (Recorded for Playback: BrightTalk Webinar)
Book review: Rethinking Enterprise Storage and Hybrid Clouds by Microsoft/Storsimple and Marc Farley aka (@Gofarley (or what ever name he is currently using ;))
Goodbye 2013, hello 2014 predictions present and future
Enterprises should just ignore OpenStack via Virtualizedgeek aka Keith Townsend (@virtualizedgeek)
OpenStack Swift Object Storage for the Cloud Grows via The Var Guy (@thevarguy) aka Christopher Tozzi
For Seagate Kinetic to fly…it’s gonna take an ecosystem (Via @Seagate The Storage Effect Blog)
Object-defined storage (it’s not about object storage) (Via Enrico Signoretti @Juku)
Seagate Kinetic Cloud and Object Storage I/O platform
Why You Should Consider Object Storage (Via 21CIT)
Object Storage Is in Your Future, Even if You Use Files (Via 21CIT)
The Right Storage Option Is Important for Big Data Success (Via FedTech)
Hybrid cloud storage with an object storage back end(Via Marc Farley aka @MicroFarley at Microsoft Technet Blogs)
OpenStack Suite download (Via Rackspace)
EMC ViPR aimed at service providers, enterprise storage (Video)
EMC ViPR virtual physical object and software defined storage
EMC ViPR software defined object storage part II
EMC ViPR software defined object storage part III
The rise of cloud-integrated storage and EMC’s ViPR (Via Marc Farley of Microsoft aka @MicroFarley)
ViPR: Under the covers (Via Chad Sakacc of EMC aka @sakacc)
Introducing EMC ViPR (Via Chuck Hollis aka @Chuckhollis of EMC)
EMC Tells their SDS story (e.g. ViPR) (Via the Solutions Architect aka Michael Letschin aka @mletschin)
Object Paucity (Via Martin Glassborow aka @storagebod)
Object Storage: You can call it NAS 2.0! (Via Enrico Signoretti aka @esignoretti)
Object storage is the platform, gateways are the solution (Via Enrico Signoretti aka @esignorettii)
Files Vs. Objects: the difference is in the value (Via Enrico Signoretti aka @esignorettii)
Conversation with Justin Stottlemyer of Shutterfly and object storage discussion (Pod cast)
What-ever happened to Object Storage? (Via Martin Glassborow aka @storagebod)
Cloud conversations: AWS EBS, Glacier and S3 overview
Ceph Day Amsterdam 2012 (Object and cloud storage)
Ceph Day in Amsterdam and Sage Weil on Object Storage (Podcast)
Mr. Backup (Curtis Preston) goes back to Ceph School (Video and Podcast)
Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking trends (StorageExpo 2013)
Cloud and object storage primer and industry trends presentation (PDF) AWS (Amazon) storage gateway, first, second and third impressions
Wrap up and summary
Object and cloud storage are in your future, the questions are when, where, with what and how among others.
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…).
Greg Schulz – Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, vSAN and VMware vExpert. Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Watch for the spring 2017 release of his new book "Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials" (CRC Press).
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