We believe that OpenIO SDS is the most flexible object store on the market, and that it is very easy to install, use, and manage. This is why we can propose our product for large multi-PB installations, to run on a small Raspberry Pi, or on a 3-node cluster with less than 100TB of usable storage.
The blog of a flexible
app-aware object storage
Just a quick post to let you know that we have uploaded the recording of “It’s time for object storage!” webinar to YouTube. We are already working on our next webinar, which will cover Grid for Apps, the feature of OpenIO SDS that got the most questions in this first session. So, stay tuned and make a note in your calendar; the next webinar will be held on May 18. We’ll send you an invitation.
On Thursday, April 6, we will be hosting our first webinar, “It’s time for object storage!” I don’t want to give out too many spoilers, but there’s a slide that I want to share with you in advance.
Part of my role here at OpenIO is to educate and inform users about our solutions, as well as object storage in general. But, even today, I find the saying, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” to be very appropriate.
The object storage market is very crowded now, and the first question people ask me, whether they are customers, analysts, partners, or the press, is always the same: “What is your differentiator?”
I couldn’t agree more with them, since most object storage systems look the same; they all seem to have a similar feature set:
Erasure coding? Check.
Remote replication? Check.
S3 and Swift support? Check.
Software solution running on commodity hardware? Check.
WORM, Encryption, hybrid tiering, file interfaces, and so on… All check!
A few years ago, when I was an analyst, I wrote many articles about architectures that can take advantage of object storage in large Big Data infrastructures and, you know, one of my mantras in the last few years has always been to suggest the adoption of a two tier storage architecture strategy. Now, here at OpenIO, this isn’t changing.
OpenIO SDS runs, again, on ARM 32bit (aka Raspberry Pi)! All packages are updated and ready to install, as well as the documentation.
A couple of weeks ago we resurrected this small internal project aimed at running OpenIO SDS on the Raspberry Pi; not just the powerful models, but also the Zero (1 CPU core and 512MB RAM). ARM is in our heart (and business, since our SLS appliance runs on ARM64), but we had to tweak a few things to get it running on ARM32 as well.
I’m very proud to announce that I’ll be hosting a monthly live webinar together with my colleagues at OpenIO, as well as partners, independent SMEs, bloggers, and analysts, beginning April 6.