OpenIO SDS on Raspberry Pi at SC17
SuperComputing is one of my favorite industry events. It still feels like the IT shows of the 90s: there’s a lot of hardware, nerds and geeks all around, deep technical conversations, and a lot of cutting-edge solutions, the kind that we will see in the enterprise several years from now. It’s exciting!
Object Storage, everybody
We will be present at SuperComputing 17 with the cluster you see in the picture. A three-node cluster based on Raspberry Pi Zeros, with an additional Pi3 to handle the front-end. We are doing this for several reasons:
- It’s cool. Alongside this demonstration, we will release documentation and images so you can easily build a similar cluster at home. It is perfect for home and school labs (due the low cost), but also for experimenting with OpenIO SDS functionalities in business environments without impacting anything else.
- It’s ARM. We love ARM for several reasons. Power consumption, small failure domain, high manageability, and more. Last year, we presented SLS to showcase the technology, and we are now working with partners like 2CRSI to expand this ecosystem and the concept of the nano-node.
- It’s proof of what we say. Even though our largest installations (60+ PB) are on fat x86 servers today, we have already demonstrated the characteristics and advantages of our architecture. Lightweight design, flexibility, and serverless computing are at the core of our philosophy and allow us to go beyond traditional object storage use cases, especially when associated with Grid for Apps, our serverless computing framework.
- It’s IoT ready. We believe that object storage and serverless computing are key for large IoT infrastructures. No matter where or how you collect sensor data, you will eventually need to store and process that data locally before sending only the relevant information to the cloud. We can do that now, and we are also working to integrate third-party serverless frameworks to avoid any form of lock-in for our customers.
And that’s not all, folks
On November 29th, we hosted a webinar about using OpenIO SDS on Raspberry PI. In this event, we went easy on the marketing, leaving as much time as possible to the techies. We demonstrated how to install a Raspberry Pi cluster with OpenIO SDS, and gave attendees as much information as possible to replicate the experience at home.
An OpenIO SDS cluster based on Raspberries is a great way to test functionality, S3 compatibility, and test your software against it; this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to do it.