06/12/2018

The Relationship Between Software-Defined, Hardware Agnostic, TCO, and ROI

Following up on our series of articles about the Zero-Waste OpenIO SDS Cluster, I'd like to give you more details about the benefits of being fully hardware agnostic, what this means for the TCO (total cost of ownership) of your infrastructure, and how it helps you get a ...
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29/11/2018

How OpenIO SDS 18.10 Increased Rebuild Speed in Cases of Disk or Node Failure

Most object storage solutions, including OpenIO, handle data protection themselves, either by replicating data, or by splitting it and adding a parity overhead (erasure coding), and then geo-distributing different copies to secure it. In addition, a good storage system must ...
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22/11/2018

Why and How We Use Ansible

In the last couple of years we have done a great deal of work to simplify and automate OpenIO SDS deployment and configuration management. To do this, we have leveraged Ansible, which has been a real boon to our work.
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06/11/2018

What's New in OpenIO SDS 18.10

Yes, it's here. Right on time for the fall, and full of new features and improvements. The new version of SDS is now available. Most of these features were teased or previewed at OpenIO Summit. If you attended our event, you won't be surprised, but the list of new features ...
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29/10/2018

The Zero-Waste OpenIO cluster - Part 2

Software and Test In the first part of this series, we explained how we put together a working three-node cluster using only old parts we had lying around. Working with limited resources and second-hand legacy hardware proved to be a bit of a challenge, and our ...
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25/10/2018

Why Service Providers Should Embrace Object Storage

Amazon AWS launched its S3 web service in 2006, and its use has grown steadily since then. All major service providers now offer similar services, and ISPs of all sizes would like to do the same, but they worry about not being competitive enough. The investment required to ...
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15/10/2018

Why Performance Matters (in Object Storage)

A few weeks ago at our annual OpenIO Summit, we presented our new slogan: "Next-Gen Object Storage. Flexible. Smart. Fast.” In the last couple of years we have talked many times about flexibility, mostly made possible by Conscience technology, and smartness, provided by ...
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10/10/2018

The Zero-Waste OpenIO cluster

Part 1 - Hardware “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This idea motivated us to launch one of our side projects this year at OpenIO. We took on the challenge of building a small object storage cluster out of legacy hardware, using OpenIO SDS, to create a zero-waste ...
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04/10/2018

SNIA SDC18 - The key things to remember

I recently spent four days with the world’s leading vendors of storage technologies in Santa Clara, CA, at the SDC18 (Storage Developers Conference 2018) held by the SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association). I congratulate the SNIA for the organization of such a ...
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24/09/2018

Why OpenIO SDS Is a Perfect Backup Target

The most important thing about backups is being able to recover data. You regularly perform backups hoping you won't need them, but when you do, you want to get your data back as soon as possible. OpenIO SDS is the perfect backup repository for several reasons, and in this ...
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