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Introduction My last post talked about the benefits of Object Storage today. My next few posts will talk about the future direction of Object Storage technology, and the upcoming features that you should be aware of. Today, I will talk about Erasure Coding. Once again, this post will be Swift-centric, but many of these concepts will likely be embraced by other platforms as well.
Introduction In my previous blog post on Object Storage, I provided an overview of what Object Storage is, and how it compares to conventional storage platforms. In this post, I will discuss what benefits Object Storage can provide for you today.  As there are a variety of solutions to choose from, each offering different pros, cons and price-points, I will focus on OpenStack Swift, the open-source Object Storage component of OpenStack, as it is vendor-agnostic and freely available to everyone.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ken Hui will be joining John Griffith, OpenStack Program Technical Lead for the Cinder Project and Solutions Architect at SolidFire for a webinar Tuesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. CDT to talk about OpenStack Block Storage Design Considerations including an interactive panel discussion at the end. Please join John and I by registering at: https://t.co/CRSEOkM5sD.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ken Hui will be joining John Griffith, OpenStack Program Technical Lead for the Cinder Project and Solutions Architect at SolidFire for a webinar Tuesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. CDT to talk about OpenStack Block Storage Design Considerations including an interactive panel discussion at the end. Please join John and I by registering at: https://t.co/CRSEOkM5sD.
Introduction To call Object Storage an emerging technology would be inaccurate. There are already trillions of objects and hundreds (perhaps thousands) of petabytes of data in Object Storage public clouds, such as Rackspace Cloud Files and Amazon S3, in private clouds based on the OpenStack Object Storage platform Swift, and other platforms such as EMC’s Atmos.
You face a difficult decision in coming days – the press has reported that Nirvanix, your cloud storage provider, is closing its cloud services and you must decide where to take your data.
The verdict is in: distributed object stores like Rackspace Cloud Files, based on OpenStack Swift, are winning the battle for scale-out storage. Anyone can now deploy petabyte-scale storage on inexpensive commodity hardware with data-durability and availability guarantees that far exceed RAID based setups, at a fraction of the cost.
While patience may be a virtue, no one likes to wait when it comes loading a website. Each second that ticks away while your page loads results in a 16 percent decrease in customer satisfaction. Fortunately, whether you are hosting on a virtualized or physical server, you can leverage the Content Delivery Network (CDN) that powers our Cloud Files product to load your page much faster.
A few months ago we had the opportunity to take on a project that would bring Rackspace Cloud Files together with SharePoint web sites. This would be in the form of a SharePoint 2013 app where you would have the ability to log into your Rackspace Cloud account and have access to your cloud storage. Since file collaboration and sharing is in high demand, we also wanted to give you the ability to share files stored in your cloud storage with other people — regardless of whether or not that person has access to the SharePoint site. This would be a step toward facilitating collaboration between SharePoint and non-SharePoint users.
Cloud Files now offers Access Log Delivery, a feature that allows users to enable logging for non-CDN enabled containers. As you may know, logging for CDN-enabled containers already exists today.
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