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Introducing SwiftStack 7: The Platform for Intelligent Data

Leading businesses and organizations are transforming their industries by being more and more data driven. Over the past few decades, software has changed the world we live in. Now, data is changing the world. Data is not just being stored at unprecedented scale, but data utilization is increasing dramatically with new ways to extract value […]

TensorFlow 2.0 and Object Storage: Train Neural Networks with Large Datasets

This past summer, I shared a tutorial for how to load large datasets into TensorFlow 1.x from object storage using the S3 API. This new tutorial will show how TensorFlow 2.0 can leverage data from an object store. For those unfamiliar, object storage is the de-facto standard for storing unstructured data in environments requiring massive […]

SwiftStack Data Platform for AI

The SwiftStack Data Platform for AI is a transformational announcement for the Accelerated Computing market and builds upon our “World’s 1st Multi-cloud AI/ML Data Management Solution” announcement at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in March earlier this year.   Accelerated Computing Market Transitions Consider the transitions that have happened in this market even in the small […]

Does Management Failure in a Distributed Storage System Matter?

Recently, we posted an article about the criticality of drive failure in a distributed system vs a traditional storage array. Another component that can cause challenges if it fails is the system’s management controller, right? In a modern, distributed system, it may not. A quick recap on the resiliency of a distributed storage system: once […]

RAID Storage vs Distributed Storage – Does Drive Failure Matter Anymore?

For decades, the industry has been conditioned to believe that the loss of a drive or the loss of a server was the most tragic event that could happen in our data centers. As the industry started to use “servers” to provide Software-Defined Storage solutions, those concerns about system failure became even greater, since these […]

Seamless NAS Offload to Cloud Storage: SwiftStack and InfiniteIO Solution

There is much to like about cloud storage, but even as the pace of cloud storage growth continues to accelerate (especially hybrid cloud), one of the most common hurdles we see is the potential disruption of business workflows during the transition away from file-based applications and the migration off of NAS-based storage architectures.  Without a […]

Hybrid Cloud Storage Cost (A Breakdown of Pricing)

According to analysis from Forrester, 68% of business buyers prefer to research on their own, online. But what if you’re trying to determine what an enterprise product will cost? Even if you ask a technology provider about the cost of their offering, you’ll likely hear silence followed by “well…it really depends”. Technology pricing is mostly […]

Object Storage Adoption in Media Strong at IBC 2019!

Not long ago, people looked at us like we were speaking in alien tongues when we asked if their applications supported object storage.  They didn’t know what object storage was or only knew of it in the context of Dropbox or Google Drive. How things have changed! Flying home from IBC, what struck me most […]

Containerized S3-compatible Object Storage (the reason for pico swiftstack)

A few weeks ago, my colleague Jon Kelly posted a blog article titled “How I Used pico swiftstack to Test TensorFlow with S3 Storage”. Since pico swiftstack is a relatively new product, I would like to explain why having a containerized S3-compatible object storage option for testing and experimenting is helpful to anyone evaluating scale-out, […]

Continuous Data Availability in Splunk Enterprise with SmartStore and SwiftStack

Splunk Enterprise protects mission-critical applications, and in doing so, it has become a mission-critical application that must be protected and factored into every disaster recovery (DR) plan. Since SwiftStack is a storage provider, this article will focus on protecting the data sets within Splunk. With Splunk’s SmartStore feature – first introduced in Splunk Enterprise 7.2 […]

Modernizing Data Management in Scientific Research

A Blueprint: Multi-Region, Multi-Cloud, Metadata-Searchable Storage Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. A top-10 global pharmaceutical.  Counsyl. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Ploid. University of Virginia.  Georgia Tech. SURFsara. And more. These companies and institutions—ranging from leading pharmaceuticals to globally recognized not-for-profit researchers and myriad organizations providing specific services to the industry—have been […]

Use Aspera with SwiftStack in 3 Easy Steps

Using Aspera with SwiftStack private cloud object storage unlocks numerous possibilities, including architectures that are not possible with traditional NAS/SAN storage.  These advantages include: Integrated disaster-recovery: multi-region functionality can write to 2+ physical locations simultaneously and transparently fail-over Resilient: read from and write to storage despite poor network conditions Ultimate DMZ: immune to ransomware; fully […]