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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Introducing “Works with SwiftStack” and the SwiftStack Technology Partner Program

Since I joined SwiftStack almost five years ago, my team and I have been working tirelessly to identify, verify, document, and demonstrate software applications that have been created or modernized to work with private and public cloud storage platforms like SwiftStack via Amazon’s popular S3 API or the open-standard OpenStack Swift API. Some of the […]

An Architecture Blueprint for Splunk Enterprise with SmartStore

Based on the availability of SmartStore, Splunk’s optimized data management model in Splunk Enterprise 7.2 and Splunk Enterprise 7.3, Cisco and SwiftStack embarked on an effort to create a reference stack for the compute, storage, and networking infrastructure required to run Splunk at scale. The resulting document, a Cisco Validated Design (or “CVD”), is a […]

Do I need All-Flash Storage for AI/DL? – Part 2

Architecting large-scale Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning data pipelines In part 1 of this series https://bit.ly/2Taw9WH we discussed how Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning applications and workflows are inherently different from traditional file-based applications. In this post we will examine what alternatives are available to customers, and why SwiftStack is uniquely positioned to meet these requirements. Is the current […]

Do I need All-Flash Storage for AI/DL? – Part 1

Architecting large-scale Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning data pipelines Businesses adopting AI/DL data pipelines for Computer vision, Natural language processing / understanding (NLP /NLU), Anomaly detection, often ask me how to best architect these environments. To answer this, let’s analyze these use cases, and their requirements. Deep learning applications are inherently different from traditional applications The accelerated […]

Options for Simplified Testing of S3-compatible Object Storage

It has not always been easy to test for compatibility with object storage systems during application development or workflow design. From an accessibility standpoint, one of object storage’s big advantages is that it is API-driven over HTTPS, making it possible to be accessed  from anywhere, but this is sometimes not an option if the storage […]

Esports is changing the game in entertainment

When I started working in IT more than ten years ago, I never imagined I’d see the kinds of platforms used today to deliver media content. One of the most exciting, transformative and fastest growing categories in entertainment now is esports. SwiftStack serves several esports customers. These companies are typically video game developers whose titles […]