SwiftStack Blog

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Billions and Billions of Objects…

The goal of SwiftStack’s core storage is for apps to store and retrieve data without worrying about hard problems like durability, failure handling, bit rot detection, capacity scaling, and concurrent access. With SwiftStack, an app can write bytes into the storage system and later read them back out. No need to worry about anything else. […]

Harnessing the Power of Metadata in a Multi-Cloud World (Part 1) By Ted Butler & Chris Nelson

Metadata Life Cycle Organizations of today can easily generate and persist large amounts of data, but this does not come without a challenge:  The question, “How can we store all of this data?” has been replaced with, “How can we derive value from all of this data?”  Without a logical way to locate something or […]

Cisco Live 2018: Top 3 Market Developments Since Last Year’s Conference

As Cisco Live 2018 approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s happened in the scale-out storage market (and with the Cisco UCS & SwiftStack solution)over the past 12 months. To do so, it’s helpful to note some of the broader industry context: major business publications are covering how data intelligence is reshaping many industries, […]

Focus Highlight: SwiftStack in Life Sciences

Introduction I recently had an opportunity to speak at HIMMS17—the conference “where the brightest minds in health and IT meet.”  According to the session abstract, my job was to share case studies for integrating object storage and leveraging metadata to advance the state of the art in genomics research.  I thought it might be useful […]

Gartner Research Recognizes SwiftStack as a Visionary Company

Proud to be recognized as a visionary As you can see in the media, analysis of Gartner’s latest analysis on the distributed filesystem and object storage category began within 30 hours of the research being published. SwiftStack will issue a press release on this research once we get approval back from Gartner, but in the […]

What’s going on in Swift?

We’ve come home from another great Swift midcycle hackathon. We’ve released 2.10.0. We’re getting ready for the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of the review queue and what our respective employers are building on, around, and with Swift. What’s the bigger picture, though? What can we expect […]

SwiftStack and Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) at the Intel Developer Forum

On Tuesday, I visited the Intel Developer Forum at the Moscone Center in San Francisco along with John Dickinson (Swift co-founder and current PTL), which is dedicated to makers, developers, and hardware manufacturers. The halls of Moscone West were filled to the brim with hands-on tech demos, new products, and countless projects showing off the […]

SwiftStack Announces Collaboration with Cisco

SwiftStack, valued for providing the benefits of public cloud storage behind enterprise firewalls, today at Cisco Live announced it is collaborating with Cisco to further deliver a turnkey enterprise cloud solution that enables customers to innovate faster, and respond to market opportunities with start-up speed and enterprise reliability. The integration of SwiftStack 4.0 with Cisco […]