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Two tracks Live from the Budokan (Tokyo)

Dozens of artist have recorded albums while performing in Tokyo. I took the chance to lay down a few tracks of my own with friends from SwiftStack in the garden within the OpenStack Summit complex. Swift happenings at OpenStack Summit in Tokyo John Dickinson (OpenStack Swift Project Technical Lead) and I preview the highlights before […]

The many ways Storage touches life science research

I had the opportunity to gain new perspective on how research institutes are gaining ground on cures for disease and cancer while attending the AIRI annual meeting in Washington DC. I have always been fascinated with the science of genomics and biochemistry, and it is easy to see the role this research plays in finding […]

Top 3 Reasons SwiftStack Changes the OPEX Equation

Over the last few weeks, I highlighted the significant savings SwiftStack Object Storage delivers on CAPEX. However, CAPEX is only one piece of the TCO pie and nearly 60% can be attributed to owning, operating, and managing the storage infrastructure (OPEX). When looking at OPEX models for traditional storage, the big guys like to say […]

Freedom of Choice = Massive Savings

It’s a fact that SwiftStack Object Storage delivers significant savings. For example, a two-site deployment can save nearly 50% over three years compared to scale-out NAS. Other object storage solutions have high acquisition costs and only start to payback on TCO at very large scale. However, with SwiftStack, the savings start from the beginning — […]

Two Datacenters for the Price of One

Two weeks ago, I showed how customers can get nearly 3x the capacity with SwiftStack Object Storage for the same price as a 100TB usable scale-out NAS solution. I received a bunch of great questions and a theme emerged — customers are asking what the value profile looks like for a multi-site deployment. So, I […]

Show Me the Numbers!

Object storage vendors are all saying they can save you 80% vs traditional storage. But do any of them show you the real numbers? Not really. That’s why I wrote this post — to discuss the actual savings potential with object storage. Sources of Savings Object storage definitely provides a significant reduction in total cost […]

Storing Sports Footage Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

SwiftStack is helping sports video professionals realize the power of active archive. Our recent sponsorship of the Sports Video Group is a step forward in bringing SwiftStack’s new breed of object storage to the Media and Entertainment industry. SwiftStack’s solution is powered by OpenStack Swift, offering a unique controller and freedom of choice for genuine […]

Demo Theatre 3000: Erasure Codes with SwiftStack

We wanted to take the Mystery out of Erasure Codes by showing you what this feature looks like on the SwiftStack interface, and how easy it is to deploy. Tim Burke, a software engineer at SwiftStack and I demo deploying and using Erasure Codes in OpenStack Swift with SwiftStack. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for […]

Erasure Codes Now a Part of OpenStack Kilo

Today’s OpenStack Kilo release includes a significant new feature in Swift: Swift now supports Erasure Codes, in addition to Replicas, as a way to do data durability, ensuring that data will not be permanently lost or corrupted. Why are Erasure Codes important? In any storage system, the way to get durability is to store more […]

Behind the Scenes: “Under the Hood” with Erasure Codes

This week we’re keeping things simple…in writing, anyways. We’re going to let our video feature on Erasure Codes speak for itself. In this video, Clay Gerrard, a Sr. Software Engineer here at SwiftStack (and Core OpenStack Swift contributor) goes “under the hood” and breaks down Erasure Codes for us. But before we get to the […]

Now Available: Insanely Easy Storage Policies With SwiftStack

The Juno release of OpenStack Swift includes a ground-breaking capability which allows you to tailor your storage infrastructure to exactly match your use case. Storage policies allow deployers to specifically configure their Swift cluster to support the different needs of data stored in the cluster. Storage policies allow you to organize data in your Swift cluster based on…

OpenStack Swift 2.0 Released and Storage Policies Have Arrived

Today I’m happy to announce the release of OpenStack Swift 2.0.0. This release includes storage policies–the culmination of a year of work from many members of the Swift contributor community. Storage policies are the biggest thing to happen in Swift since it was open-sourced four years ago. Storage policies allow you to tailor your storage infrastructure to […]