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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I Joined SwiftStack

Background Filing cabinets filled with custom laser-cut foam and ~600 loose hard drives, DiskCatalogMaker, and BlacX docks — this ’shared storage’ and archive strategy was my introduction to petabyte-scale problems in the media industry.  But let me back up. In late 2012, I joined an early-stage but now prominent post-production and distribution facility near Hollywood.  […]