Well all know that the storage world is heading (some will claim already headed) towards object storage as the storage for cloud. As described in one of my articles object storage has several unique characteristics that set it apart from traditional file and block storage:
- It is highly scalable
- It has the ability to have user-defined metadata associated with objects
- Data is accessible from anywhere over https
- Users can access it via RESTful interface
- It offers a lower cost for storage, overall
Lets zoom into one the ability for RESTful interface. This ability gives this type of storage to connect with all the new era appliances and gadgets , like mobile phones, tablets, smart homes, sensors, etc which can be considered as a storage for IOT workload as well. One of my such article title deep dives on "Develop mobile apps with IBM MobileFirst Object Store Adapter and backend IBM Spectrum Scale Object (OpenStack SWIFT).
When on talks on object store, openstack SWIFT is what comes to mind to any user-base who thinks open. So while object storage because of it's REST capability give workloads to ingest data from any kind of appliance , there are application who do processing and deep analytics on data which requires the data to be available and accessible from the file interface. That is where SWIFT on File comes in. In my opinion , SWIFT on File is one unique storage policy of SWIFT that makes the SWIFT object store encapsulate aspects of Network-attach-Storage workload as well as continue to be a traditional Object store. This in reality takes the SWIFT object store to the next level and proves people who consider object storage as pure and only backup or archive storage wrong. It also absolutes some of the use cases where industry has been using Network-attach-Storage with an Webdev interfaces or similar. It is time to start considering object storage as a central storage and with 'SWIFT on File' capability which helps give a multiprotocol support to the data hosted by object makes it even more compelling.
It is also seen that there are existing industry buyers who are still stuck up with "buy-a-filer-box" strategy... the traditional NAS box mindset .. which is on its way to be legacy, especially if one understand the principles of Software Defined Storage which allows you to do more and be more flexible. One would argue that Software Defined Storage tends the buyer to be relatively more savvy - but in this competitive world IT and IT infrastructure is no longer a support system for your core business which was considered to be the case from year 19xx - 2007 - but now it has become the "central" piece of your core business and hence being savvy is no more an option. Since SWIFT object storage follows the software defined storage principles, if you are stuck up with traditional "buy-a-file-box" thinking you will soon be considered legacy and it is time to embrace the software defined storage strategy.
You can Learn more on: OpenStack Object on leading Software Defined Storage (as claimed by IDC) here.
For Swift on File here is a good video
and here is the
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