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OpenStack Announces Significant Capability for Object Storage



Today’s announcement of Storage Policies for Swift Object Storage represents a tremendous step forward in the maturity of storage solutions for OpenStack environments. This new advancement will enable enterprises and developers the freedom to optimize their data placement based upon their particular performance and cost requirements. In a world where storage hardware technology is continually advancing, the new Swift Storage Policies will abstract away deployment complexity and significantly simplify ongoing operation.


HP is a strong believer in managing storage with policies as an effective optimization strategy. HP 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual Adaptive Optimization technology delivers policy-based storage tiering to enable enterprises to optimize the performance and cost of their storage systems. The new Storage Policies for Swift greatly extend the portfolio of solutions users have to manage their cloud storage.


While Storage Policies are a significant step forward, today’s announcement is also laying the critical foundation for more features to enable higher reliability and higher scalability in Swift storage solutions. The delivery of Erasure Coding for Swift later this year will be yet another huge step forward in the maturity of OpenStack storage solutions.


From the release:


Requested by enterprise users and cloud operators, storage policies allow application developers to choose the storage hardware on which their data resides. Additional capabilities include specifying how data is stored across storage clusters and data centers in different geographical regions. Users can also control replication policies that can improve the economy of different types of storage without compromising availability. Finally, storage policies add modularity and extensibility to the object storage system, allowing for new capabilities such as Erasure Coding expected later this year.


With storage policies, users can match their storage configuration to their application use case. For instance, users might prefer spinning media for one application and SSD for another. Some applications might require triple data replication, while others need only 2x replication. And, some applications might need to specify use of storage clusters in a particular geographic location to meet data sovereignty and related regulatory requirements.


Storage policies have been in development for a year, and are the product of broad collaboration across the OpenStack community. More than three dozen developers at 15 companies contributed to the version of Swift integrated into the current Icehouse release cycle of OpenStack. There are also several independent developers who contributed. Lead contributing companies (by lines of code) include SwiftStack, Intel, Red Hat / eNovance, IBM, Rackspace, HP, independent developers, EasyStack, SoftLayer and Dell (source: Stackalytics).


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