SwiftStack is an SDS solution that makes that possible by building on top of open source software that also happens to run on commodity hardware. It provides flexibility, control, and cost savings to services providers and enterprises that would like to use their own data centers for storage.
Arnold told InfoWorld that when building SwiftStack, the company's design goal was to make it easy to deploy, operate, and scale, as well as to provide the fastest experience when deploying and managing a private cloud storage system. Another key design element was to enable large-scale growth without any disruption to performance.
The system is completely automated, even when it comes to maintenance and upgrades, which can be done on the fly. Storage clusters can also be deployed across data centers or regions, creating a highly available design.
"What we are doing here is harnessing the storage power of a public cloud on commodity hardware, within a company's data center," explained Arnold.
SwiftStack's storage system is rich with enterprise features. The system consists of two main components -- SwiftStack Nodes and the SwiftStack Controller -- that together form a software-defined architecture. Storage intelligence is decoupled from the hardware and this modular SDS approach is what makes the system so flexible.
The first part of the system is the integrated stack that is packaged for turnkey deployment: the SwiftStack Nodes. These nodes include managing and monitoring agents, load balancing, authentication/authorization, as well as support for global clusters to enhance data availability. The second part is the SwiftStack Controller, which decouples storage management from the hardware and provides automated configuration, expansion, and handling of failures. With this latest release, SwiftStack is also providing customers with a choice between a cloud-hosted Controller and an on-premise Controller solution that can be deployed on-site in the customer's private data center.
This solution announcement follows on the heels of other news that came out earlier this month around another effort being led by SwiftStack with the help of Intel and other channel partners -- that is, to make OpenStack storage more efficient by implementing erasure coding. These improvements, according to SwiftStack, have the potential to cut OpenStack cloud storage costs by nearly 50 percent.
SwiftStack is currently available with software and support on a subscription basis starting at $249 per month per 25TB in use.
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