Who’s ready for an objective object lesson in object storage?

It’s changing how large storage infrastructures are implemented, so listen up

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... And the newcomers

There is a whole group of new startups that can be included in this scale-out kind-of-object-based storage too. Some of them are still in stealth (iguaz.io is an example) but others are already shipping their products (sometimes still in a controlled release):

  • Hedvig (founded by Avinash Lakshman) is promising multi-protocol scale-out storage
  • Cohesity (founded by Mohit Aron), GFS DNA and smart data services
  • Rubrik is very similar to Cohesity from the backend perspective, but very focused on seamless backup
  • Nutanix, with its new scale-out storage offering based on same technology used in its hyperconverged systems (GFS again)
  • QuoByte, Linux-oriented, European-based startup, focusing again on a GFS-like scale-out FS with an interesting HDFS interface
  • Rozo Systems; fast as hell erasure coding scale-out NAS

Closing the circle

Who have I missed? As always, I can’t mention everyone. Sometimes I just don’t believe in what it does, or it is totally absent in the market ... in other cases, I haven’t received any briefings lately and I prefer not to talk about something I’m not updated about.

The most interesting things are happening in two areas today: flash on one side and what I usually call “Trash” (all the rest) on the other. In the first area you find high IOPS, low latency storage with local high performance requisites, while in the other it’s all about throughput, parallelism and data accessed from everywhere (which I usually call distributed performance).

It’s interesting to note that all the newcomers I’ve mentioned in the post have some characteristics inherited form both groups but, from my point of view, they are still much more on the capacity side even, if performance is the core proposition for some of them.

[This is a disclaimer! Remember that I’m doing, or did, some work for various vendors mentioned in this article.]


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