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November 09, 2012

Apache CloudStack 4.0 Integrates Caringo as Object Storage

In addition to bringing on Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) support, the new Apache CloudStack 4.0 release has integrated software provider Caringo’s CAStor technology as object store for the project, which is currently undergoing incubation with the Apache Software Foundation.

An object-based storage device is a computer storage device, which is identical to disk storage, but functions at a higher level. An OSD organizes data into flexible-sized data containers, called objects, instead of offering a block-oriented interface that reads and writes fixed sized blocks of data.

CAStor provides secure, multi-tenant storage that scales from terabytes to petabytes with customizable level of 9s data durability without backups or RAID. The integration is available for immediate download from the Apache Software Foundation, according to Mark Goros, CEO of Caringo.

“Content storage results in the largest data center footprint in any cloud service which is why administrators need to think about how they will refresh their hardware over time in addition to scalability,” Goros said in a statement. “What our software does is decouple content from hardware, solving scale and hardware obsolescence issues while providing the ability to optimize storage infrastructure for footprint or access based upon the required level of 9s data durability. We are pleased to bring our software to CloudStack users and are committed to continuing to fulfill our mutual customers’ most pressing storage needs.”

Company officials said the addition of Caringo object storage powered by CAStor allows enterprises to benefit from:

  • Data durability without backups and RAID through Elastic Content protection that enables the ability to set the level of 9s per object and optimize for access or footprint.
  • More than simple storage, providing customizable metadata, WORM and auditable per-file authenticity enabling granular control and compliance use cases.  
  • Rapid performance regardless of file size, number of files or capacity, enabled by CAStor’s highly efficient symmetric architecture that is market proven and field hardened over the last six years and in use by over 500 customers.
  • Content portability, through CAStor’s universally unique, non-hash based id that stores metadata with the content for true content mobility with the ability to evolve server and storage hardware for decades to come, while maintaining the integrity of information.

The use of CAStor as the main content store also includes servicing with no downtime and zero provisioning for real-time expansion and round-the-clock operations making delivery of Storage-as-a-Service possible while maintaining high performance and quality of service, company officials said.

Earlier this year, Caringo outlined some key tips to consider before investing in an object storage platform, TMCnet reported.

First, Caringo advises the organizations to look for a solution with symmetric architecture where all nodes do the same thing and there are no “specialty nodes.” Secondly, single therapy investors should make sure that the object storage solution can efficiently safeguard the information based on the business value of the content irrespective of file size, file count or capacity. To read more object storage tips, click here.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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