OpenStack Swift (News - Alert) is a new OpenStack Object Storage project designed to deliver cloud storage software that can enable users to store and retrieve lots of data in virtual containers. Based on the Rackspace (News - Alert) Cloud Files offering and integrated with valuable contributions from HP, IBM, Intel, Rackspace, and Red Hat, the OpenStack Swift is now available with full support for data replication across geographies.
SwiftStack, a provider of private cloud storage for today’s applications, explained that users can leverage the full support for global clusters to quickly implement cloud storage at any place for disaster tolerance and to increase levels of service.
Joe Arnold, chief executive officer at SwiftStack, said, “SwiftStack is powered by OpenStack Object Storage, a decision I made when founding the company. The vibrant contribution to OpenStack and its proven performance at scale is the reason OpenStack Swift powers many of the world’s largest storage clouds. Our customers require a storage solution that supports high availability and disaster tolerance across geographies, which has been made possible with the community effort bringing support for global clusters to OpenStack Swift.”
OpenStack Object Storage is said to be suitable for cost effective, scale-out storage. It provides a fully distributed, API-accessible storage platform that can be integrated directly into applications or used for backup, archiving and data retention. It is also stated to be first product that features support for global clusters with open source technologies, offering installers the availability across geographies that their new applications require.
Some of the features built into the OpenStack Swift are: object server for storing object files less than 5GB with support for large objects to be added later; container server that keeps track of the objects; proxy server that handles all requests from the other server; authorization server for containing and authorizing cloud storage; account server for keeping track of all the containers; and more.