Object Storage: Better Monetizing Content by Transitioning from Tape

As media organizations look for new ways to monetize their ever-growing content archives, they need to ask themselves whether they have the right storage foundation. In a recent article I wrote for Post Magazine, I discussed the advantages of object storage over tape when it comes to managing and protecting content. Below is a reprint of the article.

S3 Storage: Behind the Scenes

What is S3 Storage? Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a massively scalable storage service based on object storage technology. It provides a very high level of durability, with high availability and high performance. Data can be accessed from anywhere via the Internet, through the Amazon Console and the powerful S3 API. S3 storage provides … Read More

Cloudian Named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage

We are excited to announce that Cloudian has been recognized as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. It’s the second year in a row we received this distinction, and we’re proud that Cloudian continues to be a trendsetter in customer excellence. As of March 2021, we had the highest overall rating and the most reviews in our market.

Tape — Does It Measure Up?

Anyone who has worked with LTO tapes is well aware of the challenges. Let’s just say that they are anything but easy to deal with. From the lack of accessibility to the complexity of management and overall costs of maintaining and expanding aging tape libraries, the challenges have been a thorn in the side of many an IT administrator. Historically, organizations have bitten the proverbial bullet and implemented tapes for long-term data archiving and backup, inheriting along with it all the associated problems. However, the remote aspect of distributed teams during COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the accessibility and maintenance challenges inherent to large data tape libraries.

How to Set up HyperStore S3 Object Storage on VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu

We recently announced general availability of Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage on VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu.  HyperStore® is S3-compatible object storage, which now integrates with VMware’s vSAN Data Persistence platform to provide a containerized version of HyperStore managed by Kubernetes. In this blog, I describe the steps to set up HyperStore in this environment so that apps can consume S3 object storage.  The setup can either use kubectl command-line operations or the vSphere Client User Interface (VC UI).  Here we focus on using the VC UI. 

How VMware vSAN Data Persistence Platform and Cloudian Object Storage Drive Down Operating Costs

VMware today announced general availability of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2. VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu lets organizations run both modern and traditional applications within a single management framework, thus reducing operating expenses. Cloudian is proud to be part of this announcement with the integration of Cloudian HyperStore object storage as part of this platform.

Cloudian Chosen for Osaka University’s New High Performance Computing Project

Osaka University and NEC have announced that Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage will be used in a new cloud-linked HPC and high-performance data analysis supercomputer system at the university. This is the latest example of customers adopting Cloudian to help them manage, protect, and extract value from their big data, capitalizing on HyperStore’s limitless scalability, cost-effectiveness, fully native S3 compatibility and industry-leading security.

Cloudian and VMware Solution Update

In today’s modern IT departments everywhere, IT managers are using IT infrastructure services from both public and private cloud platforms. IT managers have figured out which workloads operate best on internal or external platforms and have settled into a hybrid cloud strategy, but ultimately public cloud services are a separate “island” of resources to manage and interaction between public and private cloud services have been limited to tiering and DR type services.

The Common Foundations of Kubernetes and Object Storage

Reading Brendan Burns’ The History of Kubernetes & the Community Behind It, I was struck by the common technical foundations of Kubernetes and object storage.  Burns lists Kubernetes’ “basic feature set” as an orchestrator to deploy and manage containers as (1) Replication to deploy multiple instances of an application; (2) Load balancing and service discovery to route traffic to these replicated containers; (3) Basic health checking and repair to ensure a self-healing system; (4) Scheduling to group many machines into a single pool and distribute work to them.