Monday, August 5, 2013

The Cloudcast - #96 - Swift - More than OpenStack

Topic 1 – Joe, who are you?  You’ve been at CloudScaling & Engine Yard prior to your current gig at SwiftStack.  Author of a book on Swift.

Topic 2 - (Everything is Open and a Stack in the name, run us through some basics of terminology) Project vs. Product has come up a lot recently.  Tell me about Swift 1.9 as a project first (Global Clusters).  Private Cloud Storage as a product and just an OpenStack project?

Topic 3 – Object vs. File or Block?  Start at the lowest level, what kind of hardware?  What kind of software protections?  Discuss the ring vs. controller.  Geo-disbursement.  Scale out by de-coupling the controller from the actual storage nodes (SAN dual-head analogy).  How does it compare to others (i.e. Gluster, Ceph, Basho, etc.) & what makes it unique?

Topic 4 – Storage Efficiency?  Deduplication?  Actual Storage Algorithms?  Governance? Compliance?

Topic 5 - Use Cases?  Performance?  When is it a good fit?  When is it a bad fit?