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Monday, 14 September 2015 14:32

Avere Systems new support for OpenStack Swift

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Collaboration with open source vendor, SwiftStack, will help organisations leverage low-cost, scalable object storage with Avere’s high performance file-system capabilities

Hybrid cloud storage solutions business, Avere Systems, has announced support for SwiftStack, enterprise object storage to accelerate organisations use of public cloud and OpenStack based private clouds.

The new support will enable organisations to combine Avere’s high-performance file system capabilities with SwiftStacks’ low-cost, scalable on-premises object storage solution based on OpenStack Swift. Avere supports SwiftStack through its FlashCloud technology and implements the Amazon S3 API to integrate with SwiftStack. FlashCloud connects to public and private clouds, translating standard NAS protocols and protecting customer application investments. Marrying object storage with file systems based NAS provides customers with unlimited capacity scaling in the cloud and unlimited performance scaling with its FXT Series Edge filers.

SwiftStack object storage was designed to give enterprises a simple solution for deploying and operating a private storage cloud inside their firewall and is unique among private object storage in offering no lock-in of data, freedom of choice in standard hardware and control of clusters across data centres.

Swift was the open-source object storage system bundled with OpenStack and is used in many of the world's largest public clouds and in countless private deployments. Swift's software-only architecture allows for massive scalability and durability, and also runs on Linux and industry-standard servers, which makes it a natural choice for organisations looking for flexibility in deployment choices and low operational cost. However as with most Open Source solutions it’s not enterprise-ready. Which is where SwiftStack comes in. Their Swift implementation adds operational and management functionality to Swift and provides support and integration.

“SwiftStack provides a very scalable enterprise-grade storage solution to those organisations seeking to build their own private object store and Avere then brings the file system and performance capabilities required to make use of the vast amount of unstructured data stored in SwiftStack,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “As we grow our relationships with public and private cloud vendors, we strive to make the hybrid cloud a realistic business approach for customers and provide competitive advantage within their respective industries.”

John Dickinson, Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift agrees. "The results from this collaboration not only increase and accelerate access to public cloud, it also benefits organisations building private clouds using OpenStack."

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