Open vStorage featured in OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) Essentials

Are you still looking for a nice present to put under the Christmas tree? A good suggestion is OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) Essentials as it features Open vStorage as one of the use cases of OpenStack Swift. The book has been written by Swift experts Amar Kapadia (Sr. Director Product Marketing at Mirantis), Kris Rajana (CEO at Biarca) and Sreedhar Varma (Director - Storage Technologies and Software Development at Vedams Software).Read more …

2015, the Open vStorage predictions

The end of 2014 is near so it is time to look forward and see what 2015 will have to offer. Some people say there's no point in making predictions and that it's not worth speculating because nothing is set in stone and things change all the time in storage land. Allow us to prove these people wrong by sharing our 2015 storage predictions*: Acceleration of (hyper-)converged platforms Converged platforms are here to stay. Converged solutions are even the fastest growing segment for large storage vendors. But it will be players like Open…Read more …

Open vStorage is hot!

Open vStorage is hot! You can find the most important video's, podcasts and articles of the last few weeks here: OpenStack Online Meetup: How does OpenStack Swift play with Open vStorage? Podcast with Swift PTL John Dickinson and our own Wim Provoost as they discuss OpenStack storage and how Swift and Open vStorage, 2 open-source projects, work together to shake the OpenStack eco-system. The Register: Belgian upstart to 'bridge gap' between object, block storage. Or that’s the plan at least . Learn more about the latest developments in the Open vStorage project: support for Seagate Kinetic drives.…Read more …

Online Meetup: How does OpenStack Swift play with Open vStorage?

On Tuesday November 25th (09:00 AM PST), you can join the OpenStack Online Meetup community for a conversation between Swift's Program Technical Lead John Dickinson and Wim Provoost of Open vStorage as they discuss OpenStack storage and how their respective projects work together. They both had presented before and those were some of the most popular meetups. You can see Wim's episode here. This time they will be talking with both together about how Open vStorage can provide a block interface on top of OpenStack Swift. You can register here to be part…Read more …

Open vStorage and OpenStack – the Storage Switzerland take

Open vStorage is HyperFast storage for OpenStack Virtual Machines. SSDs and PCIe Flash cards inside the hosts are used as Tier 1 storage while OpenStack Swift, Ceph, or any S3 compatible object storage solution is used as Tier 2 storage. George Crump and Charlie Hodges from Storage Switzerland and our own Wim Provoost discussed the OpenStack Open vStorage relation during a 12 minute podcast. Some of the questions that are raised and answered in this podcast: What is Open vStorage? Which problems is Open vStorage trying to solve? Why does Open vStorage focusses…Read more …

OpenStack Online Meetup on Swift, VM Storage and OpenvStorage

Wim Provoost, Product Manager of Open vStorage, was asked to host a live webinar for OpenStack Online Meetup. OpenStack Online Meetup is the #1 online community for OpenStack contributors and users. During their weekly Google Hangout sessions they feature various OpenStack speakers. The sessions are intended for technical OpenStackers and tend to deep-dive into technology. The Open vStorage talk discusses how you can use OpenStack Swift, the Object Storage project within OpenStack, as primary storage for a Virtual Machine environment. In case you missed the live session, you can watch the recorded version…Read more …

Like maintaining a single storage platform isn’t hard enough ….

In our last blog post we discussed the Open vStorage Cinder Plugin. We had some people ask whether this means that you can now use Swift directly as primary storage for Virtual Machines. The short answer is: YES! A traditional OpenStack setup looks like the below reference architecture. You have Nova which provisions the VM. Cinder is providing block storage and Glance provides the image to deploy the VM. Swift is also used but only as repository for images and backups. You can use Cinder natively but this isn't high available and isn't…Read more …

Webscale 2.0

As a Product Manager I'm very often on challenging calls with potential users of Open vStorage and one of the questions that comes back on almost every call is: How scalable is Open vStorage? It is a question that is easy to answer: extremely scalable. Open vStorage is built from the ground up to support environments which have 100+ hosts. It is designed to be used in large datacenters as primary storage platform for all types of Virtual Machine workload. I'm aware that the term scalable is a bit biased and can have…Read more …

White Paper – Open vStorage + Swift, a killer VM storage combo

OpenStack Swift, probably the most used Object Storage for private cloud implementations, offers features which are very appealing for building a distributed storage solution. Alas, issues such as eventual consistency and the fact that hypervisors require block storage and can’t work with Object Storage, make it unsuitable for primary Virtual Machine storage. Open vStorage is the solution to turn Swift into a block device for Virtual Machines. The combination of Open vStorage + Swift offers great performance due to aggressive caching inside the Host, a unified namespace and many VM-centric features. Open vStorage…Read more …

Open vStorage 1.3

July arrived, a new Open vStorage release sees the light. We are happy to announce Open vStorage 1.3 which is a milestone release for Open vStorage: it is the first release where all content within a vPool is stored on the Storage Backend. On top, we now support the most used object store in the world, Swift. The File Driver: In earlier version we requested the user to set up a distributed file system (which is very complex) to store the non-volume data or use a BitTorrent sync protocol to keep these non-volume…Read more …