SwiftStack 4.0 Gives OpenStack Object Storage External Metadata Search, Integrated Load Balancing

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SwiftStack, developer of a commercial version of the open-source Swift object storage technology, on Tuesday introduced SwiftStack 4.0, the latest iteration of its platform featuring integrated load balancing and improved metadata searches.

SwiftStack 4.0, which was introduced at the OpenStack Summit this week in Austin, Texas, is aimed at server-focused channel partners who can use the software to build object storage solutions with the benefits of an OpenStack cloud, said Mario Blandini, vice president of marketing for the San Francisco-based company.

"It's like doing storage on Amazon or Google or Microsoft Azure, but in your data center behind your own firewall," Blandini told CRN.

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New with SwiftStack 4.0 is integrated load balancing, which Blandini said is aimed at overcoming the bottlenecks that happen when users access storage across a network.

"With integrated load balancing, there's no need for equipment from [Seattle-based] F5 Networks or [San Jose, Calif.-based] A10 Networks," he said. "There's no more need to ask the network guy for permission or help to get data moving faster."

SwiftStack 4.0 also now includes the ability to export the metadata generated by object storage for use in searches with third-party indexing and search services, Blandini said.

"Classic file systems have limits to what information users can access," he said. "Object storage lets users use as much of the metadata as they need. Users can use that metadata for external searches. The power of object storage is in the metadata. But most object storage solutions don't have the ability to export metadata."

Also new is a series of data migration tools channel partners can use to help customers with capacity planning or for moving data to the SwiftStack platform while the applications continue to run uninterrupted, Blandini said.

"Customers sometimes may be running their own internal object storage and realize that to compete with Google or Amazon, they need to migrate to SwiftStack," he said. "Or they may be in another public cloud environment but need to get off, such as after incubating in the cloud."

SwiftStack 4.0 also has an optional desktop client for Windows or Mac environments called SwiftStack Drive that gives users the ability to pull data from storage to their laptops for sync and share without the need for third-party applications, Blandini said.

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