File storage vs object storage

The competition Traditionally, enterprise storage product lines are built around three capabilities, as listed in this table below: Capability Typical Implementation Data served T1 – Block stroage DAS (e.g. SAS cable) or SAN (Fibre Cable for FCP protocol, or Ethernet for iSCSI protocol) Mission critical data that are extremely sensitive to latency (e.g. database). Client … Read moreFile storage vs object storage

Cloud storage overview

In a narrow sense, cloud storage refers to object storage. In a broader sense, it refers to any storage service (block, file or object level) provided by cloud vendors, in a cloud business model. The underlying technology of storage, is the same be it in the cloud or on-premise. Block storage File storage object Interaction … Read moreCloud storage overview

Docker Compose, Docker Stack and Docker Swarm

This posting covers some basic docker orchestration tools. Docker Compose Docker Compose’s predecessor is a tool called Fig developed by Orchard, which was acquired by Docker in 2014, with Fig renamed to Docker Compose. Docker Compose is the official container management tool. It is essentially a python script that parses yaml file, to make Docker … Read moreDocker Compose, Docker Stack and Docker Swarm

Storage Nitty-Gritty 3 of 5 – NAS and Object Storage

NAS (network attached storage) NAS server is dedicated to file-serving. NAS device runs its own specialized operating system that is optimized for file I/O, integrated hardware and software component that meets specific file-service needs, and performs file I/O better than a general-purpose server. NAS device can serve more clients than general-purpose servers and provide the … Read moreStorage Nitty-Gritty 3 of 5 – NAS and Object Storage

Storage Nitty-Gritty 2 of 5 – SAN

In direct attached storage (DAS), storage is server centric and the host owns the storage. The storage is fully dedicated to the server that owns it. Storage has evolved into information centric model. In this model, when a new server is deployed in the environment, storage is assigned from the same shared storage pool to … Read moreStorage Nitty-Gritty 2 of 5 – SAN

Storage Nitty-Gritty 1 of 5 – Disk and RAID

On my trip I have been through several pre-sales discussions on storage. Therefore I’m taking this opportunities to write up a series of postings deep diving into storage technologies. In this first section, we lay out the foundation of storage technology, from physical device to RAID, focusing on the concepts. Some contents are excerpts from … Read moreStorage Nitty-Gritty 1 of 5 – Disk and RAID