Object storage is something that may be unfamiliar to many people even though it’s been around for a long time. Traditional block and file storage relies on the application knowing where to access the data. It may request all or part of a file at a certain SMB or NFS path, or all the data from block “x” to block “y” in a LUN. Object storage is different. Instead the application hands the piece of data to be storage to the system, and in return it receives an identifier. The application has no knowledge where or how the data is stored, it simply asks for its piece of information back and continues on.
StorageGRID Webscale is NetApp’s object data storage system. Recently version 10.2 was released and added a number of new and interesting features. To enlighten us, we asked none other than Duncan Moore, Director for StorageGRID at NetApp, to visit us and give us a breakdown. As always, Duncan does a great job extolling the benefits of object storage, so if you’re curious about object storage and it’s use cases, give this episode a listen!
Duncan has spent the last 15 years at NetApp working to build solutions to solve customer problems in the areas of: Backup & Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Object Storage and Storage Security. He joined NetApp in 1999 to work on NetApp's first, and industry leading, replication product SnapMirror and since then has been involved with many other industry firsts including: Unified primary/secondary storage deduplication, near-line storage appliances as well as integrations with leading data protection software vendors. Duncan’s current focus is in the area of Object Storage, where he leads the teams building NetApp’s StorageGRID distributed content repository system.
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