April 28, 2011 OpenStack Conference – Commercializing Object Storage / Swift
Really enjoyed sharing our experiences deploying several petabytes of OpenStack Object Storage service (Swift) at the OpenStack conference. Great questions all around.
Major points were:
- Offer storage alongside other other services not as a standalone service.
- Take advantage of fault tolerance by using lower-cost, commodity equipment. Hardware for a petabyte of durable storage can be had for $750,000.
- Build a cross-functional team to deal with system design, software development and operations.
Also see my post on the cloudscaling blog: OpenStack Object Storage basics Q&A