The Top 10 Benefits of Cloudian HyperStore Object Storage

Posted on August 8, 2020 by rawee.k

Ensuring availability, security, durability and recoverability is critical to any data-driven business. At the same time, the need for an affordable and effective approach to managing on-premises and public cloud data has never been greater. If managing explosive data growth has become increasingly complex due to on-premises, hybrid or multi-clouds environments,  private cloud, new object storage technologies are available that offer limitless scalability, seamless cloud integration and data flexibility.

To meet these next-generation data needs, we’ve partnered with Cloudian, the leading software-defined object storage provider. Cloudian has helped 300+ organizations worldwide deploy new data storage strategies without making changes to their existing IT infrastructure. Compared with a traditional NAS/SAN solution, Cloudian Hyperstore is an enterprise object storage solution built on standardized hardware that is 70% less costly than public cloud providers.

This partnership helps our customers deploy Cloudian Hyperstore as a low-cost secondary storage tier to reclaim expensive Tier 1 storage, or repatriate data from public clouds, or legacy architecture running on outdated hardware and software dramatically reducing a IT department’s storage infrastructure TCO. As a result, storage administrators no longer need to host all of their organization’s data  on expensive public clouds, like AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. In addition, Cloudian Hyperstore is an on-premises object storage solution that sits behind a corporate firewall where it’s safe and secure.

Leverage the Top 10 Benefits of Cloudian Hyperstore to re-imagine storage economics and better manage your storage infrastructure vs. legacy alternatives.

  1. 1. Native S3 API Compatibility

For AWS S3-users, Cloudian provides the highest-level of S3 compatibilty with the lowest TCO of any enterprise storage system and ensures full interoperability with the ecosystem of S3 compatible applications. Pioneered by Amazon, Simple Storage Service (S3) has become the “de facto” standard for object storage in the cloud. Companies and developers implementing S3 apps that may run on-premises, or in hybrid/private cloud should consider Cloudian HyperStore® as it is fully native S3. Unlike other S3 compatible solutions, there is no gateway or access layer. It even reports the same error codes as AWS. Customers’ existing HTTP S3 applications are guaranteed to work and can even use the same AWS S3 SDK for building S3 apps.

  1. 2. Multi-Tenancy & Self Service

Cloudian HyperStore allows multiple users on a single, shared infrastructure without compromising security. Data for each user is logically separated from other users’ data and cannot be accessed by any other user unless access permission is explicitly granted. Cloudian HyperStore gives role-based access to system and group administrators and to users. Users can select and provision storage services on-demand from a service catalog, all done via a self-service portal.

  1. 3. QoS & Quotas

Cloudian HyperStore administrators can set usage rate limits and storage quotas on a per-group and peruser basis. Group administrators can set rate controls and quotas for individual members of the group, allowing prioritization and ensuring preferred access to resources for select users within a group. This level of granular control also ensures that resource consumption (bandwidth, capacity) does not go beyond the limits of the Cloudian HyperStore storage system.

  1. 4. Protect & Distribute Data with Storage Policies

Cloudian HyperStore provides storage policies (administrator selectable) for implementing data protection based on the value of the data. Users can choose which pre-configured storage policy to effect in order to protect the data. Customers can protect and distribute data using Replication or Erasure Coding.

With Replication, a configurable number of copies of each data object are maintained in the system, and each copy is stored on a different node. Copies can exist at various sites if desired. With Erasure Coding, each object is encoded into a configurable number of data fragments plus a configurable number of redundant parity fragments. Each fragment is stored on a different node, and the object can be decoded from any number of fragments.

Storage policies also provide fine grain control of data placement across data centers, taking into consideration factors such as cost efficiency, security levels, and proximity.

  1. 5. Scale Out with Low-Cost Commodity Hardware

Start small and grow, running on off-the-shelf commodity hardware. Cloudian HyperStore system can scale up to thousands of nodes across multiple data centers, supporting millions of users and hundreds of petabytes of data. New nodes — heterogeneous if desired — can be added without service interruption. Performance, capacity, and resiliency also increase in the process. Each node is an S3 server and can provide data access across the cluster, resulting in a true peer-to-peer platform with no single point of failure or bottleneck.

  1. 6. Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Tiering Ready

With Cloudian HyperStore, you can define a tiering policy per bucket, such as tier to other S3 platforms. Objects in that bucket can be tiered to Amazon S3 or Glacier, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, a different HyperStore cluster, or an S3-compatible off-line storage system such as tape. Warm data can be stored on Cloudian, cold data can be stored on tape, etc.

  1. 7. Charge Back & Accounting

Cloudian HyperStore provides system-wide, detailed reporting for a group or individual rate of consumption, such as storage size, data transfer (in and out), number of object get and put operations, and number of metadata get and put operations. The first step is to define a rating plan, where a price is associated with a particular metric. For example, consumption of storage up to 100GB would be $.1/GB per mo. Automatically, statistics are recorded about the users’ and groups’ consumption. At the end of the billing cycle, a report can be generated calculating the bill for each of group or user based on usage rates.

  1. 8. Tunable Consistency Levels

HyperStore also provides the ability to configure the level of data consistency when using replication or EC to protect objects across sites. For example, the default consistency requirement for read and write operations can be defined as “quorum,” meaning that a read or write operation must succeed on a quorum (or majority) before a success response is returned to the client application. For mission-critical data objects, the system can wait until an acknowledgment is received from ALL nodes across a single or multiple data center locations.

  1. 9. One Platform for Objects & Files

Cloudian HyperStore Connect for Files (CHCF) allows file services on top of Cloudian HyperStore object storage using industry standard protocols like NFS, CIFS, and FTP. File-based environments can gain tremendous benefits from the rich feature set intrinsic to Cloudian HyperStore object storage, such as high durability and availability, geo dispersal, multi-tenancy, and low cost.

  1. 10. Object Lifecycle Management

With Cloudian HyperStore, you can configure expiration for objects through Object Lifecycle Management. For example, you can impose a policy on an object so that after a year the object will be deleted (expired) automatically. Through object publishing, you can make an object available and accessible via the Web. You can publish it through a URL, allow a number of downloads against the object, and place an expiration. URL access will vanish accordingly.

Choosing the Right Cloudian Object Storage Solution

If learning more about how Cloudian on-premises object storage solutions can reduce cost by up to 70% when compared with traditional SAN/NAS solutions or AWS public clouds, schedule a time to speak or give us a call at (888) 828-7646. We’ve helped businesses of all sizes deploy S3-compatible object storage solutions to simply their storage infrastructure, as low-cost secondary storage tier with limitless scalability and data flexibility.