QuantaStor SDS object storage configurations enable organizations to deploy cost-effective hyper-scale storage for a variety of archive and application workloads using the S3 and/or SWIFT REST based protocols. Primary use cases for object storage include next generation web applications using S3 REST APIs and large scale media archives for video, photos, and documents that need the ability to scale from 100TB to 100PB and beyond. According to Gartner, enterprise object storage adoption key drivers include:

  • The need for lower-cost, scalable, multi-tenant platforms for storing petabytes of data.
  • New investments in private clouds and analytics in industries such as media and entertainment, life sciences, public sector, and education/research that need scalable, cost-effective storage.
  • Enterprise developers and DevOps teams with the need to extend their storage to the public cloud.

Object Storage Key Features

Rapid Object Storage Deployment
QuantaStor's unique grid technology takes the powerful yet complex Ceph storage technology and makes it simple to deploy and maintain. Via just three simple screens in the QuantaStor SDS web interface administrators can setup an entire optimized grid of object storage in just minutes.

Forever Filesystems
OSNEXUS uses Ceph technology and other open storage technologies in our QuantaStor platform because we know that it is especially important to the organizations we serve to have an open on-disk format. This eliminates the high risk that comes with the shorter longevity and higher lifespan risk that comes with proprietary file-systems. By backing and improving Ceph with a larger community of companies and contributors that the technology will be supported and extended for decades to come, it's what we refer to as a "forever file-system".

One Grid, Multiple-clusters
With the ability to scale a QuantaStor SDS storage grid to 64x appliances, one can create multiple individual independent Object Storage clusters within the grid to enable I/O independence and asynchronous replication between sites and clusters. QuantaStor's powerful configuration, monitoring and management features make it easy to setup large and complex configurations with ease through the grid wide web management interface.

Object and Block Storage Co-exist on One Platform
QuantaStor supports the use of Ceph for both object S3/SWIFT and block (RBD & iSCSI) storage at the same time. Setup of both Block and Object Storage is greatly simplified by QuantaStor through the web management interface. Simply select the appliances and storage layout (erasure-coding, replicas) and the QuantaStor grid does the rest by automatically deploying S3/SWIFT Object Gateways on all selected appliances. From there a cluster can be extended, expanded and monitored with ease through the web interface, CLI, and REST APIs with call-home alerting via SNMP, email and PagerDuty.

OpenStack Integration
QuantaStor object storage integrates with OpenStack by adding it as an OpenStack Swift end-point to the Keystone OpenStack Identity Service so that OpenStack services can use the object storage to store image data and metadata.

Next Steps

Learn more about how you can deploy QuantaStor SDS on the server platform of your choice through our Reference Configuration guides here.

Further Reading

Integrating OpenStack with QuantaStor SDS
How to integrate SoftLayer’s Object Storage with OSNEXUS QuantaStor
Scale-out Object Storage Administrators Guide